Friday, March 27, 2009

Use FileZilla for speedy FTP/SFTP/FTPS transfers

FileZilla is a great free and open source FTP client I have been using for years on Windows. FileZilla is available for Windows, Linux, and Macs. On my Mac, however, I have been using Cyberduck, another free and open source program, because it supports better system integration. Both applications support FTP, SFTP, and FTPS, which are the three main file transfer methods I have historically used. Cyberduck has a problem though. Its SFTP transfers are so painfully slow that it is almost not even worth using. This is a known bug in the program.

FileZilla, on the other hand, does not suffer from such a bug. Now I have switched back to using FileZilla as my FTP client of choice on my Mac. FileZilla is also available as an FTP server for Windows and is a fantastic program that I have been using for years as well.

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