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FTP is a file transfer protocol for exchanging files over any TCP/IP based network to manipulate files on another computer on that network regardless of which operating systems are involved (if the computers
permit FTP access). There are many existing FTP client and server programs. FTP servers can be set up
anywhere between game servers, voice servers, internet hosts, and other physical servers.

GUI FTP Clients

Gftp

gFTP is a free/open source multithreaded FTP client. It is most used on Unix-like systems, but it can be
also be used on Mac OS X. It includes both a GUI (which utilizes the GTK+) and a command-line interface.

Install gftp in Ubuntu

sudo aptitude install gftp

Filezilla

FileZilla is an FTP program for file uploading and downloading to and from your FTP site, server, or host. The program lets you transfer files and navigate among folders, Web sites, and your computer. This software enables you to perform multiple file transfers simultaneously.

Install filezilla in Ubuntu

sudo aptitude install filezilla

Kasablanca

Kasablanca is an ftp client, written in c++, using the kde libraries. among its features are currently encryption (auth tls) support, fxp, site bookmarks, and queued transfers.

sudo aptitude install Kasablanca

Fireftp

FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers.

Download Fireftp from here

KFTPgrabber

KFTPgrabber is a graphical FTP client for the K Desktop Environment. It implements many features required for usable FTP interaction.

Install KFTPgrabber in Ubuntu

sudo aptitude install KFTPgrabber

WinSCP on WINE

WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client and FTP client for Windows. Legacy SCP protocol is also supported. Its main function is safe copying of files between a local and a remote computer.

GNOME Commander

GNOME Commander is a "two-pane" graphical filemanager for the Gnome desktop environment. GNOME Commander aims to fulfill the demands of more advanced users who like to focus on file management, their work through special applications and running smart commands.

Install GNOME Commander in Ubuntu

sudo aptitude install gnome-commander

Sitecopy

sitecopy allows you to easily maintain remote Web sites. The program will upload files to the server
which have changed locally, and delete files from the server which have been removed locally, keeping
the remote site synchronized. FTP and WebDAV are supported.

Install sitecopy in ubuntu

sudo aptitude install sitecopy

FileRunner

FileRunner is an X-Based FTP program. It gives you a windowed view of files on your local system and a
remote system. It allows transferring multiple files at once, tagging of files, etc.

Install Filerunner in Ubuntu

sudo aptitude install filerunner

konqueror

Konqueror is the KDE file manager. It has support for ftp and much more. You can login to ftp sites with
a username and password like this:

ftp://username:[email protected]

Command line FTP Clients

Ftp

ftp is the user interface to the ARPANET standard File Transfer Protocol. The program allows a user to transfer files to and from a remote network site.

Install ftp in Ubuntu

sudo aptitude install ftp

Cftp

Cftp is an ftp client where you just use the arrow keys to move around and get what you want. This program is rather limited -- you probably want to use something like lftp instead.

Install cftp Ubuntu

sudo aptitude install ubuntu

Lftp

Lftp is a file retrieving tool that supports FTP, HTTP, FISH, SFTP, HTTPS and FTPS protocols under both IPv4 and IPv6. Lftp has an amazing set of features, while preserving its interface as simple and easy as possible.

The main two advantages over other ftp clients are reliability and ability to perform tasks in background. It will reconnect and reget the file being transferred if the connection broke. You can start a transfer in background and continue browsing on the ftp site. It does this all in one process.

When you have started background jobs and feel you are done, you can just exit lftp and it automatically moves to nohup mode and completes the transfers. It has also such nice features as reput and mirror. It can also download a file as soon as possible by using several connections at the same time.

Lftp can also be scriptable, it can be used to mirror sites, it lets you copy files among remote servers
(even between FTP and HTTP). It has an extensive online help. It supports bookmarks, and connecting to several ftp/http sites at the same time.

Install lftp in ubuntu

sudo aptitude install lftp

Ftpcopy

ftpcopy is a simple FTP client written to copy files or directories (recursively) from an FTP server. It was written to mirror FTP sites which support the EPLF directory listing format, but it also supports the traditional listing format (/bin/ls).
ftpls is an FTP client which generates directory listings, either in plain text or HTML. The tools only support passive mode FTP. There is no plan to support active mode.

Install ftpcopy ubuntu

sudo aptitude install ftpcopy

Ncftp

This program allows a user to transfer files to and from a remote network site, and offers additional features that are not found in the standard interface, ftp. This version has Readline support enabled. This is a complete re-write of version 2.4.3 (Debian package ncftp2).

Some users may prefer the full-screen ncurses interface of the "older" NcFTP 2.4.3; if you are one of them, install the ncftp2 package instead.

Install ncftp in Ubuntu

sudo aptitude install ncftp

Tnftp

tnftp is what many users affectionately call the enhanced ftp client in NetBSD . This package is a `port' of the NetBSD ftp client to other systems.

The enhancements over the standard ftp client in 4.4BSD include:

* command-line editing within ftp
* command-line fetching of URLS, including support for:
-- http proxies (c.f: $http_proxy, $ftp_proxy)
-- authentication
* context sensitive command and filename completion
* dynamic progress bar
* IPv6 support (from the WIDE project)
* modification time preservation
* paging of local and remote files, and of directory listings
(c.f: `lpage', `page', `pdir')
* passive mode support, with fallback to active mode
* `set option' override of ftp environment variables
* TIS Firewall Toolkit gate ftp proxy support (c.f: `gate')
* transfer-rate throttling (c.f: `-T', `rate')

Install tnftp in ubuntu

sudo aptitude install tnftp

GNU Midnight Commander

GNU Midnight Commander is a text-mode full-screen file manager. It uses a two panel interface and a subshell for command execution. It includes an internal editor with syntax highlighting and an internal
viewer with support for binary files. Also included is Virtual Filesystem (VFS), that allows files on
remote systems (e.g. FTP, SSH, SMB servers) and files inside archives to be manipulated like real files.

Install Midnight Commander in Ubuntu

sudo aptitude install mc

Yafc

yafc is an ftp client intended to be a replacement for the standard ftp(1) program. Features include
directory cache, remote filename completion, aliases, colored ls, recursive get/put/ls/rm, nohup mode

transfers, tagging (queueing), background downloading, and more. This version is compiled without KTH Kerberos 4/5 authentication.

Install yafc in Ubuntu

sudo aptitude install yafc

Ftp-ssl

ftp is the user interface to the ARPANET standard File Transfer Protocol. The program allows a user to
transfer files to and from a remote network site.

ftp-ssl replaces normal ftp using SSL or TLS authentication and encryption. It interoperates with normal ftpd. It checks if the other side is also talking SSL or TLS, if not it falls back to normal ftp protocol.

Advantages over normal ftp(d): Your passwords and the data you send will not go in cleartext over the line. Nobody can get it with tcpdump or similar tools.

Install ftp-ssl in ubuntu

sudo aptitude install ftp-ssl

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9 Comments to “List of FTP Clients Available in Ubuntu Linux”

  1. George says:

    I use HTML-Kit on a Windows box at work. I like the program because of the VIM-esk code coloration and the built in FTP client. Anyone know of a similar program for Ubuntu?

    THanks,

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  2. Michaël says:

    Nautilus is not on the list?

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  3. jithin says:

    @george :use filezilla ,even though it breaks down a bit,its much easier to use than kasablanca

    @author: it would have been great if u gave ratings,it would make it easier for us to choose!

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  4. Adam says:

    Or just, you know, nautilus?

    Simply Places > Connect to Server…

    Seamless integration with your desktop.

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  5. Flavio says:

    “Legacy SCP protocol is also supported”

    Well that’s correct since it is been supeseded by SFTP. But if SCP is legacy, maybe FTP stands for Fossil Transfer Protocol…

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  6. guest says:

    You forgot to mention the most convenient ftp client: curlftpfs – you can simply place ftp servers that you use regularly into your /etc/fstab, mount them and access with any programs as if they were just another local folders.

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  7. George says:

    @jithin Thanks for the suggestion… Thats actually what I use right now. That said, I was hoping for something built into an editor. I.E. gedit + Filezilla = Product I’m looking for.

    Thanks,

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  8. Arno Nym says:

    I agree with comment #2.
    Why don’t you mention Nautilus?

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  9. Davii says:

    Also, from any Nautilus window you can hit Ctrl-L to get the address bar.

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