FileZilla is a free software, cross-platform FTP application, consisting of File Zilla Client and File Zilla Server. Client binaries are available for Windows, Linux, and macOS, server binaries are available for Windows only. Both server and client support FTP and FTPS (FTP over SSL/TLS), while the client can, in addition, connect to SFTP servers. File Zilla’s source code is hosted on SourceForge and the project was featured as Project of the Month in November 2003.
However, there have been criticisms that SourceForge bundles malicious software with the application. File Zilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface. file Zilla is a cross-platform graphical FTP, SFTP, and FTPS file management tool for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and more.
With tons of intuitive tools, File Zilla helps you quickly move files between your computer and Web server. If you plan to use File Zilla regularly, you might like the advanced features like manual configuration and speed limit monitoring. And, with File Zilla, you can deploy multiple simultaneous connections to speed up file transfers. Overall, File Zilla has everything you need to support your FTP needs including a documentation wiki and a forum.
- Transfer files using FTP and encrypted FTP such as FTPS (server and client) and SFTP.
- Support IPv6 which is the latest version of internet protocol
- Supports resume which means the file transfer process can be paused and continued
- Tabbed user interface for multitasking, to allow browsing more than one server or even transfer files simultaneously between multiple servers.
- Site Manager to manage server lists and transfer queue for ordering file transfer tasks
- Bookmarks for easy access to most frequent use
- Drag and drop to download and upload.
- Directory comparison for comparing local files and server files in the same directory. When the file doesn’t have the same information (name not match, or size not match) it will highlight that file in colour.
- Configurable transfer speed limits to limit the speed transferring the files, which helps reducing error of transferring
- Filename filters, users can filter only specific files that have the conditions they want.
- Network configuration wizard, help configuring confusing network settings in form of step-by-step wizard
- Remote file editing, for quickly edit file on server side on-the-fly. No need to download, edit on the computer and re-upload back to the server.
In May 2008, Chris Foresman assessed FTP clients for Ars Technica, saying of File Zilla: “Some friends in the tech support world often recommend the free and open-source File Zilla, which offers a Mac OS X version in addition to Windows and Linux. But I’ve never been thrilled about its busy interface, which can be daunting for novice users.” Writing for Ars Technica in August 2008 Emil Protalinski said: “this week’s free, third-party application recommendation is File Zilla…. This FTP client is very quick and is regularly updated. It may not have a beautiful GUI, but it certainly is fast and has never let me down.” more information…….
In 2013 the project’s hosting site, SourceForge.net, provided the main download of FileZilla with a download wrapper, “offering” additional software for the user to install. Numerous users reported that some of the adware installed without consent, despite declining all install requests, or used deception to obtain the user’s “acceptance” to install. Among the reported effects are web browsers being hijacked, with content, start page.
And search engines being forcibly changed, popup windows, privacy or spying issues, sudden shutdown and restart events possibly leading to loss of current work. Some of the adware was reported to resist removal or restoration of previous settings or were said to reinstall after a supposed removal. Also, users reported adware programs to download and install more unwanted software, some causing alerts by security suites, for being malware.