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FTP or File Transfer Protocol is the means by which files can be transferred between computers or web servers.
Traditional FTP is done via the command line. It requires knowledge of all the ftp command line options and is difficult to do when the file size is large. FTP Clients facilitate that process by providing a GUI (Graphical User Interface) interface that makes it easier to transfer files.
WinSCP is a free FTP client developed as an OpenSource program. It was developed for the Windows operating system.
WinSCP gives the user a choice of interface styles. The “Commander” style is the most common and easiest to use. It allows the user to see remote and local files at the same time and drag files between the two. There are many other feature such as session control on the toolbar that make the program easy to use.
This program is good for advanced users in that it supports secure FTP and other advanced file transfer and session features.
The next slide gives you a look at the interface and points out some of the features.
WinSCP Features Commander view shows both local and remote files Output window allows user to easily monitor file transfer progress Convenient session control via the toolbar File manipulation buttons and hot keys
Core FTP LE
Core FTP LE is a free FTP client. It is a watered down version of the professional version but it is still powerful.
The interface for the program shows both the remote files and local files. Other features include easy session control and support for a few flavors of secure FTP. The file browsing interface is a bit different and may require practice for beginning users.
Another useful feature is the session activity window. It allows the user to see each command that is entered and any errors that occur. This is helpful for troubleshooting
Core FTP LE Features Session Activity Window File transfer activity window Session Control buttons Remote and local file view
FileZilla is an OpenSource FTP client. It works on multiple operating systems.
In addition to views of both the remote and local files this interface shows the file tree on both sides, session activity and file transfer progress. Out of all three programs it has the most complete interface
This program also has a well designed site manager that allows for easy organization of FTP site information and it supports multiple flavors of FTP and SFTP.
FileZilla Features Session Activity Window File transfer activity window Local and Remote Directory trees Remote and local file view
WinSCP, Core FTP LE, and FileZilla: A Comparison Operating Systems supported Easy file browsing Ability to easily monitor session activity Support of multiple flavors of FTP and SFTP Easy to use interface Windows only Windows, Linux, Mac, and others Windows only NO YES YES YES YES NO NO YES YES YES YES Only in “Commander” mode CoreFTP LE FileZilla WinSCP
So, Which one should you choose?
Your choice of FTP clients depends on your needs and skill level:
WinSCP is a good choice for users who want a free product that has an advanced feature set.
Core FTP LE is a good choice for users new to FTP. The file browsing is a bit different but not difficult to use.
FileZilla is a good choice for advanced users and those who need support for other operating systems.
MediaCollege.com has a page on choosing an FTP client that gives other options and gives more information about FileZilla . It is a helpful resource.
The best thing about all of these tools is that they are free!
Core FTP Site - http:// www.coreftp.com /
WinSCP:: Free SFTP and FTP client for Windows - http:// winscp.net/eng/index.php