The 5 Greatest FTP Purchasers for Linux

FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, is the most common method of transferring files between computers over a network. It is also the first option to move large amounts of files back and forth to / from a server.

Hence, depending on your operating system, you can find a variety of FTP clients to help you with this, each promising to provide better transfer and management capabilities than the other while remaining true to its core functions.

Here are some of the best FTP clients you can use right away.

FileZilla tops our list of the best FTP clients for Linux. It's open source and has an easy-to-use interface that makes it easy to use even for first-time users.

In addition to FTP, which is the core of FileZilla, the program also supports the FTPS (FTP over TLS) and SFTP (SSH over FTP) protocols as well as various cloud storage services such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Microsoft Azure Blob Storage and more.

With FileZilla you can transfer large files (> 4 GB) without any problems. If necessary, you also have the option of continuing the file transfer in the middle. As for other features, the program gives you access to remote file search, remote file editing, transfer queue, and a powerful site manager to make file transfer and management even easier.

How to install FileZilla

To install FileZilla on Ubuntu / Debian, do the following:

sudo apt install filezilla

Under Arch Linux:

sudo pacman -S filezilla

Under Fedora / CentOS and RHEL:

sudo dnf install filezilla
sudo yum install filezilla

CrossFTP is another cross-platform FTP client for Linux. Just like FileZilla, it offers the usual features like quick search, multiple connection, and support for versatile protocols and cloud storage services, but it also brings some additional features.

One such unique CrossFTP feature is scheduling, which comes in handy when you need to move items later. You also get a speed limiter to limit the amount of bandwidth used for file transfers. For example, if you are doing multiple tasks and you don't want CrossFTP to occupy all of your bandwidth, you can use the limiter to limit the bandwidth usage.

Regarding CrossFTP's biggest highlights, the program uses what's called a turbo engine, which is essentially a transfer engine that promises faster file transfers. And it also offers client-side encryption using the AES algorithm to protect your data in transit.

Related: How Does Encryption Work? Is encryption really safe?

CrossFTP installation

To install CrossFTP on Debian-based distributions like Ubuntu, first go to the link below and download the appropriate CrossFTP package.

Once downloaded, open the Terminal and navigate to the directory where you saved the file.

Download: CrossFTP

Finally, run the following command to install the DEB package on your system:

sudo dpkg -i ./crossftp_deb_package.deb

On Arch Linux you can download the package from the AUR using yay:

yay -S crossftp-client

gFTP is a free, open source FTP client for Linux. It offers both a GUI – based on the GTK + toolkit – and a CLI that you can use however you want. In addition to FTP, the tool also supports the FTPS, SFTP, FSP and FXP protocols for an extended range of applications.

When it comes to ease of use, gFTP offers a fairly simple and easy-to-use interface to make file operations easier. You can easily connect to remote locations and transfer files relatively quickly with no hassle. A nice addition to the program is the message log, which informs you of any errors that have occurred during the file transfer so that you can react accordingly.

Other interesting features gFTP offers include support for directory listings in the style of Unix, macOS, VMS, MVS, and NT (DOS), as well as bookmarks for quick connection to remote sites.

How to install gFTP

To install gFTP on Debian / Ubuntu, run the following command:

sudo apt install gftp

Under Arch Linux:

sudo pacman -S gftp

Under Fedora / CentOS and RHEL:

sudo dnf install gftp
sudo yum install gftp

lftp is a CLI-based FTP client for Linux. Compared to some of the other FTP client programs on this list that are GUI-based, lftp is a sleek and faster program for those who prefer the command line.

In terms of functionality, lftp offers pretty similar features to others, and in addition to the BitTorrent protocol, it also supports various file access methods including FTPS, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS, and HFTP, making it a versatile file transfer tool. Of course, being a CLI tool, you'll enjoy the benefits of commands, which in the case of lftp are abundant and allow you to do a wide variety of tasks efficiently.

If you accidentally exit the program while transferring files with lftp, it will ensure that it moves itself to nohup Mode to complete the transfer in the background. If the download is interrupted halfway, the program will automatically restart from the point at which it was paused.

lftp installation

On Debian / Ubuntu, run the following command to install lftp:

sudo apt install lftp

Under Arch Linux:

sudo pacman -S lftp

Under Fedora / CentOS and RHEL:

sudo dnf install lftp
sudo yum install lftp

Konqueror is more than your regular FTP client: it's a Swiss Army Knife for all types of file management and file previewing, including transferring files between systems using FTP (and SFTP) protocols. When you install it on your system, you get two programs in one.

If you have the functionality of both programs in one, you can also use Konqueror to browse files on the connected server / computer and perform operations on them with ease. Most of these features are part of KIO plugins, so you can choose from a selection of these plugins to expand the program's capabilities.

Like other FTP functions, Konqueror offers pause / resume, segmented file transfers (downloading from multiple servers) to reduce download times, and downloading from BitTorrent sources.

How to install Konqueror

To install Konqueror on Debian / Ubuntu, do the following:

sudo apt install konqueror

Under Arch Linux:

sudo pacman -S konqueror

Under Fedora / CentOS and RHEL:

sudo dnf install konqueror
sudo yum install konqueror

Find the right FTP client for your needs

With the help of this list, you should be able to select the correct FTP client for your Linux system that meets your criteria and needs.

While the functionality of each program is a subjective preference and attracts different types of users differently, there are a few things that you should always consider when choosing an FTP client.

One such important aspect is the protocol used. To ensure that all of your data transfers (and server logins) are secure, you must always use SFTP as both data is encrypted. Alternatively, you can try other file transfer methods to learn more about different ways to transfer files.

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Yash Wate
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Yash is Staff Writer at MUO for DIY, Linux, programming and security. Before he discovered his passion for writing, he developed for the web and iOS. You can also find his writing on TechPP where he covers other industries. In addition to technology, he likes to talk about astronomy, Formula 1 and clocks.

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