When we talk about FTP we talk about accessing and transferring files remotely , in the old way.
You can then access an FTP server to upload, edit or download files from a remote computer using this communication protocol.
FTP is still used in companies to allow employees to access the general file archive and webmasters to manage, upload and edit files on a website.
An FTP server can also be created to exchange files between computers on the same network, in the office or even at home but does not make much sense.
It is much earlier to share files between computers with simple settings of Windows or other operating systems.
Also you can use external programs that allow file synchronization between computers in a much more convenient way.
Another way to use FTP is to download any file from the internet (including music and video), searching and connecting to public FTP servers around the world.
Anyway, let’s see what are the best programs to have an FTP client on the Windows computer .
1) The easiest way to create an FTP server is using a 10 year old program that remains the most used in the world: FileZilla .
FileZilla can be downloaded both as a client and as a server version , it is free and oppensource and is available for Windows, Linux and Mac .
Filezilla supports file transfers via FTP, SFTP, and FTPS (FTP over SSL / TLS).
FileZilla, according to Sourceforge statistics, is among the top 10 most downloaded opensource programs in the world, in the all-time ranking.
Apart from the fact that there are thousands of guides found on the internet, it is very easy to use and also supports file dragging.
Di Filezilla exists in the portable version that can be downloaded from the Winpenpack website .
2) The FTP client number two is WinSCP , which is also a very popular and free program.
This program for transferring files from an FTP server to your computer supports SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) and SCP (Secure Copy) communication using SSH (Secure Shell).
Its main purpose is to copy files between computers in absolute safety.
With WinSCP you can also work on files remotely, modifying or deleting them because there is an integrated editor to open text documents and save them after changes.
WinSCP has become very popular among users who have an iPhone unlocked with JailBreak because it becomes an easy way to transfer files from computer to iPhone and vice versa.
WinSCP also exists in a portable version, useful if you want to always have it available on your USB device.
3) Who can not stand anymore Filezilla because it has a very ugly interface and is always the same as himself can find better alternatives to Filezilla for WIndows using one of these three programs:
– FTP Rush , very similar but more beautiful to behold.
– Free FTP
– GoFTP which claims to be the fastest.
4) The newest program that really seemsthe best ever to transfer files to FTP is CyberDuck , born for Macs and now also available for Windows PCs.
CyberDuck is much more than an FTP client, it allows to access and modify files through the most used internet communication protocols.
Not only does it support remote transfers via FTP, SFTP, FTP-SSL , but also through WebDAV and WebDAV SSL , the http or https communication protocol for downloading or uploading files from internet hosting sites (only if they support it, I have tried already with SkyDrive but it does not work).
Moreover Cyberduck allows you to access and manage the files stored in Amazon S3and allows you to upload files from desktops to Google Docs .
Cyberduck supports drag and drop, imports favorites from other FTP clients like FileZilla, has the synchronization function and allows you to preview files before downloading or doing anything else.
5) If you prefer, you can use an FTP client integrated into the Firefox browser , downloading and installing the FireFTP addon that works very well and is complete.
For Google Chrome, there is the FTP client as an extension but it is not at the same level.
Finally, if you’ve been good to read up to here even if you did not think you need to install an FTP client, you might find a lot of satisfaction atsearch for files of any kind (including mp3 or divx videos) from FTP public servers around the world and with the possibility of accessing aninomo.
The site that allows you to search for FTP addresses is Oth.net .
Just connect, in FTP, to the IP addresses found to be able to download all the files you want.