Sunday, February 10, 2013

Tools for Web Development (part 3):FTP clients

Directly working on the production server is not recommended, still in some case we may need to modify the server files quickly. In that case Ftp clients comes handy.

There are plenty of ways to use ftp clients of different software. I will give you the overview of some which i really like.


FileZilla is GPL based complete cross platform FTP solution providing FTP, FTPS, SFTP client with many useful features and a great UI. It is available as both  client and server. Typically we are interested in the client part for now.
Some of the FileZilla feature:
  • FTP, SFTP and FTPS support.
  • Cross platform(available for Windows, Linux, *BSD, Mac etc.)
  • Ipv6 support
  • supports resume and transfer.
  • and many more.
Firefox FTP plugin FireFTP

FireFTP is  a Firefox plugin which supports FTP and SFTP client. It also includes many advanced features such as: directory comparison, syncing directories while navigating, SFTP, SSL encryption, search/filtering, integrity checks, remote editing, drag & drop, file hashing
 Although not widely used but many of IDEs/Editors have plugin based FTP support.
 which allow users to manage website over FTP using the plugins.
 The list of such plugins is

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