FileZilla is a FTP program that allows you to do all of the usual uploading and downloading from FTP servers such as your own website or file archives. FileZilla is one of the most popular FTP programs on the net, and it’s easy to see why.
Installation and Setup
FileZilla takes up around 15MB for a full install. It’s available as both a client and server software and both install very quickly. The client uses a surprisingly small amount of RAM, taking up around 5MB when idle and between 10-15MB on the file transfers we tested out.
Ease of Use
There are literally hundreds of different FTP programs around. However, Filezilla is one of the few that stand out from the crowd, offering just the right range of features and preferences without feeling bloated.
Many FTP programs try to make a name for themselves by adding feature after feature but forgetting the whole reason people want to use an FTP program is to transfer files. FileZilla makes this easy with multiple file transfers, scheduled transfer times and even the ability to browse an FTP site while you transfer a file. The interface is isn’t stunning, but it is very functional and you can modify it as much as you like to suit your individual needs.
Other features are slightly more standard but useful nonetheless. Quick connect makes loading up FTP sites as easy as it can possibly be and saved sessions are both easy to use and quick to set up. You can use the program with relatively little tweaking although general settings are advanced enough if you want to do something a little more complicated.
Side by side with paid software, it’s very difficult to tell the difference between FileZilla and its competitors. If you want an FTP program that’s simple enough to use for day-to-day tasks but flexible enough to suit more complicated work when needed, FileZilla is a great option.