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6 Best FTP Clients for WordPress Users

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6 Best FTP Clients for WordPress Users

Recently while discussing how to use FTP to upload files to WordPress, one of our users asked us for recommended FTP clients. There are plenty of free FTP clients available. In this article, we have hand-picked some of the best FTP clients for WordPress beginners. The goal here is to find the most reliable, secure, and easy to use FTP tool for all your WordPress file editing and uploads.

FTP Clients

What is FTP and Why You Need it for WordPress?

File Transfer Protocol or FTP is a special internet protocol that allows you to upload and download files between your computer and a web hosting server.

An FTP client is a software that provides you a user interface to perform file transfer. See our guide on how to use FTP to upload files to WordPress for more details.

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FTP Clients for Windows

If you are using a computer running Microsoft Windows operating system, then you are in luck. There are many great free and paid FTP software that you can use. Here are some of our favorites.

1. WinSCP


WinSCP is one of the most powerful and easy to use FTP client for Windows users. Despite the fact that it feels like there are too many things on the user interface, WinSCP is actually quite easy to learn.

On your left hand, you have files on your computer and on your right hand the files on your server. Just click on a file to download, upload, or edit it.

For advanced users, WinSCP has all the features that you would need from a powerful FTP client. It supports SFTP, SSH, and of course the plain old FTP. Handling files and assigning default editors is quite easier.

2. FireFTP


FireFTP is available as free add-on for Mozilla Firefox web browser. The user experience is flawless because FireFTP seamlessly blends into the web browser. Most importantly, since FireFox is available on Windows, Linux, and Mac platforms, you can use FireFTP on any of these operating systems.

3. FileZilla


FileZilla is one of the most popular free FTP clients for Windows, and it is available on all other platforms as well.

It is perhaps, the most easy to use FTP client. However, the reason we have placed it on the third position is because Windows users have reportedly found adware or spyware packaged into FileZilla downloads. You can uncheck the box during the installation to opt-out from adware, but since many of our users are beginners, we are afraid that they may miss it and eventually end up with an adware on their computer.

Our experienced users can install Filezilla from official website. Linux users will find Filezilla available in their distros official repositories.

FTP Clients for Mac

Several FTP clients available for Windows are also available for Mac. Like FireFTP and FileZilla. However, they look a bit out of place in Mac as they do not integrate well with the operating system’s native appearance.

Here are some FTP clients for Mac that are easy to use and also offer a better user experience on Mac.

4. Transmit


Transmit is the most popular FTP client for Mac, particularly among web developers. It comes with an extremely powerful set of features like folder syncing, disk feature, and higher speeds. Transmit beautifully integrates into your native Mac environment which makes it super easy for Mac users to learn and use it quickly.

Transmit is not a free software, and it will cost you around $34 for a single license.

5. Cyberduck


CyberDuck is a free and open source FTP client for Mac and Windows. It is extremely easy to use and integrated beautifully in your native Mac environment. It supports Mac features like storing your login credentials in keychain and locating files in finder. You can even select your preferred editor and open files for editing with the click of a button.

FTP Clients for Linux

Linux based operating systems have a huge collection of FTP programs. Many of these programs run in command line which makes them quite difficult for beginners. You can also use cross-platform FTP clients like FireFTP and Filezilla on linux.

Here are a few more FTP clients for Linux with GUI.

6. gFTP


gFTP is a simple open source FTP client for Linux based operating systems. It has a clean user interface which makes it easy for users to learn its features. It supports FTP, FTPS (control connection only), HTTP, HTTPS, SSH and FSP protocols. Uploading and editing files is similar to FileZilla.

We hope this article helped you find the best FTP client for uploading files to WordPress. You may also want to take a look at our beginner’s guide to pasting code snippets in WordPress.

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  1. RK Sangha says:

    Useful for webmasters and others

  2. Paul Thomas says:

    A vote here for WebDrive. It should definitely be mentioned here.

  3. Achilles says:

    Its funny to see that Cyberduck is a free open source software on their official site but it charges 23 USD on Mac App Store. I wonder why? Is it a different package?

  4. Robert Martin says:

    The only CyberDuck I can find is for Mac $24?? Where can I find the Open Source version?

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      You can download the free version from CyberDuck’s official website. Look in the left sidebar, you will find a download link for mac, just above the Mac store button.

  5. Gina says:

    YummyFTP is amazing for OSX. Can use your keychain for passwords.

    • Joey says:

      YummyFTP is really good and I used it happily for years. I started with Transmit but didn’t like it very much. It was v3 though, and it changed a lot since then.

      Now my favorite is ForkLift. It’s so good that I don’t even try anything else : it suits my needs perfectly.

  6. Arevico says:

    FireFTP is the best. The more you can do in the browser the better.

  7. Connor Rickett says:

    Filezilla’s throwing in spyware? Lame. That seems to be the life-cycle of great freeware, though, doesn’t it? Sooner or later, enough people are using it that someone offers them a bunch of money to slip in a little extra software, and then there’s the slow slide into obscurity.

  8. Justin McChesney-Wachs says:

    +1 Vote for Transmit.

  9. dg says:

    Filezilla is a sourceforge product. You should read up on the review of it.

  10. Michael Carnell says:

    I have been a fan of Transmit and Filezilla for a long time, but recently I have been using sFTP app for Chrome. Liking it because it can go with me most everywhere I have Chrome, including my ChromeBook! No affiliation or anything, just find it really handy.

  11. Jason Rhodes says:

    SmartFTP is one of the best around and I’ve used it for years now, after trying many of the others around. Surprised you didn’t include that.

  12. Richard says:

    The adware problem in FileZilla is caused by sourceforge, that site has been repacking quite a few software packages and filling them full of crap to make money off the back of popular software. A quick search for sourceforge adware will give you quite a few results. The version from the FileZilla site is free of any added programs.

    Another note on FileZilla is that will it is easy to use you should not save your passwords in it as they are saved in plain text and if you do get malware on your computer the usernames and passwords for all your sites can be easily stolen.

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