Web resource owners often need to work with hosting account files. When it comes to shared hosting, hosters provide users with a graphical control panel. At least one menu of this panel allows you to work with the file system in the web interface. Basically, you get an FTP client online using a browser. On the other hand, if we are talking about a virtual dedicated server (VPS / VDS) or a dedicated server, then everything is even more interesting. By default, these servers do not have a graphical control panel and are managed over SSH. But this is not so user-friendly. Even if you are used to using file managers on your personal computer.

There is an alternative way how to exchange data with hosting – this is FTP access to the server. FTP client (File Transfer Protocol) is a program for FTP connections. The main idea is that the user can operate on file data on the hosting side: view, edit, copy, download and delete.

Today we will present you the TOP 5 FTP clients. We are sure that among them there will be the most suitable for your requirements.


FTP-client for Mac OS. Much attention was paid to UI / UX design in this client. Therefore, the interface and user interaction with the application will be easy and convenient. This client integrates with 11+ cloud services, and also supports the latest Internet protocols.

Main characteristic:

  • High speed of work.

Nautilus (GNOME Files)

FTP file manager for the GNOME desktop environment on UNIX-like systems. Free to download. The application allows you to configure FTP access to hosting files and perform all basic operations with them. List of supported protocols: FTP over SSH, SFTP, ObexFTP, HTTP, WebDAV.

Main characteristics:

  • There is a preview with icons.
  • The option to work with bookmarks, background windows, emblems, notes, add-on scripts is available.
  • Interface display customization is available: icons, list or compact list.
  • Saving a history of visited folders.


Cross-platform free FTP client. It is a cloud storage server and browser for Mac and Windows with support for FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, OpenStack Swift, Backblaze B2, Microsoft Azure & OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3.

Main characteristics:

  • There is a drag-and-drop option.
  • Supports working with files in third-party text editors.
  • Multilingual support.


Free FTP manager for all desktop operating systems. The program is widespread among users due to its user-friendly interface and versatility. Supports FTP, FTP over SSL / TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP).

It is an open source FTP solution for client and server. The Filezilla FTP client is free to download.

Main characteristics:

  • Configurable connection speed.
  • Drag-and-drop function.
  • Supports IPv6 addresses.
  • Site manager and download queue.
  • Multilingual interface – 50+ languages.


The “talking” name suggests that the application was created under Windows. Graphical client for connection via SFTP and FTP. It has a text editor configured, you can handle files, shortcuts, URL schemes. Free.

Main characteristics:

  • There is an option to keep the connection.
  • You can synchronize folders with several algorithms.
  • Password, public key authentication, Kerberos are allowed.
  • Multilingualism.