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SourceForge and Filezilla are both on their way out, hence their owners desire to monetize their remaining users while they still can.

WinSCP is a decent alternative. As is Swish:

http://www.swish-sftp.org/ https://github.com/alamaison/swish

A decent alternative to filezilla would have to be cross-platform, neither swish nor winscp are (they're win only).

An alternative to sourceforge implies not using sourceforge but swish does.

Cyberduck is for windows and Mac. They have a command line tool that is cross platform.


the windows implementation of cyberduck is horrendous, as a windows user (it was forced on me) I have been looking for alternatives for a while..

It hangs on start, randomly doesn't connect, does odd things with bookmarks (they don't work sometimes, but manually entering info does)

I don't recommend cyberduck on windows to anyone, I've been looking for an alternative for a while.

if a dev is reading my machine is:

* OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise * CPU: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-1650 v2 @ 3.50GHz (3.00 GHz) * RAM: 32691 MB Total (16885 MB Free) * VGA: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 * Uptime: 123.24 Hours * Version: 4.7.3

I've found WinSCP's performance lagging quite a bit behind FileZilla, especially when it comes to up/downloading 1000s of files at a time.

Same, it's much slower.

Sure enough the official download goes straight to SourceForge ...

On Windows, you don't always need a 3rd party FTP program. Windows Explorer (not IE) already does FTP. Just open any folder and type ftp://example.com into the path bar.

That is not a reliable work tool

It does not support passive mode No queue No SFTP No FXP

Nobody supports FXP anymore on the server side - it is a security issue.

Or you type 'ftp' in the command line.

It doesn't come standard, not on all Windows flavours. It's a part of "Core networking utilities" package that used to have some really odd dependencies.

You're mis-remembering or something... There's no such thing as a "Core Networking Utilities" package on Windows (never has been) and ftp has been a command line tool since at least Windows 95.

I don't particularly like the built in FTP command line utility (even with scripts). But it has existed a very long time indeed.

Eh, yes, it is. On the Windows 7 Home Basic and Home Premium edition, it’s not pre-installed, and you have to go to System Settings -> Programs and Features -> Install or Remove Features to install it.

I have Windows 7 Home Premium on my Mac via Parallels, and just I just typed in "ftp" into cmd and it came straight up.

The only packages I have installed are "Media Features" ".Net Framework 3.5.1" "Print and Document Services" "Windows Gadget Platform" "Windows Search" and XPS Services/Viewer. All of which are default features.

Which package are you even suggesting contains the ftp.exe client? Because I don't even see one. Also why would anyone go to the trouble of putting a 47 Kb binary inside of a feature package? It makes absolutely no sense at all.

They used to put all that stuff – ftp, network utilities, etc in one package.

Granted, I haven’t used Windows in 4 years, but I remember fighting with getting ftp on Windows without admin.

Are you sure you aren't mis-remembering and were installing the Unix Services for Windows, to utilise Linux-like command line utilities?

As the person said above, ftp.exe has been in Windows since the MS Dos days, and is a core utility. I've never seen it not been available on any version in any situation.

Now an FTP server definitely needs to be installed. Always has. But we're talking about the ftp.exe client.

ftp.exe should be there, but telnet.exe is no longer installed by default. One must go to "Add/Remove Features" (or similar) and enable it first. Maybe that's what he's confusing it with.

Windows no longer installs telnet.exe by default anymore

Damn, I think you are right. Just checked on W7 and it must've been telnet and/or tftp that I was thinking about. ftp does seem to come standard.

had no idea that existed

I guess so does Firefox and Chrome. They have a FTP client if all you want is to download.

Explorer allows write access though (uploading, &c).

Swish also uses SF.

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