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What are some free FTP clients?
When you get a host, you might hear that you have to upload your pages by FTP. That stands for File Transfer Protocol. To do so, you need to get an FTP client. There are a few good free ones.
First of all, most browsers can do FTP. However, they can only download. Most cannot upload files, which is what you need to do.
- [FTP Explorer]
- [Leech FTP]
- [WS_FTP LE] - quite a good one, it has an option to check date stamps when uploading a whole folder, making it easy to update a website
- While technically it's not free, Internet Explorer 5.5 can do file uploads, downloads, and other menial FTP tasks (like deleting files). It does this from the My Computer UI. I'm not sure about IE 5.0 or earlier. Windows also has a command line FTP program called "ftp." Just go to Start > Run, and type in "ftp".
- [gFTP] - GUI FTP client for Gnome
- [KBEAR] - GUI FTP client for KDE
- ncftp, Lftp, and FTP - command-line programs. FTP is extremely simple, but easy-to-use. Lftp is more complex, but harder to use. ncftp combines the two - it's powerful, but more user-friendly than Lftp. These three programs come with most distros of Linux (Redhat 7.x and Mandrake 8 for sure)