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firefox ftpIf you’ve ever done any sort of web management, then you’ve probably used FTP at some point or another. Most web hosts will have a primitive file uploader than you can use straight from your browser, but those are often a pain in the butt to use. The truly powerful FTP clients tend to be desktop-only, but FireFTP is a client that plugs into Firefox and makes the whole process easy.

What is FTP? It stands for File Transfer Protocol, and it’s what you use to transfer files between your computer and another computer, most typically your web host’s server. Since most web development is now done in the browser using tools like FireBug Amateur's Guide To Customizing Website Design With FireBug Amateur's Guide To Customizing Website Design With FireBug Read More , it’s even more convenient to have your FTP client right in the browser, too.

FireFTP doesn’t skimp on its feature set, which makes it a strong and viable alternative to other clients like WinSCP and FileZilla Master FTP File Transfers On All Of Your Sites With FileZilla Master FTP File Transfers On All Of Your Sites With FileZilla A large number of FTP clients of old had hiccups when it came to large file transfers. The apps experienced the usual timeouts that you would expect when the computer sits there for 15 to... Read More .

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I’ve tried a number of FTP clients over the years (what can I say, I love testing out a bunch of competitors and seeing which ones stick out) and they all seem to have a similar, if not identical, interface. There’s usually a split-pane running down the center that separates your local file system (i.e., your computer) from the remote file system (i.e., the destination computer).

But hey, it’s been the standard interface for a long time now and it works so there’s no real reason for FireFTP to innovate here. However, FireFTP does earn a few points from me due to its slick and minimal layout. It may not seem like it in the screenshot, but there’s actually very little to distract you, and that means optimized screen estate. I love it.

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For example, in the center split-pane, there are two buttons: one for download (which goes from right to left) and one for upload (which goes left to right). Easy, simple, and that’s it. In most other FTP clients, there are dozens and dozens of buttons, keys, menus, and clutter all over the place. Thumbs up, FireFTP.

Even though FireFTP is a Firefox FTP addon, it feels like a standalone client. Maybe that’s because I run it in a maximized window, but even so, it has an air of completed quality about it and that makes me feel reassured when using it.

To go along with that notion of completion, FireFTP has a number of settings and options that you can tweak to customize your file-transferring experience. Nothing revolutionary, mind you, but enough so you can disable certain quirks that you might not like – such as what happens when you double-click a file.

If you have a weak network, then you can do some fiddling with the Connection and Downloads/Uploads settings. This should help alleviate some of the pressure off of your tight bandwidth.

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Again, FireFTP leans more towards the barebones-yet-robust side of the spectrum than the flashy-and-bloated side. The screenshot above is what you’ll see when you want to create a new FTP connection. It goes straight to the point and doesn’t confuse you with lots of advanced options, which is absolutely useful for newer users.

I maintain a few hobby websites of my own and I find myself connecting with FTP somewhat frequently – anywhere from once every few days to multiple times in one day. One thing that I miss from FireFTP is the ability to run multiple FTP connections to multiple servers at one time, but at least FireFTP has an easy-to-use account switcher. That makes up for it a bit.

Other features in FireFTP Firefox FTP tool that you may like:

FireFTP works on any system that supports Firefox, so that’s pretty much all of them: Windows, Mac, and Linux. Just visit the FireFTP addon page and installation will be one click away. And best of all, it’s entirely FREE.

What do you think of the FireFTP Firefox FTP addon? Have you used it before? Or maybe you used to use it and moved on to another FTP client? Whatever the case, please share your thoughts with us in the comments.

  1. Tech
    May 8, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Nice Addon shared. I'm going to start using it now! :)

  2. Guy McDowell
    May 8, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I stayed with Firefox longer than I wanted to, just because of FireFTP. It became my go to FTP tool for web development and I dropped CuteFTP for it. I miss it.

    Filezilla gets the job done, but there has to be something better in the freeware universe.

    • Joel Lee
      May 12, 2013 at 6:10 am

      For a standalone client, you could try WinSCP. I've had good experiences with it.

  3. macwitty
    May 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I'm sure FireFTP is a powerful FTP client. For myself I try to reduce the number of addons (not easy) and like Fetch even if I do not have it barking any longer

  4. Junil Maharjan
    May 8, 2013 at 10:17 am

    FireFTP is surely a powerful FTP service. I've used it for a while but only as an alternative to filezilla. But i can definitely say that fireftp excels filezilla in some aspects for me. it is a great tool and is easy to use.

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