Oftentimes, when we have to transfer files from one computer to another over the Internet. This is done using the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) that is built upon the client-server architecture in which the client is the one requesting the files and the server is responsible for listening to these requests and allowing the client to perform various operations such as uploading or downloading of files from them.

These FTP Clients are therefore excellent tools to have for people who have their own blogs or websites as they can be in full control of uploading various content onto their medium. In addition to this, for people who want to download multiple files simultaneously, FTP Clients come in handy.

Therefore, the topic of our discussion in this article will be to look at the best, free, and multi-platform FTP Clients for Linux.

FTP Clients

Linux has a large collection of FTP Client tools, some having GUI for interactivity and some preferring the command line. We will be looking at both of these in this tutorial. With that out of the way, let us finally start looking at some of the best FTP Clients currently available on Linux.


FileZilla is one of the best multi-platform FTP clients and is well-deserving of coming first in this list. It is extremely reliable and supports several protocols such as FTP, FTPS, as well as SFTP. On top of being user-friendly and easy to use, FileZilla has a highly customizable interface, which can easily be configured according to your interests. It also supports drag and drops, and so you can simply transfer your files with a few clicks.

FileZilla also comes packed with an extremely powerful Site Manager, which allows users to save information about their FTP servers.

As seen from the image above, you change the Protocol type, the Encryption type, the Login type you want for your FTP site, as well as the background color. You can add multiple sites to a single folder, create new folders, as well as add to them. The Site Manager also has an Advanced and Transfer Settings tab where you can further change the settings of your connection. In the former, you can customize the Server type, add directories of your starting default directory as well as remote directories, and even adjust the times being displayed for your files.

In Transfer settings, you can change the transfer mode and add a limit to the maximum number of connections that you want to connect to simultaneously.

FileZilla also comes with a Bookmark Manager, which allows users to not only add bookmarks but also keep track of them. It provides various options such as duplicating your bookmarks, enabling synchronized browsing, as well as directory comparison.

All in all, FileZilla is an extremely powerful FTP client that gets the job done efficiently.


Another excellent FTP Client for Linux is CrossFTP, the free and powerful FTP and Amazon S3 client. Similar to FileZilla, it is multi-platform and is available for Linux, Windows, and macOS. CrossFTP includes support for a variety of protocols such as Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, SFTP, FTPS, and FTP, all of which are highly secure and versatile. Although its interface looks old school, its two-pane interface is extremely easy to use and is packed with several useful functions.

CrossFTP also comes with a Site Manager where users can change the protocol of their FTP site, add remote and local paths, as well as comments about the site.

It also has an FTP section where you can change settings like the type of Server, the Transfer, and the Connection mode, as well as the Encoding of the server.

There is also a Security section that comes with CrossFTP’s Site Manager, but that, along with queue management, scheduler, and synchronizer, is only available in its PRO version. CrossFTP also allows users to download multiple files in batch using its Batch Download option.

In addition to this, CrossFTP comes with Password Encryption with which users can protect their FTP sites.


NcFTP is another FTP client that deserves a name in this list. However, unlike the previous alternatives, NcFTP is a command line interface program that is available for almost all major platforms, including Windows, macOS, and Linux. Unlike the default FTP client, it has several more features, making it an extremely great choice for users who prefer working on their terminals.

As seen in the image above, connecting to an FTP Server with your username and password can easily be done using the -u and -p flags.

The amazing thing with NcFTP is that when you’re transferring large files, you have the option of resuming the session from exactly where it failed. This is highly beneficial if your network goes down or an issue arises, as you won’t have to start from zero, and hence, it will save you time.

NcFTP also allows users to run FTP jobs in batch, which saves a lot of time since you don’t have to wait for the previous job to complete before running the next one. This can be done by simply making use of the ncftpbatch command.


FTP Clients are immensely important in transferring files from one computer to another over the Internet. All three mentioned above are among the most popular and widely used FTP Clients and are jam-packed with a variety of exceptional features. Each one is highly efficient in the work that they do and is clearly worth considering.

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