Computer users need ways to transfer or share files between one another. Because files need to move between computer systems, a standard protocol is needed for the transfer. There are many file sharing solutions available, but you may be asked to use one of the classic old methods – the File Transfer Protocol (FTP, circa 1980). There are many debates about the relative merits or drawbacks to FTP, but if you are reading this – you likely just need a way to make use of an FTP server someone else is running.
FTP is a client-server system. The server is like a shared filing cabinet controlled by a file management clerk (FTP server process). People sending or receiving files must do so by making requests through the file management clerk. The clerk (server process) is responsible for making sure that only authorized users can send or receive files from designated folders in the shared filing cabinet. To send or receive files, you need an FTP Client program to make these requests with the server. One of the most popular clients available is the free open-source FileZilla program.
FileZilla is a full-featured file transfer client program with cross-platform support for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Please use the following links for program downloads and basic usage documentation complete with screenshots:
- Official FileZilla Site (filezilla-project.org) – Client Download
- FileZilla Documentation (wiki.filezilla-project.org)
Hopefully this short intro and related links help point you in the right direction to join the many worldwide FTP users who choose FileZilla as a preferred file transfer client program.