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Which FTP client is better: FileZilla, CuteFTP or TotalCommander?

Most people think that FTP speed depends on server and network speed. How about FTP client? Which FTP client should you prefer If you need high speed?

Which one is the best?

I tested three FTP clients:

  • FileZilla 3.5.3
  • CuteFTP 8.3.2
  • Total Commander 7.55

Here is test environment:

  • Operating system: Windows 7 Ultimate
  • FTP Server speed: 30 Mbps (download), 140 Mbps (upload)
  • Network speed: 32 Mbps (download), 2 Mbps (upload)

I have tried download/upload three times and calculated average. All clients have had the same conditions. The results:

FTP clients comparison
FTP clients comparison

* I used multi-part download and normal upload on CuteFTP. I used default settings on FileZilla and Total Commander.
* Passive mode was used for both download and upload (Find out more).

As a result

  • Don’t use Total Commander! Upload speed of Total Commander is terrible!
  • If you like open source programs choose FileZilla.
  • If you like programs that have user-friendly interface, choose CuteFTP.