FireFTP vs. FileZilla

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I have been using the FireFTP XUL application for months now. It is a Firefox extension written by Mime Čuvalo that is a really good FTP client. And it’s integrated with Firefox. Since then I was poking around on the Internet, looking actually for Notepad++ (the programmer’s editor) on SourceForge. In one of my searches I found FileZilla. Now here is a real FTP client.

FireFTP was good, but it was unable to use SFTP (that I could find), so connecting to Web storage at the University of Minnesota, where I have 20MB of space, was not an option. They said to use WinSCP, but that didn’t connect to my non-secure site. A dilemma, and I was using two programs to do two sites. Not very efficient.

Now that I have found FileZilla, though, I am very happy with it, and am going to continue using that instead of FireFTP. I’m still keeping the latter around just in case, but I don’t plan to use it all that much.

FileZilla | FireFTP


I am an avid technology and software user, in addition to being reasonably well-versed in CSS, JavaScript, HTML, PHP, Python, and (though it still scares me) Perl. Aside from my technological tendencies, I am also a theatre technician, sound designer, violinist, singer, and actor.


  1. WinSCP does indeed connect to “non-secure” sites, by which you mean standard FTP. In the session creator, simply change the protocol to FTP. As an aside, FileZilla supports SFTP and FTP, but WinSCP supports SFTP, FTP, /and/ SCP. It also includes a remote file editor, Norton-commander like interface, and other advanced features. I definitely prefer it over FileZilla.

  2. it seems fireftp is supporting sftp now!

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