SFTP client suggestions?

Has anyone looked into SFTP clients? Really would like to use one, but not having that much luck, or the ones I do find are command line only. CuteFTP Pro does it, but I don’t want to pay $90 for it. There is a secure FTP program from SSH.com that is free for non-commercial use (not sure how well that applies to some of you, but I’m non-commercial) I’ve done some messing around and it seems to work really well, but before I delete CuteFTP I was wondering if anyone else has tried it. The link is http://www.ssh.com/support/downloads/secureshellwks/non-commercial.html and you want to get the file called ‘SSHSecureShellClient-3.2.0.exe’ It’s about 6 megs and includes both a secure shell and secure ftp (Like puTTY better for secure shell) The one thing I noticed is the ASCII file-type extensions are rather limited, so you have to add a lot of extenstions (like php, shtml, cgi, etc…) But it’s not that hard.

Todd Eddy


There’s a great (and free) ftp/sftp client out there called filezilla. It can be found here:
and downloaded here:

It has all of the features of the commercial ftp clients, but is open source and free.

Best Regards,

You may also want to look into winscp - http://winscp.vse.cz/eng/. Not sftp, but can do the same thing.

It’s not free, but this program might be worth looking into as well:
It’s a front end for some of the putty stuff.

I have some basic info at:

If there are other cool programs out there, let me know and I’ll try to add them.

I use SmartFTP - http://www.smartftp.com/ - and it is pretty good for a free graphical Win32 client.

I notice that it does FTP over SSL (both implicit and explicit - whatever that means). Is this the same, or related to SFTP? Can anyone give me pointers on using it with DH? Do you have to connect with PUTTY first?


We don’t currently support SSL ftp, which is different from sftp. Sftp is more similar to scp than to ftp, and is supported by less GUI clients than SSL ftp.

The new version of Proftpd we’re using does supposedly have SSL support, but we haven’t really looked into setting it up yet.