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I have been using FileZilla. But it is unsupported in Windows 7. What are some good alternatives?

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FileZilla works 100% on Windows 7. I use it every day and have never had an issue.

However you can also look at:

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WinSCP uses the FileZilla FTP engine to do FTP, but (IMHO) it has a better interface and is also more feature-rich. –  Charles Roper Jul 30 '09 at 8:43
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WinSCP doesn't support Unicode, though. I nearly fell off my chair recently when I noticed that (heck, it's 2009, not 1970). –  Јοеу Oct 15 '09 at 16:28
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Fling FTP Software

is a powerful ftp program that sets itself apart from other ftp clients by seamlessly integrating with your local Windows explorer.

Supports: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008 and Windows 7


Though I also think FileZilla should work fine with Windows 7. Though I'm reading something about a UAC conflict:

What problems could arise?

Filesystem virtualization is applied to pre-Vista programs without a proper manifest that are started in non-administrator mode. Following is a list of possible problems that could arise now or later:

The older application is updated and the new version includes a manifest In this case (as with Filezilla) the program suddenly won't use filesystem virtualization anymore. This will leave the user totally confused about where his files have gone.

UAC is disabled

Power users do this to restore the old XP behavior. All pre-Vista programs are affected! They could 'lose' saved files, configuration files and data stored directly into previously protected parts (and thus redirected to the VirtualStore).

Programs are started as administrator

Pre-Vista applications started as administrator will not have filesystem virtualization applied and seem to 'lose' any data saved into protected paths and redirected to the VirtualStore.

What can I do to solve this?

  1. Use the latest, Vista-aware versions of your applications wherever possible.
  2. Don't save your data into protected directories. Redirect your app to save into an unprotected path. Example: Create a directory C:\publish and save your webpage there.
  3. Disable UAC. This is not recommended as it effectively turns off the advanced security mechanisms implemented in Vista
  4. Don't use Vista. ;) Generally, look into the C:\Users\\AppData\Local\VirtualStore directory. You will find all redirected data there.
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+1 For completeness. However I have used the latest version of FileZilla on both Vista and Windows 7, 32Bit and 64Bit and have yet to experience a problem apart from downloading the FileZilla updates. –  Diago Jul 29 '09 at 14:00
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My recommendation is to use FireFTP. It is a Firefox plug in and it works perfectly. Most people already use Firefox, so this is a nice way to keep it simple. You just select it from the menu and it will open in a browser tab. Very handy as it allows you to open multiple FTP tabs at once.

http://fireftp.mozdev.org/

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I like best Core FTP LE, with a nice user-interface and choke-full of features:

Client features include:

  • Secure SFTP, SSL & HTTPS support
  • International Domain support
  • Fast and secure client transfers
  • HIPAA compliant security
  • Mode Z compression
  • User-friendly interface(s)
  • Site to Site file transfers
  • FULL drag and drop support
  • Start/stop/resume of transfers
  • Auto retry of failed transfers
  • Transfer bandwidth control
  • Browser integration
  • File masking (wildcards)
  • Keep Alive functionality
  • Remote file searching
  • File permissions (CHMOD)
  • Advanced directory listings
  • .htaccess & .htpasswd editing
  • One click transfers
  • Automatic S/Key support
  • Favorites via menu & drop down
  • Desktop shortcuts & drop u/l's
  • Command line support
  • FTP/HTTP Proxy, Socks 4&5 support
  • Queueing of multiple FTP transfers on multiple sites
  • Sessions to save FTP transfers for later resuming
  • Recursive uploading, downloading, and deleting
  • Optional reconnecting of lost connections
  • Legacy SFTP client support and options
  • Low memory footprint (~4mb connected - most clients are 8-12mb)
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