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I usually use WS_FTP (Windows) to transfer files from one server to another (without having to first transfer them to my machine) but I don't have it here and would prefer to use a free tool. Doesn't look like it's possible in FileZilla. Any other suggestions?

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migrated from Oct 28 '09 at 9:49

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What you are referring to is commonly known as "FXP" (File eXchange Protocol [sic], even though it's not a protocol, just a feature of FTP), and I was under the impression that most modern FTP servers disallowed it as a security feature, thus rendering support for it in FTP clients somewhat lacking as of late.


See ProFTPD and FXP and CERT® Advisory CA-1997-27 FTP Bounce for more information about FXP and why it's a bad idea.

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A free solution is BitKinex, which is now freeware and development has stopped since march 22, 2009:

BitKinex integrates the fuctionality of an innovative FTP, SFTP and WebDAV client for Windows. In addition to features found in other popular FTP programs (like support for the SSL/SSH, multipart and multithreaded transfers, remote edit or FXP) our FTP client introduces several unique approaches and solutions.

Note: I've never used this FTP client and cannot vouch for it, but it's the only free solution I found. Commercial products include SmartFTP, FTPRush, CrossFTP, FlashFXP.


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SmartFTP supports FXP, but it's not free.

You can download a fully-featured trial version from their site.

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Only if the server supports it, and the vast majority of FTP servers do not (disabled). – Izzy Oct 28 '09 at 4:41

Are both servers you transferring files between windows or are they linux boxes? On linux assuming you have shell access just use wget on windows servers install/use your favorite ftp client.

I see that some one changed the question so I may be missing something that was originally here.

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I'm quite sure there is no desktop client solution for this as it is not possible to do with the FTP protocol. I have used a PHP script and PHP's FTP functions to recursively and directly copy from one server to another where I had no shell access, however the successful completion of such an operation depends on many server settings like the maximum execution time for PHP.

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