I currently run FileZilla client but it's too large to fit the screen correctly.

Any suggestion?

closed as off-topic by teylyn, Breakthrough, Mokubai, gronostaj, random Aug 5 '13 at 4:57

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve. Here are a few suggestions on how to properly ask this type of question." – teylyn, Breakthrough, Mokubai, gronostaj, random
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • What's your current and maximum screen resolution? – zildjohn01 Aug 14 '09 at 2:48
  • I feel the pain. I run FileZilla on a 10" netbook. Great question. – p.campbell Aug 14 '09 at 2:57
  • Which OS are you running on your netbook? – Doug Harris Aug 27 '09 at 14:05

You can hide a lot of FileZilla's interface parts in the View menu, even the directory trees. Go into Settings > Interface and move the message log next to the transfer queue, if you haven't hidden them both or you want to see them. Select a theme with 16x16 icons.

You can end up with a UI with very little wasted screen space.

  • I actually might try that, thanks for your answer. – David Dec 30 '09 at 12:44

WinSCP has a nice configurable interface, still useful at small screen sizes. It might be to your liking.

  • Yes, WinSCP in Explorer view mode will work. – Sam Harwell Aug 14 '09 at 2:53
  • WinSCP also supports SCP (obviously) and SFTP, as does FileZilla, so you can use these more secure (and sometimes more efficient) protocols too. – David Spillett Aug 18 '09 at 18:15

Command Line would be the Smallest Method.

However if you have Firefox, and have it tweaked to run on a small screen i Highly Recommend. FireFtp Addon for Firefox.


  • FireFTP is really nice – Fortyrunner Aug 20 '09 at 22:11

Command line FTP. Simple, clean, works. The only client I will troubleshoot problems with when a customer complains one of my FTP sites isn't working.

Command line ncFTP if you want something more powerful.

(Although I suspect you are asking for a GUI, not a command line client.)

  • ncftp was going to be my suggestion – Steve Rowe Aug 14 '09 at 3:40

Perhaps an advanced file-manager? Something like Directory Opus, or Midnight Commander will also do FTP. Some of these have long histories and are also designed to be largely keyboard driven, which I find nice on my netbook.

  • +1 I always install Dopus on my systems, it's worth every penny... – Oskar Duveborn Aug 27 '09 at 10:27

If you happen to use Mozilla Firefox, the FireFTP addon is really nice. Very compact, definitely made for smaller screens.


There is a lightweight ftp client called ThorFtp. It's efficient so it should work well when resources are scarce.

enter image description here

ThorFtp is an FTP client geared toward developers. While lacking fancy graphics and special effects, this tool is maximized toward functionality and performance to allow a busy developer to be efficient and precise. ThorFtp is a purely Java based product, thus utilizing the Java technology reliability and security in your every day work.

Please click "Download ThorFtp" link in the left panel to download the software package. ThorFtp is a freeware, thus it is allowed to be used free of charge for all personal and commercial purposes.

Once downloaded, the package can be unzipped and placed in any local directory. Please note that this software requires local machine to be Java enabled to execute. Once the package is unzipped, the application can simply be started by double clicking ThorFtp.jar file.


ncftp from a normal terminal like gnome-terminal would work nicely.

You did not mentioned what os you use, so I assume some Linux dist...


Using built-in tools might work:

  • Windows: Windows Explorer (NOT IE)
  • Linux: Nautilus or Conquerer

Though, using Windows Explorer can be an ugly pain, because the forgets most of the time the username and password.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.