FireFTP is a browser add on for Firefox that allows you to access FTP directly from your browser without loading up an FTP client. While it is not a full fledged FTP client it does have a host of features that would be of interest to someone who is more familiar with using a browser. You can install this Firefox add-on for free and it installs very quickly and is viewed inside a browser tab. It has support for over 20 languages and has received mostly positive reviews online.
|Cost||Free with suggested donation of $10||5|
|Fast Transfer Speed
|Transferred 200Mb file over decent Wifi connection
Download took approximately 14m30s averaging 272kbps
Upload took approximately 16m20s averaging 240kbps
Verdict : Reasonably fast upload and download, this client does better at smaller downloads than large files
|Ease of Upload/download||Standard drag and drop interface, very easy to use and understand||4|
|Supports FTP, FTPS and sFTP||5|
|Site Managing||Has the ability to store several sites but with only one active at a time.
|Direct media file upload||Strictly an FTP service with no option to send via email or other media||0|
|Search Capabilities||Good search utility that allows you to search the cloud as well as your local machine||5|
|File sharing capabilities||Not supported||0|
|Resume Support||If you get disconnected or lose your download FireFTP will pick up where your download left off||5|
|Log||No ability to save log files but you can see the log at the bottom of the screen||3|
|OS Support||The add-on can work on any OS with the Firefox browser installed||5|
|Overall rating||With a fast install and easy to use, FireFTP does well at basic FTP. Using FTP inside your browser is a very convenient option however I would still recommend using a full fledged FTP client instead whenever possible.||3.8/5|
|Inbuilt Editor for text, CSV and HTML files||Not supported|
|Multiple concurrent sites||Not supported|
|Text encoding||UTF8 and just about any other character encoding supported|
|FTP account bookmark for site as well as default remote directory that you are logged into||Can save sites but not in a bookmark format|
FireFTP is a browser add on for Firefox that specializes in FTP, it has a lot of standard features you would expect such as the ability to use secure protocols and quickly switch between sites. The big value is because it is installed in a browser it is very easy to install. It has a intuitive interface and I would recommend it for people who are new to the world of FTP. The support sites are well done and easy to understand so that is a major feature in its favor.
As a browser client FireFTP has the limitation of not being able to transfer files over 2GB which can be very limiting to anyone who has a large file to transfer. As it can only use what system resources are allocated to the browser transfers can be slower than using an FTP client. Downloading and uploading did max out my browsers allocated resources but did not noticeably slow the rest of my system and the transfers completed in a timely manner.
With a fast install coupled with ease of use, FireFTP does well at basic FTP. Using FTP inside your browser is a very convenient option however I would still recommend using a full fledged FTP client instead whenever possible. As a result of being part of a browser it only offers standard functionality and lesser security than an FTP client during regular FTP transfers. The bottom line is while it does not have the advanced features of a full fledged FTP client this browser client still has value.