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FireFTP Review : Our Rating 7/10

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.

Key Features

Features Supported Rating 1-5
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

3
Ease of Upload/download Standard drag and drop interface, very easy to use and understand 4
Multiple Protocols

 

Supports FTP, FTPS and sFTP 5
Site Managing Has the ability to store several sites but with only one active at a time.

3
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

Additional features

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

 

Features

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.

Critique

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.

Summary

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.

References

FireFTP Features page

Mozilla FireFTP reviews

Addictive Tips FireFTP review

Getting Started
Signing up for a Free Trial
Basic steps to Setup
Purchasing your account
Choosing the right account type: Enterprise and SMB
Logging into your account
Logging in with a Web Browser
Logging in with an FTP/FTPS/SFTP Client
Logging in by FTP URL with Username and Password
Reset and change your password
Administrator Initial Setup
Audit logs for logins and file transfers
Enable audit logs for login and file transfers
Accessing and viewing your audit logs
Branding
Adding branding to your account
Branding Contact Logins
DNS Configuration for faster transfer speeds
Web Interface
Home Tab
Files Tab
Contacts Tab
Users Tab
Plugin Tab
Setup Tab
Adding a User or Contact
Adding a Contact by Email Address
Add a User by Email Address
Add a User by Username
Using Groups
Administrator Access to User Accounts
Mail
Creating A Public Link
Sending and receiving files by secure email link
Creating contact lists for bulk emailing
HostedFTP email notification IP addresses
Account setup PDF Guides (*.pdf)
Shared Folders
Restricted Shared Folders
Configuring for Restricted Shared Folders (FUSN)
Creating Restricted Shared Folders
Creating Folder Structures for Sharing
Detailed Steps to Sharing Files/Folders
Managing Shared Folder Privileges
Add real-time notifications to uploads/downloads
Anonymous Access
Creating A Public Link
Anonymously Sharing Files by URL
Sharing folders and files anonymously
Transferring Files
Uploading Files by Web Browser (Max 2GB)
Uploading Files by FTP Client (Up to Max File Size)
Download your FTP/SFTP server files from any browser
Download files with an FTP client
Website Plugin
Web Plugin Overview and Guide
Plugin Brand Customization
Embed the Plugin into Your Website
Adding Additional Security (CAPTCHA, Password)
Security and Compliance Info
Security Model Overview
Security Model Details
MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication)
Certificate & Host Key Info
SSL Certificate Info
SSL Server Test
FTPS Host Keys
SFTP (RSA/DSA) Host Keys
Configuring PKI Support
Compliance Info
GDPR
WCAG 2.0
SOC2
CJIS
PCI
HIPAA
Bundle Features
Group, Enterprise, T2, T5 bundle features
Different user types and function comparisons
Difference between users and contacts
Drag & Drop
Using drag and drop to send multiple files and folders
Drag and drop to upload multiple files and folders
Account Management
Purchasing your account
Payments & Billing
Choosing a payment plan
Renewing an expired account
Changing a Payment Plan
Changing credit card information
Reviewing billing statements
Trial Account Limits
Activated Account Limits
How is Storage Calculated?
Reviewing Account Storage Usage
Switching Account Bundles
Changing the Account Administrator
Cancelling an Account
FTP/FTPS/SFTP Connections
Hosted~FTP~ IP Addresses
Connect with Open FTP
Connect with Secure FTPS/SFTP
Connecting with an FTP Client
FTP vs FTPS vs SFTP
Command Line (CLI)
How to connect to your remote site using the command line
Understanding FTP commands in the command line
Connecting through SFTP by Command Line (CMD)
FTP/FTPeS command line error codes and their meaning
Windows Explorer
How to setup an FTP server with Windows Explorer
Setting up Windows Explorer FTP on Windows 8
MAC
Connecting from a Mac Computer Terminal
FileZilla
Using Filezilla with FTP/FTPS
Using FileZilla with SFTP
WebDrive
Connecting to WebDrive
Using WebDrive
WinSCP
Installing WinSCP
Backup Scripts with WinSCP
Uploading & Downloading with WinSCP
AndFTP
Uploading & Downloading with AndFTP
Searching, Resume Support & Third-party Sharing with AndFTP
Industry Use cases
Accounting
Architecture
Call Center
Construction
Education
Engineering
Finance
Healthcare
Insurance
Legal
Real Estate
Manufacturing
Best Practices
User Optimization
Create a Managed User
Giving a User Read-only Access
Giving a User Full Access
Default FTP Folder Destination
Set a 0GB Storage Quota
Importing Multiple Users & Shared Folders
Importing user and shared folders
Import templates for users and shared folders
Force Secure FTPS/SFTP Connection on Users
Combine multiple audit logs
Managing FTP Files and Storage in your Account
Moving Files from a User to an Administrator
Video Tutorials
QuickStart
FUSN
Branding
Web Interface
Home Tab
Files Tab
Web Plugin
AndFTP
AndFTP – Connecting, uploading and downloading
AndFTP – Searching, resume support and third-party sharing
WinSCP
WinSCP – Downloading, Installing and Understanding
WinSCP – Connecting with FTP, FTPS, SFTP, uploading and downloading
WinSCP Backup Script
CyberDuck
Cyberduck– Connecting with FTP,FTPS, SFTP, Uploading and Downloading
Cyberduck– Quick Look, Transfer Queue and Synchronizing
Cyberduck – Bookmarks, Editing and using Multiple Connections
FileZilla
FileZilla -Downloading, Installing and Understanding FileZilla
FileZilla – Connecting with FTP, FTPS, SFTP and uploading and downloading
FileZilla – Importing/Exporting Site Connections, Editing and Logs
FileZilla Tools – Bookmarking, Searching, using Multiple Connections
Our FTP Client Reviews
Desktop FTP Client Summary
Mobile FTP Client Summary
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FTP Ready Review:Our Rating 5/10
FTP On The Go Review:Our Rating 8/10
CyberDuck Review: Our Rating 9/10
Classic FTP Review: Our Rating 8/10
WebDrive Review: Our Rating 9.5/10
Fling FTP Review: Our Rating 9/10
SmartFTP Review: Our Rating 7/10
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Troubleshooting
Error: QUOTA_USER_STORAGE or QUOTA_USER_BANDWIDTH
FTP/FTPeS command line error codes and their meaning
Troubleshooting FTP in the command line and common errors.
No matching host key found
Storage Quota Notification: Remedial action
Troubleshooting FTP in the command line and common errors.
Troubleshooting "Can't verify publisher"
Troubleshooting Drag and Drop
Drag and Drop Troubleshooting for Mac
Troubleshooting FTP/SFTP client connection problems
Troubleshooting slow upload speeds on Windows
No matching host key found
File not visible to admin
File uploaded successfully but not visible in account
Usernames – Guidelines and Restrictions
Release Notes
New Release Communique
Schedule Maintenance Overview
Contact Sales & Support
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