The FTP (File Transfer Protocol) clients for Android They are tools that allow us to communicate with a remote server to download or upload files. The exchange of files by FTP is an activity that is normally carried out from a computer and is usually associated with the administration of computer systems. Although it can also come in handy if we manage a web page –or any other online service- and we want to make changes to our server directly from our mobile.
In the specific case of Android, there are many file browsers that allow us to connect to servers by FTPAlthough they lack many basic functionalities that we do find in dedicated FTP clients. Is there an alternative similar to eg Filezilla on Android?
The best FTP clients for Android of the moment
One of the great qualities of FTP clients for Android is that, like their PC counterparts –such as the aforementioned Filezilla-, they have encryption tools that help us protect our data from possible external hacks. Something essential if we are managing critical or especially sensitive files. These are some of the most prominent.
1- Admin Hands
Admin Hands is the most comprehensive and top rated advanced FTP client that we can currently find on Android. It allows you to do a lot of things: connections by SSH terminal, supports TELNET, SFTP, FTP and HTTP protocols, secure and encrypted administrator key (AES-256) and remote scripts execution, among other functionalities.
With Admin Hands we can also perform mass actions, such as downloads, uploads or batch executions. It also includes a keyboard with special characters and a tool to ping servers. It's actually more of a multi-function tool for sysadmins than an FTP client as such, but it's definitely worth it.Download QR-Code Admin Hands: SSH / FTP / SFTP / TLN Developer: ARPAPLUS Price: Free
Although its interface is a bit outdated, AndFTP is one of the most popular alternatives when it comes to FTP clients for Android. The application supports protocols FTP, SFTP, SCP and FTPS over SSL / TLS (explicit and implicit).
Once we are connected to the host we can upload files, download, delete, rename, edit and other typical functions that we would find in a desktop client. We can also change the permissions of folders and files, in addition to synchronizing folders. In short, a very complete program.
Currently there are 2 versions of AndFTP: a free one that does not allow you to synchronize folders and includes the odd advertisement, and a premium version that eliminates these 2 limitations, for $ 4.99.Download QR-Code AndFTP is an FTP client Developer: LYSESOFT Price: Free
3- FTPCafe FTP Client
A simple but extremely effective FTP client, very much in the line of AndFTP. It supports FTP, FTPS (FTP over SSL implicit and explicit) and SFTP (FTP over SSH). When making the connection to the server, it allows the login through password, RSA / DSA OpenSSL or with ConnectBot private key.
Regarding its characteristics, with FTPCafe we can transfer multiple files and folders, pause transfers or rename, download, delete files and others. The application is free with ads, although we can also go to the paid pro version for just over 4 euros if we see that the app satisfies us and we put it to good use.Download QR-Code FtpCafe FTP Client Developer: Droidware UK Price: Free
4- Turbo FTP client & SFTP client
An FTP client with an attractive and updated interface –Yes, there are also FTP clients that look good-, very similar in appearance to a normal file explorer. Once we log in, we can access the list of files and folders on the server, from where we can upload or edit files.
Turbo FTP supports passwords and private keys for SFTP connections, has a small editor, offers root support and encryption when sending passwords.Download QR-Code Turbo FTP client & SFTP client Developer: Docode OÜ Price: Free
5- Web Tools: FTP, SSH, HTTP
Multifunctional tool oriented to the management of web pages. The application includes an FTP / SFTP client to transfer files, but also other utilities such as an HTTP tester, a tool to check the stability of the site, a source code editor, a Telnet client, SSH and some other extra functionality.
An application suitable for system administrators, developers and professionals that offers something different from the typical FTP client that we can find in the Google Play Store.Download QR-Code Web Tools: FTP, SSH, HTTP Developer: D.D.M. Price: Free
eFTP, also known as Easy FTP Client is a remarkable FTP client for Android, with an attractive interface, easy to use and full of features. However, it has a great limitation, and that is that in its free version only allows transferring a maximum of 3GB of data (Which is probably the reason for its low rating in the Play Store). In some cases it may be more than enough if we only use the app to upload or modify the odd file of little weight, although for other users it may be too short.
The application supports file exchange via Wi-Fi connection, something that is not always available in this type of tool, which is appreciated. It also allows simultaneous uploading and downloading of multiple files, pausing transfers and the creation of password-protected ZIP files.Download QR-Code FTP Client Developer: AppAzing.net Price: Free
This little-known FTP client has a very positive assessment by the Android community, although it is a fairly old app that has not received updates since 2011. That does not mean that (leaving aside a slightly outdated interface) we find ourselves with a very complete app to manage our server by FTP.
Supports FTP and FTPS connections (implicit and explicit) and recursive file download / upload. We can also open files, rename them, delete them and change their permissions remotely without too many complications.Download QR-Code AbyssFTP Developer: Antonio J. Ruiz Price: Free
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