FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is generally used to transfer files from one location to another, like to upload or download the actual files that make up a website. Though many Android file explorers do have FTP capabilities, they lack several essential features and are no match for a dedicated FTP client. So, here are some of the best FTP Clients For Android that you can use for free.
Do you know you can your browser, is also a FTP client. You can access some server using ftp://example.com. Though, the user interface is not that great like having a dedicated software.
Best FTP Clients for Android
AndFTP is one of the most popular FTP clients for Android. Using AndFTP you can connect to multiple protocols like FTP, SFTP, SCP, and FTPS over Explicit and Implicit TLS or SSL. Once connected, you can browse through it and perform various tasks like uploading, downloading, editing, renaming, deleting, etc. If you want to, you can even update file and directory permissions and run custom commands. AndFTP also supports folder synchronization, share from the gallery for quick sharing, and intents that allow third-party apps to interact with your FTP account.
Though the user interface looks a bit old, it is very functional and straightforward. To add an FTP account, tap on the “+” icon on the main screen, fill in the FTP details, select your local directory, and tap on the “Save” button. Once saved, all you have to do it tap on your FTP account icon on the home screen and you are good to go.
Pricing: The base app is free but lacks Folder Synchronization feature. The free version also contains ads. To disable ads and enable Folder Sync feature, you need to buy the app for $4.99 through in-app purchase.
If you are looking for a simple and straightforward FTP and SFTP client then Turbo FTP is for you. As the name suggests, Turbo FTP is snappy and fast while still being modern with its Material theme. For SFTP connections, Turbo supports both password and private key authentication. Along with regular FTP and SFTP, the app also supports FTPES (Explicit FTP over SSL/TLS). Moreover, Turbo FTP has a rich internal editor that lets you edit script files directly. If need be, you can temporarily download a file for preview purposes. When you close the app, any file in the temp folder will be automatically deleted. Other features of the app include but not limited to split-screen support for Samsung devices, ability to move app to SD card, local password encryption, etc.
Pricing: The app is free and ad-supported.
Easy FTP Client or sometimes also known as eFTP client supports both FTP and SFTP. Just like Turbo FTP, the app is very easy to use and the user interface is very friendly too. Just open the app, tap on the “Add” option, enter FTP details, tap on the “Check” icon and you are good to go. The good thing about Easy FTP client is that it mainly designed to reliably transfer files to and from the FTP server. Apart from that, other features include but not limited to app-wide password protection, ability to set root folder, set custom cache size, support for image thumbnails, ability to transfer files in the background, resume uncompleted transfers, etc.
As good as it is, the app is ad-supported and shows a persistent banner ad at the bottom of the screen. Moreover, the free version of the app has a hard limit of 3GB. Though the limit sounds bad, unless you are transferring several megabytes worth of files each and every time you use the app, the 3GB limit should suffice for general usage. If you want to, you can increase the transfer limit by watching ads or through in-app purchases.
Pricing: The base app is free, but has a 3GB limit on file transfers. You can increase or remove the limit using in-app purchases which cost anywhere from $1 to $5.
FtpCafe FTP Client is very similar to AndFTP in that it has same dated yet straightforward user interface and supports different protocols like FTP, SFTP, FTPS (implicit FTP over SSL/TLS), and FTPES (explicit FTP over SSL/TLS). While using SFTP, along with the regular password, FtpCafe also supports other authentication methods like a private key and RSA/DSA OpenSSL key. Other than that, the app also lets you transfer multiple files and directories at the same time, resume interrupted download, ability to set default remote and local paths, support for passive and binary transfers, etc.
Using the app is nothing hard. Just open the app, tap on the “New” button and enter all the FTP account details. If you want to change the port number and configure default paths, you can do so by navigating to “More Properties” tab. Once you are done, save the FTP profile, go back to the main screen, select the saved FTP account, and tap on the “Connect” button.
Pricing: The app is completely free but is ad-supported. To remove the ads you can buy the pro version via in-app purchase for around $2.
As the name implies, of all the apps on this list, WebTools is one of the most feature-rich apps that has other useful tools like SSH, HTTP connection tester, internet speed tester, rich source editor, reachability test to see if a website is down or not, telnet, etc. When it comes to FTP, Web Tools support the regular FTP, SFTP, and FTPS (Implicit FTP over SSL/TLS). One of the best things about Web Tools is that it has a ton of options to customize a wide variety of things concerning its different tools like FTP, telnet and SSH, and a built-in browser that is often used for HTTP connectivity test. If you are looking for an app that is much more than a simple FTP client then Web Tools is for you.
Pricing: The app is completely free but contains ads. To remove ads you need to buy the pro version for around $3.
6. FTP Express
Just like Web Tools app, FTP Express is much more than a simple FTP client. The app also supports SMB, CIFS, and WebDAV connections to access network shares along with the regular FTP, SFTP, FTPS, and FTPES. Apart from connecting, managing, and transferring files with resume support, FTP Express can also compress and decompress zip, tar, and gzip files. Not only the additional features but the app also gives you granular control with its wide range of options like aggressive caching, transfer delay on errors, streaming buffer, accept FTP certificates, password protection, etc. One of the best features of FTP Express is its ability to create FTP account shortcuts directly on your home screen. These shortcuts allow you to connect to an FTP server with just a single tap.
Pricing: The base app is free with limited features. Contains ads.
What do you get with the paid version? Other than removing ads, you will also get access to some important features like SFTP, SMB, CIFS, WebDAV, ability to compress and decompress zip, tar, and gzip files, and the ability to create home screen shortcuts.
That’s it for now. If you think I missed any of your favorite Android FTP clients then share it in the comments form below.