Is FileZilla Better Than Cyberduck?

filezilla vs cyberduck

Workers working in large organizations have to share data in bulk every day with each other. Different law firms, hospitals, and government departments require a secure way of sharing information inside the organization. Although, a lot of means are in use for data transfer, yet companies prefer to choose FTP (File Transfer Protocol) for inter-departmental communication.

The FTP is a standard communication protocol, the building structure of which is completely dependent upon client-server connection in a computer network. Different programs are currently used in the market that follows the FTP rules to transfer data within a computer network or cross-network sharing via secure internet connection. Among these programs, the most commonly used applications are FileZilla and Cyberduck.

Cyberduck vs FileZilla Comparison



FileZilla is an open-source FTP software that is free to download under the license of the GNU (General Public License). FileZilla is famous among its users due to its multiple sharing, editing, and integration features. A recent tech survey reveals that many famous tech companies like ASAP Log, Boltcliq, etc, and developers using FileZilla on StackShare.

FileZilla has a user-friendly interface and users can upload and download documents through the drag and drop option. FileZilla also supports different file transfer formats like FTP, FTPS, and SFTP. The “cross-platform” file transferring feature allows data sharing between two computer networks via the Internet.

In the paid version of FileZilla, FTPS format is available for sharing of sensitive documents. In this format, the data file is transferred through end-to-end encryption which ensures maximum security. The “Edit in Place” option allows users to make quick editing of files and the changes automatically saved upon.

Along with the FileZilla Server version for Windows, FileZilla clients are available for operating systems like Unix, OSX, and Linux. The free version of FileZilla offers limited services to their clients. The paid version of this software, FileZilla Pro can be integrated with different cloud storage platforms like Goggle Drive, DropBox, One Drive, etc.



Cyberduck is also an open-source libre server software that follows the FTP rules for sharing files. Similar to FileZilla, Cyberduck also has a GNU license for its distribution and downloading. Compared to FileZilla, Cyberduck is famous in educational, industrial, and healthcare organizations for its general usage. The UI of Cyberduck is easy to comprehend and doesn’t have additional features found in FileZilla.

The file transfer formats supported by Cyberduck for online sharing include FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, and many others. The built-in text editor of Cyberduck allows the on-spot editing and storage of documents or websites. Cyberduck also allows users to integrate different online editors with it, other than the built-in editor. Cyberduck also allows users to integrate different cloud storage platforms like Goggle Drive, DropBox, One Drive, etc.

Cyberduck offers a different version for Windows and Mac operating systems just like FileZilla. However, one of the downsides of Cyberduck is that no compatible version of Cyberduck is available for Linux operating system. The online storage speed of the software gets slow over time. Most importantly, professionals found the Cyberduck UI graphically too plain as compared to FileZilla. Other than that, Cyberduck is the best FTP software to get in-expensive FTP services in the market.