A FREE Web Based FTP Client

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a communication method used to access and exchange files on a remote computer. Typically, FTP software (called a client) is installed on your PC and is used to access a server to transfer files back and forth. FTP is commonly used by people who maintain websites to transfer files to/from a host web server.

Occasionally you may run into a situation where you have a need to use FTP (e.g. to transfer a large file).  Instead of installing client FTP software, an option that is available is a web-based (cloud app) solution called net2ftp.


You want to build a website, so you start creating web pages on your computer. Next, you need to publish them: you need to put those pages on a web server so that everyone would be able to view them. To transfer the files from your computer to that web server, a special protocol (transfer method) is used: FTP – the File Transfer Protocol. This protocol was designed to be able to handle big files; it can for example resume a transfer if it was interrupted in the middle.


net2ftp can either be run from your web browser (at net2ftp.com) or can be downloaded, installed and administered (run) directly from a web server.

The advantages of using net2ftp over the client based FTP model is that if you are behind a firewall that may block FTP communications (such as with the client based FTP model), net2ftp is able to break that barrier using a regular web browser.


  • Navigate the FTP server
    Once you have logged in, you can browse from directory to directory and see all the subdirectories and files.
  • Upload files
    There are 3 different ways to upload files: the standard upload form, the upload-and-unzip functionality, and the Java Applet.
  • Download files
    Click on a filename to quickly download one file.
    Select multiple files and click on Download; the selected files will be downloaded in a zip archive.
  • Zip files
    … and save the zip archive on the FTP server, or email it to someone.
  • Unzip files
    Different formats are supported: .zip, .tar, .tgz and .gz.
  • Install software
    Choose from a list of popular applications (PHP required on the target server).
  • Copy, move and delete
    Directories are handled recursively, meaning that their content (subdirectories and files) will also be copied, moved or deleted.
  • Copy or move to a 2nd FTP server
    Handy to import files to your FTP server, or to export files from your FTP server to another FTP server.
  • Rename and chmod
    Chmod handles directories recursively.
  • View code with syntax highlighting
    PHP functions are linked to the documentation on php.net.
  • Plain text editor
    Edit text right from your browser; every time you save the changes the new file is transferred to the FTP server.
  • HTML editors
    Edit HTML a What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) form; there are 2 different editors to choose from (FCKEditor and TinyMCE).
  • Code editor
    Edit HTML and PHP in an editor with syntax highlighting (CodePress).
  • Search for words or phrases
    Filter out files based on the filename, last modification time and filesize.
  • Calculate size
    Calculate the size of directories and files.


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  1. Thanks for sharing this tip. I often have trouble uploading files to an FTP site—some files will upload with no problem and others won’t. Perhaps those files were too large? Using the net2ftp solution seems like a good way to make sure all of my files get saved to the FTP.


  2. Ok so if we boil down all the complexity to a simple install, drag and drop and files of any size or quantity arrive on your contact’s computer, without uploading anywhere, what do you get?
    Binfer, a nice alternative to FTP. Check http://www.binfer.com


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