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Install and Use the gFTP Client on Ubuntu Linux

Using ftp from the command line can get tedious after a while. There’s a client for Ubuntu called gFTP that gives you a GUI based ftp experience. Much easier.

To install the gftp client, open up a terminal and use the following command:

sudo apt-get install gftp

Once the application is installed, you can find it in Applications \ Internet \ gFTP

To connect to a server, just fill in the fields, and connect. Uploading files is as simple as dragging and dropping them. It’s really a great application.

To save a bookmark to the site, you can just click the Add Bookmark link

It’s a really easy to use client, but also extremely powerful. You can even use it to change file permissions.

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  • Published 12/4/06

Comments (5)

  1. Alp

    My favorite ftp program so far. I’d like to see two more features which i think are very useful:
    1) Multiple parallel connections. The ability to open several locations and switch between them via tabs. At the moment i have to run multiple instances of gFTP for this task.
    2) Synchronized folder-switching. In CuteFTP (Windows) there is a feature which allows you to switch a directory on your local machine and the server simultaneusly if the folder-structure is similar. Very useful and time-friendly!

  2. Chris

    To connect to a server, just fill in the fields, and connect. Uploading files is as simple as dragging and dropping them. It’s really a great application.

    JUST? Fill in what fields with what info from where?

  3. physcosis

    can u show me a n00b guide to installing gproftpd in ubuntu server edition without a gui please

  4. Waseem

    Can you please assist how to install gFTP for command-based usage?

  5. helmut

    I used this program a lot. I am running a Ubuntu guest on an iMac machine. What I notice recently is this: whenever I try to reach my mac machine from Ubuntu via gFTP, I get the message connection refused.

    Grateful for any hints.

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