Cyberduck vs Filezilla Review

Cyberduck vs Filezilla Review

What do you think of Cyberduck vs Filezilla?

For my own FTP needs, I've been very apprehensive to use Filezilla as my FTP client. Yes I do know that Filezilla is the most popular FTP client and has the easiest to navigate user interface.


However I've read a wide variety of reviews from various sources how precarious using Filezilla can be whenever you download it. This has been due to alleged shady Admin responses, and unethical practices of bundling adware and malware on your computer automatically upon download.

Many long-time web developers who have used Filezilla for many years have recently jumped ship due to consistent bad experiences, and shady Admin responses.

So I decided to test both myself and see where the relevancy of their comments would or would not avail itself.

When it comes to Cyberduck vs Filezilla I simply wanted to know the truth.

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Cyberduck vs Filezilla, the Pros and Cons

Cyberduck vs Filezilla: Pros and Cons

We did extensive research and robust testing and came up with these Pros and Cons for Cyberduck and Filezilla. Let's first start with the  Pros and Cons of Cyberduck.

Cyberduck Pros and Cons

Cyberduck: Pros and Cons

Upon doing our research, we have cited 7 Pros and only 1 Con:


Cyberduck is cross-platform and open-source


Cyberduck is available for both Windows and OSX and the source code of the application is licensed under GPL and can be found


Cyberduck has an easy and intuitive user interface


Cyberduck includes a bookmark manager


Cyberduck supports many additional protocols and APIs

In addition to FTP, FTPS, and SFTP, Cyberduck also supports transfers with WebDAV, S3, Backblaze B2, Azure, OpenStack Swift, and Google Drive APIs.


Cyberduck is available in multiple languages

In addition to English, Cyberduck is available in 25 other languages including Chinese (both traditional and simplified), German and Ukrainian.


Cyberduck integrates with any third-party text editor

We have also uncovered 2 Cons for Cyberduck:


No portable version

There is no portable version for windows. Needs to be installed.

Cyber corrected the issue, or it would have been a target

Note: The most essential feature of any FTP client is the ability to queue your downloads

The Cybeduck queuing feature was originally added in to v2.8 way back in 2007. Unfortunately in May 2017, in v6.0 they broke this essential feature when they tried to add other less important, features.

This loss of functionality was clearly not intentional because the corresponding options, which allow you to select the number of simultaneous transfers, were still there - they just no longer could do anything. Even by choosing one transfer, every single download placed in the queue would begin immediately and without waiting for the previous ones to complete.

Thankfully, this massive bug was corrected in the v7 version. Therefore this is no longer a Con for Cyberduck.

Filezilla Pros and Cons

Filezilla: Pros and Cons

Here are the Pros and Cons of Filezilla. Upon doing our research, we have cited 4 Pros and only 1 Con:


SFTP support

Supports FTP, FTPS (SSL) and SFTP (SSH)


Free and open source

FileZilla is free open-source software distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License free of charge. Basically this means that everyone, including corporate entities, can use FileZilla, including but not limited to private, educational and commercial use.



In addition to Windows, FileZilla client is available for Unix, OSX and Linux.


Suppots FTP and FTPS

FileZilla Server is a server that supports FTP and FTP over SSL/TLS which provides secure encrypted connections to the server.


Filezilla installs junk software on your computer

By installing junk and potentially harmful adware by default on your computer, this is a major negative for Filezilla.

Cyberduck vs Filezilla, I'm quacking like a duck!

Cyberduck for FTP

So now I'm quacking like a duck, as I made a wise decision to use Cyberduck as my FTP client.

Cyberduck is also currently rated higher than Filezilla in several categories, including their UX and UI as well as overall user experience.

Cyberduck is a fairly popular file transfer client for Apple Mac and Microsoft Windows. It supports SFTP, FTP, FTPS, WebDAV, Amazon S3, and OpenStack Swift protocols.

For security alerts. Cyberduck can use public keys for authentication. Many organizations have been found to have massive numbers of unmanaged SSH keys. They pose a major security and compliance risk.

Opening SSH tunnels from the external Internet into organizations has also become a common way to circumvent security policies and open backdoors.

However, above all of this, my biggest reason for recommending and choosing Cyberduck as my FTP client is that now that the Cyberduck tech team has fixed the major queuing issues in v7,the program is now easy, hassle-free, and complete.

Furthermore, unlike Filezilla  which will install junk and potentially harmful adware on your computer upon download, Cyberduck is junk free: it will not harm your computer.

Cyberduck vs Filezilla, the Wonderful Community Comments

Cyberduck vs Filezilla: Comments from My Wonderful Community

Here were some of the helpful comments from my wonderful worldwide online community of 1.5 million members when I posed the question of what would you choose, Cyberduck vs Filezilla:

I used to FTP quite often back in the day. Now, I haven't really found any reason to go into the control panel of my sites since hosting them here at WA using WordPress.

My other sites are on Weebly and they have a proprietary web builder there as well. Nevertheless, I just look in my Applications folder and sure enough, I still have a Cyberduck sitting there.
Silently quacking. – Anonymous

Lol... I love the imagery. I thought maybe you were drowning in overwhelming work and quacking for help!!
I used Filezilla once and I had to get Site Support to help me.
I have this bookmarked in the event I need to do this. – Anonymous

Quack like a Duck

Great news we can use something else other then Filezilla that is wonderful. Now we don't have worry about getting any virus on our computers now that is even better
Great Post Kaju that is wonderful. – Anonymous

We are quackers about you, Kaju! Thanks for the information and we are saving it. - Anonymous

So far I have used Cyberduck 3 times for FTP and have been very satisfied with the service.

You can download Cyberduck by going to

Cyberduck is the Winner

So you can be rest assured in the war of Cyberduck vs Filezilla, my vote affirmatively goes to Cyberduck as my FTP client.

Please feel free to leave your comments below, and to share your own personal experiences.

About the Author

KAJU is the band leader and founding member of OFF THE HOOK, one of the premiere dance party bands in the New York Tri-State Area. After contracting a mysterious hand disorder, Kaju now writes to help other musicians and artists deal with disabilities. Currently he is a Full-time Affiliate Marketer and 1-on-1 mentor at Wealthy Affiliate, a community that can help anyone start an online business without prior experience. This is where he teaches others how to make a great passive income. Read more about his story here!