One of my favorite features when using FTP clients is the synchronized browsing feature. This feature allows me to browse through the project folder on my drive while keeping the remote file browser in sync with my current folder of interest. This saves me a lot of time because I only have to change the directory once. I don’t have to open the local directory and then waste time browsing around on the server for it’s twin.
I’m happy to say that this feature is supported in most of the well known FTP clients. It’s not always called the same thing but the functionality is roughly the same.
I’ll cover the cross platform favorite, Filezilla, first. You can find the synchronized browsing feature inside the Site Manager dialog where all of your bookmarks are stored. Filezilla requires that you specify a local and a remote path in order to enable this feature.
On the Mac side, this feature is also offered in Transmit and Forklift. One of my favorites, Transmit doesn’t prominently display this feature. They’ve hidden it in the Go menu under the name “Link Folder Navigation”.
In Forklift, you can find this feature prominently displayed in the toolbar with an icon that looks like two split panes being merged together.
On the Windows side, you can find this feature in Filezilla, WinSCP, and FTP Voyager, which are all available for free. There are a few commercial clients that have this feature as well, namely CuteFTP and CrossFTP. CuteFTP calls this feature “Lockstep Folder Navigation” and FTP Voyager calls it “Lock Folder Navigation”.
Below are some links to all of the clients I’ve mentioned:
- Free FTP Clients
- Commercial FTP Clients
Have a favorite S/FTP client that I haven’t listed here? Does it have synchronized browsing? I’d love to hear about it, so let me know in the comments.