Cyberduck: an all-in-one desktop client for FTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV, Cloud Storage, and Google Docs


FTP has been impressively resilient as a file storage protocol, but these are the days where files are literally everywhere, in cloud storage, Google docs, and the like.

Enter Cyberduck: a free, open source desktop client that can access your FTP, WebDAV, and cloud storage accounts from a single, nicely designed application.

It can access multiple cloud storage accounts like Amazon S3, Google Storage, Rackspace Cloud Files, Windows Azure and Google Documents.

Cyberduck works on both Windows and Mac.

Here are some pros and cons:

Freewaregenius 5-Star Pick


  • Supports many protocols: FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, SSH, Amazon S3, Google Storage, Windows Azure, Rackspace Cloud Files and even Google Docs. Works with third party providers using either the S3 or Openstack APIs.
  • Nice GUI: supports drag and drop, and is quite attractive. A nice context menu that contains a lot of functions, including the ability to quickly grab the HTTP URLs of a selected file in, including CDN and S3 URLs.
  • Default editor for Windows: lets users define which text editor to use in Windows.
  • Other functions: compress/expand TAR ZIP remotely, encrypts passwords, directory synchronization, drop-down access to recently accessed or bookmarked servers.


  • Dual pane layout: to have as an option would be nice; I know some users like this.
  • Windows Explorer integration: in the send-to menu, would be nice.
  • Support for MaxCDN: would be nice (or, if that in fact is possible with some tweaking of the current version, someone please tell me how to do it).

The verdict: the combination of cloud storage/Google docs support and an amazing looking GUI make this software a winner as far as I am concerned. It may even Knock WinSCP off it’s spot on my Freeware Top 30 list; stay tuned!

Version Tested: 4.1.2

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7);  Mac (OS X 10.5 or later required).

Go to the program home page to download the latest version (approx 12.9 megs).

  • jim

    nice find!! can’t wait to try this out. thanks!

  • Christopher

    Just tried it out. I won’t switch away from SmartFTP which I already bought, but I will keep it for its easy cloud functions, and I think I’m throwing Filezilla out the door. Very impressive software, thanks for this article!

  • Hey Samer,

    We’ve just released a new beta program so you can copy to Amazon S3 automatically even when the program you’re using doesn’t support it. We basically give you some FTP space that you use to copy to and then it automatically copies it up to your Amazon S3 account.

    Let me know if you think something like this is useful…

  • smaragdus

    Cyberduck is a powerful multi-protocol client but what prevents me from using it is the single-panel interface, which is highly unhandy for me. As far as I know the developer if Cyberduck stubbornly refuses to add a second panel. His reason (as Cyberduck was originally written for OSX) is- ‘You have Finder so you don’t need a second panel’.