Home » Questions » Computers [ Ask a new question ]

Which is better? SFTP or FTPS

Which is better? SFTP or FTPS

I've heard it from some sources that SFTP is preferable to FTPS. If this is the case, I'm wondering why exactly.

Asked by: Guest | Views: 127
Total answers/comments: 1
Guest [Entry]

"This page from CodeGuru has a good summary of the pros and cons of each:

As usual, the answer depends on what your goals and requirements are. In general, SFTP is technologically superior to FTPS. Of course, it's a good idea to implement support for both protocols, but they are different in concepts, in supported commands, and in many other things.
It's a good idea to use FTPS when you have a server that needs to be accessed from personal devices (smartphones, PDAs, and the like) or from some specific operating systems that have FTP support but don't have SSH/SFTP clients. If you are building a custom security solution, SFTP is probably the better option.
As for the client side, the requirements are defined by the server(s) that you plan to connect to. When connecting to Internet servers, SFTP is more popular because it's supported by Linux and UNIX servers by default.
For private host-to-host transfer, you can use both SFTP and FTPS. For FTPS, you would need to search for a free FTPS client and server software or purchase a license for commercial one. For SFTP support, you can install an OpenSSH package that provides free client and server software."