In this article I will briefly review FileZilla Pro that I used to help a friend and easily transfer 100.000 files, in total over 200 GB, to Microsoft OneDrive.
FileZilla Pro is part of the FileZilla project that consist of a free FileZilla FTP client, a FTP server for multiple operating systems.
FileZilla Pro – Transfer files between clouds
I have been using the free FileZilla FTP client for many years. Also the WordPress installation of this blog is maintained with help of FileZilla and Microsoft Visual Studio Code. 😉
A friend of mine had a wonky Iomega hard-drive where he backup-ed all his important files. It were about 100.000 files with a total size of more than 200 GB. He already purchased a Microsoft 365 subscription with 1TB of OneDrive storage. Given the status of the hard-drive he wanted to move his files safely into the cloud. However uploading 100.000 files over the Microsoft OneDrive web-interface wasn’t as easy as he hoped.
That’s where FileZilla Pro comes to help, simply because it supports a long list of cloud storage protocols, including Microsoft OneDrive. On the FileZilla Pro website you can read the supported cloud storage protocols:
Transfer files from your computer via FTP/SFTP/FTPS, Amazon S3, Backblaze B2, Box, Dropbox, Google Cloud, Google Drive, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft OneDrive for Business, Microsoft SharePoint, OpenStack Swift and WebDAV.
The good news is that file transfers to the cloud storage locations, go in the well known FTP-style way. Connecting to a site, adding files to a queue and than transferring them. This also works for the scenario above.
Connecting FileZilla Pro to Microsoft OneDrive
Connecting FileZilla Pro to your cloud storage account is an easy, self explanatory process.
- Open FileZilla Pro;
- Go to the Site Manager option in the File Menu;
- Hit the New Site button;
- Select Microsoft OneDrive from the list with supported protocols;
- Authenticate with Microsoft OneDrive;
- Enter your Microsoft Account (username);
- Enter your password;
- Grant FileZilla Pro access to read and write files;
- Copy the authorization code from your web-browser into the pop-up in FileZilla Pro;
- Microsoft OneDrive file structure is loaded in the right window of the application;
You are now ready to go and transfer files to Microsoft OneDrive. There is also a YouTube video available for the steps above if you just need visual guidance.
Concluding thoughts and wrap-up
Easy, quick and secure: the Swiss Army knife of File Transfers!
FileZilla has been my preferred FTP client for years (where Ghisler Total Commander is my back-up FTP client).
To help a friend and support the FileZilla Project I’ve upgraded to the Pro version for the reasonable price-point of € 19,95. I agree with the statement that it feels like the Swiss Army Knife of File Transfers, using the well known look and feel of the FileZilla client.
FileZilla Pro is part of the FileZilla Project®, where FileZilla is a registered trademark of Tim Kosse, principal author of the project.
What FTP client do you use ? How do you transfer files between clouds ?