Dropbox vs. FileZilla

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Dropbox
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Dropbox is a cloud storage solution, equipped with features that help users to save time, improve productivity, and collaborate with others. Users can edit PDFs, share videos, sign documents, and collaborate with stakeholders without leaving Dropbox.
$9.99
per month
FileZilla
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
FileZilla is a file transfer protocol (FTP) solution.N/A
Pricing
DropboxFileZilla
Editions & Modules
Plus
$9.99
per month
Essentials
$18
per month
Business
$20
per month per user
Business Plus
$26
per month per user
Basic
Free
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
DropboxFileZilla
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
DropboxFileZilla
Considered Both Products
Dropbox
Chose Dropbox
Dropbox is by far more superior than FileZilla.
Chose Dropbox
In my opinion, Dropbox is better designed, has better functionality and a better user experience than all of these others. It's more reliable than any of these and has the most advanced syncing and permissions control. It's been around long enough that it also seems just more …
Chose Dropbox
When we changed to Dropbox it just had more options, easier accessibility, and just worked
Chose Dropbox
While OneDrive is a similar system to Dropbox, I've had many more syncing issues with that software, including being unable to save certain MS Office documents while using a different machine. It also requires a Microsoft account to use, while Dropbox is platform agnostic. …
Chose Dropbox
I find that Dropbox is a much easier product to use when sending a client a file, although I find one drive easier to use when I need a client to send me a file.
FileZilla
Chose FileZilla
FileZilla works in the same way, but this allows for greater security if your company is concerned at all with the Google platform. FileZilla actually makes you open a connection on a server and upload and then closes that connection. Dropbox is like Google - it's always open. D…
Chose FileZilla
I have been using FileZilla for over 15 years. I don't remember the other programs that I used to use, but I will tell you that when I found FileZilla, I realized that I didn't need to look any farther. The developer continues to update the program to keep it functioning well.
Chose FileZilla
I have tried/used Transmit, Cyberduck, and Fire FTP (discontinued). None of them matched the convenience and ease of use I experience with FileZilla. Transmit is nice if your workflow lives in the other Panic software. Cyberduck is simple and works, but lacks some of the more …
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
DropboxFileZilla
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
Dropbox
7.5
584 Ratings
11% below category average
FileZilla
-
Ratings
Versioning7.1446 Ratings00 Ratings
Video files7.8453 Ratings00 Ratings
Audio files8.2402 Ratings00 Ratings
Document collaboration7.6508 Ratings00 Ratings
Access control7.4545 Ratings00 Ratings
File search7.0566 Ratings00 Ratings
Device sync7.4536 Ratings00 Ratings
Cloud Storage Security & Administration
Comparison of Cloud Storage Security & Administration features of Product A and Product B
Dropbox
7.3
561 Ratings
16% below category average
FileZilla
-
Ratings
User and role management7.1507 Ratings00 Ratings
File organization7.7552 Ratings00 Ratings
Device management7.0471 Ratings00 Ratings
Cloud Storage Platform
Comparison of Cloud Storage Platform features of Product A and Product B
Dropbox
7.5
557 Ratings
12% below category average
FileZilla
-
Ratings
Performance7.6554 Ratings00 Ratings
Reliability7.9556 Ratings00 Ratings
Storage Reports7.0422 Ratings00 Ratings
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Score 9.1 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Druva Data Resiliency Cloud
Druva Data Resiliency Cloud
Score 9.6 out of 10
DataMotion
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Score 9.1 out of 10
Enterprises
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User Ratings
DropboxFileZilla
Likelihood to Recommend
7.3
(606 ratings)
7.9
(36 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
5.6
(27 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.5
(26 ratings)
9.4
(4 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
7.3
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
5.1
(33 ratings)
9.4
(16 ratings)
Online Training
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.1
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.1
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
DropboxFileZilla
Likelihood to Recommend
Dropbox
Dropbox is well-suited for file sharing within our organization. We have employees who do not work out of a traditional office and need to access files from a variety of locations: at home, in client meetings, and while traveling. Dropbox allows us to continue to work from anywhere and collaborate with each other by sharing our files.
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FileZilla
I use FileZilla to securely upload files that are not permitted to be sent via insecure methods like email or web forms. FileZilla is great to test the ability to "reach" the remote SFTP server and to verify my files arrived. Once I have tested that, then our internal IT group automates the uploads to these third parties, however I can always manually log into FIleZilla to verify the uploads.
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Pros
Dropbox
  • Dropbox's real-time collaboration features, including simultaneous editing and commenting, have revolutionized the way our teams work together.
  • On multiple occasions, we've accidentally overwritten important documents or needed to retrieve deleted files. With Dropbox, we can easily revert to previous versions or recover deleted files, preventing data loss and minimizing disruptions.
  • Dropbox excels in making file sharing a breeze. With just a few clicks, we can generate shareable links or invite colleagues to shared folders.
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FileZilla
  • Strips away unwanted underlying code from products that produce documents using any Microsoft product that is not needed in our products.
  • The nice part is that it strips away hidden code such as ctrl and another digit that is not necessary or can be replaced with the correct coding to produce standard processes such as graphics using ANSI or another protocol as well as line feeds and header masks.
  • We are in the process of determining if their pro product will function in the way we want it to across networks rather than going to each workstation to make changes decreasing our productivity.
  • We are also evaluating whether their technical support is responsive.
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Cons
Dropbox
  • Change the name of the root folder, the "()" can cause problems sometimes with some tools trying to find paths inside of the root folder.
  • The upload queue becomes slow trying to upload files that have more than ~500mb of file size, even if I have 1 Gbit of speed, Dropbox gets stuck uploading single files with that rule.
  • Sometimes we can't move a shared folder from root location.
  • LAN sync seems not to be working in my experience.
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FileZilla
  • Website slow to download from - This is a minor gripe, and only a one time thing, but in writing this review I decided to install the latest version of FileZilla just to make sure I was running the latest and greatest. Turns out that it takes 10 minutes to download from their website, on a 50 Mbit dedicated business line.
  • Some features locked behind Pro - The free version of FileZilla lacks some features that would be nice to have without requiring the upgrade to Pro. However, FileZilla Pro is quite affordable and so if you need integration with Google Drive, OneDrive, DropBox, Box, or many others, then it's definitely worth it.
  • Auto-update could be improved - I had a version of FileZilla installed and it would not auto update. In fact, Mac OS X required me to remove it, saying that it was malware. I re-downloaded FileZilla again after this, but it was odd. At other times, it seems that FileZilla auto-updates just fine.
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Likelihood to Renew
Dropbox
Dropbox is a user-friendly, easy tool which requires little to no skill and they offer a free version with a good amount of storage available. There are other file sharing tools available however at a cost. Dropbox free version I have used for years and it serves every purpose I need.
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FileZilla
No answers on this topic
Usability
Dropbox
[Its] functionality and usability are very good, however[,] on every computer that I have ever installed the app on, Dropbox assumes I want it to update the files every time I start the system up. That's not always true, but the app assumes it is. I can switch that function off, but I would rather that function default to "Off" and then I can decide to turn it on as needed.
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FileZilla
FileZilla is really easy to understand and makes it easy to log into servers to upload files. Moving files around is a breeze (even if it's a little tedious to wait for large quantities to move one by one) and editing html and css files directly is a feature it would be difficult for us to live without
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Performance
Dropbox
Dropbox is really useful, you can access any file from anywhere and you can upload and even edit files online, but, sometimes it can be slow. Downloading, uploading, and syncing is a bit slow, it can take several minutes. Furthermore, the search engine for large amounts of data can be slow too and it is not powerful.
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FileZilla
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Dropbox
Our experience with support has been limited which is a good thing. We haven't experienced any major issues with the service and most of our service interactions have been useability questions which we were able to find answers for within their knowledge base. For the few times we have reached out to support, the responses were on point, quick, and our issue was resolved in one interaction. I appreciate not being routed to a chatbot or offshored support.
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FileZilla
I've always found the setup of FileZilla to be easy to use and setting up new sites has been quick. In working with FileZilla, I haven't had any issues. I rate it high because it's easy, quick, and free. I think anyone that is familiar with File Explorer can use FileZilla.
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Implementation Rating
Dropbox
I needed to stay current in improving my daily operations. Dropbox
was suggested to me by a former colleague two-years ago and I've been using it just fine ever since.
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FileZilla
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Dropbox
Dropbox gives more visual control over the success of uploading. WeTransfer uploads and then sends a link to the recipient. If something goes wrong during the upload, there doesn't appear to be a way to begin again from the dropping point. With Dropbox, I can watch as it uploads. If I lose a connection, it will continue uploading where it left off when I get a new connection. This is vital in transferring large files. If WeTransfer offers that, I was never able to figure it out.
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FileZilla
Both perform the job they are expected to do, and they are easy to use. The FileZilla software is a desktop-based app, so I can only access it on the device on which it was installed. Cisco Secure Email allows you to send emails as you would normally, but the email and attachments are secure.
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Return on Investment
Dropbox
  • Helped us to streamline boxes of papers into electronic folders.
  • Enables a more solid backup of necessary files, not dependent on one specific computer or one specific box of papers.
  • Enabled a quicker search to locate specific files than the previously used operations.
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FileZilla
  • The fact that FileZilla is free is an immediate advantage over other filesharing applications when it comes to maintaining a tight budget.
  • FileZilla being open-source means that new updates and maintenance are also cost-free.
  • The fact that no licenses are required means zero capital expenditure, another bonus.
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ScreenShots

Dropbox Screenshots

Screenshot of the action bar, that sits across the browser page can be used to record the screen, edit PDFs, upload files, create folders, get signatures, or send and track documents.Screenshot of Dropbox Replay, that lets collaborators leave frame-accurate feedback and markups directly on project files.Screenshot of Dropbox Capture, which can be used to take screen recordings, screenshots, and GIFs with one click and share them with a link.Screenshot of the interface where Dropbox lets users upload, edit, send, and sign PDFs in one place.