Dreamweaver FTP Sucks – Dreamweaver FTP Problems – Filezilla Plugin for Dreamweaver

Let it be said that I hate Dreamweaver‘s FTP. Yes, Dreamweaver FTP SUCKS. The FTP client included with Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, along with every other version of Dreamweaver that I’ve used, is so painfully slow and worthless. I’ve experienced way too many “Operation time out – canceling…” errors in a row for my own sanity. Sometimes it helps by ticking the Passive checkbox but that certainly does not completely the solve the problem, especially if you’re uploading a ton of files. If only there was a way to add a Filezilla plugin to Dreamweaver, then I would be happy. But of course that will never happen…



52 Responses to “Dreamweaver FTP Sucks – Dreamweaver FTP Problems – Filezilla Plugin for Dreamweaver”

  1. Mister E. on February 14th, 2010 1:10 pm

    Hmm….. strange.

    I use Dreamweaver’s FTP function every single day and I’ve never had this problem. Maybe it’s a connecton (or setup) issue for you?


    Big E.

  2. robb luther on February 25th, 2010 11:30 am

    Dude. I just Googled, “Dreamweaver’s FTP Sucks” because I hate it so much. A filezilla plugin would kick major arse. I feel your pain.

  3. Chris on April 28th, 2010 3:08 am

    lololol Rob.. id google Dreamweaver ftp sucks, hit “im feeling lucky” and got this too! hahaahaahhaah


  4. Josh on April 28th, 2010 2:34 pm

    it doesn’t even support ftpes… @mister E – u probably only use one server, for those of us who have to interface with different servers every day it is annoying.

  5. dan on June 8th, 2010 5:26 pm

    I can drop to command line and manually upload files faster than using the crappy built-in implementation in dreamweaver cs3.

    I just don’t understand how you could screw up FTP that bad!

  6. Sean on June 9th, 2010 9:00 am

    HA! I googled that as well, and here i land. I have had the same problem time and time again in cs3 and cs4. Sometimes I even have to go into the backend and reset my user and pass because it gets slamed by the dreamweaver FTP ha! Filezilla just got downloaded and I fear i will not look back, although i do wish there was a good solution inside dreamweaver to save time

  7. Sean Boone on August 3rd, 2010 3:11 pm

    I’ve had constant headaches w/ Dreamweaver CS4 connecting to different servers.

    It’s highly inconsistent when FileZilla seems to be 10x faster.

    I’ve played around with Secure FTP, Passive FTP, IPv6 transfer mode, etc. etc… nothing makes a real difference.

    Wonder why.

  8. admin on August 3rd, 2010 4:08 pm

    @Sean Boone – I agree completely. It’s almost getting to the point where I am strongly considering looking for other alternatives for web editing software that has a solid FTP component. Seems like the FTP problems have been plaguing Dreamweaver for several versions now and you would think it would be a top priority for Macromedia/Adobe to fix instead of adding tons of worthless bells and whistles.

  9. Daniel K on August 12th, 2010 10:45 am

    I cannot exclaim enough the suckiness of dreamweavers ftp. I have switched to Aptana studio (which is really for php people like myself). I can’t believe I put up with dreamshite for so long.

    I came back today to use it for an old site and yet again, it’s complete rubbish. I mean what has happened with dreamweaver? It got bought by adobe and hasn’t changed one iota except for the superficial garbage.

    Rant indeed…

  10. dan on September 23rd, 2010 6:47 am

    just a me too – DW FTP (v2 right through to CS4) on the Mac is like watching snail racing. It’s pathetic. But then the whole CS4 on the Mac is a pain – Illustrator crashes, InDesign won’t quit. At least Photoshop is still rock and roll!

  11. Jason on October 15th, 2010 5:40 am

    I thought it was just me having problems.

    Well 1st its certainly a mac issue, 2nd its also an FTP issue when using SFTP i have no problems.

    Still no excuse though, adobe need to look into their FTP component CS5 is no different the FTP is still terrible and barely works. Its become a joke.

    on Windows 7 on the other hand it seems to work nicely.

  12. Jason on October 15th, 2010 5:42 am

    I’ve also found my Dreamweaver CS5 crashes when using port 22 (SFTP) which is annoying.

  13. Anneke on October 19th, 2010 5:55 am

    Hi, I had this problem for the second time. Yesterday I could connect to my ftp without a problem, today couldn’t connect at all.
    I know from the first time, that when you delete the preferences (home/libraries/preferences/com.adobe.dreamweaver-11.0.plist) ftp will work again.

    Still it sucks dreamweaver ftp, put this is a temporary solver.

  14. Dustin on January 25th, 2011 10:29 pm

    When performing large transfers sometimes the files will even end up in the wrong folders after the transfer completes. It’s completely ridiculous and incredibly annoying.

  15. Ash Whiting on February 5th, 2011 11:54 pm

    Yep. Dreamweaver’s FTP is embarrassing…. I have been using it for 10 years and it’s just a total anathema to the tools that Dreamweaver offers…

    Yes it’s a great web code editor… Let down massively by it’s utterly terrible FTP element.

    Surely they would have updated it by now… But no.. It sucks as hard as it always has.

    I use other FTP software… I’m sick of cancelling my slow ass uploads, only for Dreamweaver to take a further 10 minutes to ACTUALLY cancel..

    Weak and sucky. I can’t believe they are still using the same system they have been using for the last 10 years… It sucked then, it still sucks now….

  16. Ash Whiting on February 5th, 2011 11:55 pm

    ….. Waiting for server…… er…… Cyberduck isn’t waiting… It’s connecting… What the hell is wrong with Dreamweaver???

  17. Ash Whiting on February 6th, 2011 12:00 am

    Currently interacting with the server….

    Er…. Why do I have to wait to queue new uploads…. YOU SUCK….

  18. Paul on February 8th, 2011 6:00 pm

    I too have had a terrible time working with Dreamweaver and FTP in Windows XP and Windows 7. This goes for Dreamweaver CS3 and Dreamwever CS4.

    It really does suck!! Endless timeouts, etc.. that has caused me no end of grief and wasted time.

    Why dont they take some of that money we all pay them and spend a bit on upgrading one of the weakest links in their software? It makes no sense!

  19. Mark on February 10th, 2011 3:49 am

    Amen on the suckage …

  20. Jason on February 13th, 2011 7:36 pm

    … It sucked in CS3 as this article points out.

    ….It *still* sucks in both CS4 and CS5. You’d think after, like, 5 years they would have fixed it? I guess not!

    I mean, FTP is kind of crucial to web site development – and it sucks in Dreamweaver. Always has, still does, and probably always will! 🙂

  21. Steve on February 14th, 2011 1:00 am

    Not only does it disconnect or time out most of the time, when it does happen to work, it is SO painfully slow it is laughable, except it makes me want to cry.

    On every other level Dreamweaver is a production boost. But when it comes to FTP, it slows everything down.

  22. scott on February 16th, 2011 7:45 pm

    Problem: Dreamweaver 3 (Circa 2000) not functioning right in Windows environment and making certain FTP files un-publishable.

    I use Dreamweaver 3 on a MS Windows XP Pro platform. It used to work fine (given that it is an older version), but would not work right on Windows 7. FTP files typically don’t upload automatically anyway with Dreamweaver 3 – so instead, I use “My computer” to get to Dreamweaver FTP files then drag-and-drop them to the FTP site for my web site.

    However, on Windows 7, certain FTP’s become corrupted somehow – not openly so but when uploaded, they can’t be found on the web page. So, I re-loaded Dreamweaver on my XP PC and it worked fine – until I upgraded to MS IE8 – then all of the FTP’s – while looking right in Dreamweaver – could not be found by the web page once uploaded as replacements/updates for existing. So, I turned the clock back and uploaded older files made before IE8 and they “took” fine.

    One more thing, even in the XP platform with IE 6, Dreamweaver 3 still seems to have issues – some web pages can be edited/updated locally, but when uploaded, the web page can’t find them. Sometimes too, the web page, when opened in Dreamweaver, does not look right – losing header or similar and this seems to be tied to the issue of not being seen on the web page once uploaded (drag-and-drop method). I suspect that besides later versions of Windows and later versions of Internet Explorer, there may be some Microsoft update or another that tweaks the working environment for Dreamweaver (I.E.: MS XP) that prevents Dreamweaver from functioning seamlessly as a HTML editor.

    Hope this makes sense coming from a novice. Does anyone know what could be casuing this or have had the same issue?

  23. josh on February 18th, 2011 6:51 pm

    Sucks. Sucks the big one. And Adobe people seem to deny it on the forums, rather than ever saying “yeah, we suck, sorry for ruining you day with FTP issues, again.” CS5 was the first minor step forward, and it still totally sucks donkey dong.

  24. davey boy on February 26th, 2011 12:38 pm

    you idiots, sorry guys but if your having trouble with the dreamweaver ftp its because you have no got it setup right, when i first started using dreamweaver i had issues but they are quickly resolved by setting it up right. filezilla is awesome and i use it a lot because i find the interface quick and easy when im not working on webpages and rather batch uploading and other thingies, but dreamweaver has a perfect ftp but it has to be setup correctly for your webserver, get intouch with the hosting company and ask them what are the optimal settings for dreamweaver and im sure you will not be dissapointed once you have done so..

  25. Casper on March 5th, 2011 12:53 pm

    there’s no reason it should take a full 5 seconds to upload a 1 Kb file, but Dreamweaver considers this normal. It is always reconnecting. Also, when you try to cancel the upload, that takes even longer. You may as well just suck it up and wait. It really is ridiculous and yes, I have it set up correctly. I’ve been using it for many many years.

  26. Dan on March 16th, 2011 12:16 pm

    Add me to the list!!!

    FTP is ok when saving single files, but a lot of times ti will timeout and timeout again!! I open filezilla and it works like a charm while it keeps timing out in dreamweaver… Its so annoying! plus dont even thing about uploading 100 files because it will do it one by one and take for ever. Unlike filezilla that opens 5 or 6 connections at the time which what most servers allow per computer when doing ftp transfers…

    I cant believe adobe made sucha poor ftp client….

  27. Jack on April 7th, 2011 2:58 am

    I struggle with DW shitty ftp for years now, have Adobe gone deaf??

    So many pages, so many posts, so many customers facing this issue!

    When they release DW CS5 I rushed to upgrade hoping this would be fixed, nah sorry! The bug of whatever this is is still here, bugging my everyday life.

    As mentioned before it’s totally pointless to play with the configurations, it makes few to no difference at all.

    Adobe???!?! When will you fix this?

    Today I’m give it a try to the alternatives do DW that have been mentioned by others.

  28. Roy on April 25th, 2011 10:04 pm

    OK, I feel better now. At least I’m not alone.

    Filezilla rocks. Dreamweaver’s FTP sucks. I appreciate Davey Boy calling us idiots, but I’ve had several conversations with my hosting company trying to troubleshoot this POS and they can’t figure out the problem either. I’m glad Davey Boy has had good luck, but he is clueless when it comes to the problems others are having.

    For the big money Adobe demands for their products, you would think they could get something like an FTP client to work.

  29. Chris on May 3rd, 2011 3:27 pm

    Agreed! Dreamweaver FTP sucks harder than a brand new wet vaccuum. Constantly waiting for it to respond. THE BEST PART? … it actually takes time to cancel an operation and shows a 2 minute dialogue box just to CANCEL something. Bullshit.

  30. Dave on May 24th, 2011 11:40 am

    In case it helps anyone I’ve been having problems since upgrading to Dreamweaver CS 5.5 but it seems that it’s coincidental as I just banned an IP that was harrassing my FTP server and it’s fine now.

    If you’re having problems check your FTP server logs.

  31. Dave on May 25th, 2011 6:52 am

    Update: It’s better but not fine

    I’ve also noticed on uploading following this failiure to connect it tells me that the file on the server has changed and asks if I’m sure I want to upload.

  32. Dave on May 25th, 2011 7:06 am

    Update 2:

    From looking at the FTP server logs again I’ve noticed something that could be the key to the problem…

    Dreamweaver is issuing a PORT command to the (remote) FTP server in the form mentioned in this page: http://www.securitypronews.com/it/networksystems/spn-21-20030917UnderstandingtheFTPPORTCommand.html

    When it is successful the IP contained in the PORT command is our external IP, when it fails the IP is of my machine within our local network.

  33. phreakedW on June 10th, 2011 3:30 pm

    hi everyone.
    yes DW does suck. I’ve used dreamweaver for about 8 years on a PC running windows 2K – windows7.
    DSL, or CABLE speeds between 256K – 20MB

    Dreamweaver loses its connection information for a site occasionally (once a month)

    operations time out

    “waiting for server” messages occur way to often


    so, its not a mac problem, its not a connection problem. IT’S a DREAMWEAVER PROBLEM.
    from mx to CS3. DW is lame.


    fileZilla works much much much faster
    netDrive is another way to map a ftp site as a drive letter


    so frustrated newbs … its DW.
    not necessarily your fault.

  34. st.dangerous on June 27th, 2011 12:37 pm

    I’ve been using Dreamweaver since 1997. It’s amazing that after almost FIFTEEN (15!) years this part of their product is SOOO weak. The NCFTP or FileZilla libraries are available for free, are fast, are extendable, and ROCK! This is like a one week project for ONE developer at Adobe to make this upgrade. But somehow Adobe can’t make this happen? What’s up Adobe? Why don’t you give US the source and we’ll even do it for you!

  35. Bill on July 3rd, 2011 4:13 pm

    @ davey boy – You’re calling these people idiots? Laughable. You can’t even formulate a proper sentence, you host with a shared hosting company, you have to ask your host for information.

    Many of these people including myself work on client owned dedicated servers and have no requirement for outside knowledge of the technology we are discussing here. You’re a kid that know some html. Your not qualified to speak on these matters.

    There is a long history of horrible FTP performance with Dreamweaver. It not a myth it’s a well documented fact. Don’t open your mouth about something you don’t understand.

  36. Peter on July 13th, 2011 5:29 pm

    It’s almost sad that we are still buying DW. I planned to buy CS5, but will skip it just because of the bad ftp functionality. If that aint gonna be solved quick i might just as well turn my back to dw.

  37. Dman on July 28th, 2011 12:12 pm

    Operation timed out. Cancelling…

    Operation timed out. Cancelling…

    Operation timed out. Cancelling…

    Their ftp code sucks and is the most annoying aspect of the program. It really brings the entire product down.Perhaps their other protocol implementations don’t suck as much.

  38. Dman on July 28th, 2011 12:13 pm

    Is this mac specific or does the ftp client on DW cd 5 for windows work?

  39. Jordan on August 10th, 2011 2:41 pm

    @st.dangerous – +1… you are absolutely right.

    Here I am waiting for DW to upload a single 2KB file, watching that damn blue bar spaz up and down. WTF

    @davey boy – haha… think you’re out of your league here.

  40. Mike on October 4th, 2011 5:45 pm

    Not only is it slow and times out all the time, CS5 is now forgetting the ftp credentials. Now I have to look them up each time to get DW ftp to work at all. That’s the last straw. I’m just going to keep Filezilla open each time I user DW and forget their lame ftp.

  41. wolfdogg on December 7th, 2011 11:31 pm

    im using SFTP, and one single host, and windows 7, i still have MAJOR problems. sometimes when my connection drops out for a second, and i mean literally a second, dreamweaver flips a lid. as we speak, i googled “DreamweaverOperation Times Out, Cancelling 100 times” and i got this.

    so, as we speak, i have a Operation Timed Out message about 200 long now, i hit cancel 20 times arleady, its stuck. so i have to kill the process and relaunch it to save it, atleast thats what i had to do earlier.

    I have had problems way back when it was macromedia ultra dev, so its nothing new to dreamweaver.

    i say CCCCCCAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNN the FTP Engine and start anew Adobe!

  42. Eric on September 29th, 2012 8:53 am

    What I hate is that I try to upload one page and Dreamweaver trys to upload every file in the directory. Anybody know how to turn the synchronization off? Can’t find info about it anywhere.

  43. Sam on November 12th, 2012 8:13 am

    After having loads of troubles with DW as well, I finally seem to have found my solution: in DW 5.5 I just changed to SFTP instead of FTP, and now everything works superfast (funny enough).

  44. Sam on November 12th, 2012 8:22 am

    Actually never mind my previous comments – issues just came back after a bit.

  45. Liz on April 25th, 2013 5:05 pm

    Agree to all the ranting! I use CuteFTP for my file uploads after doing the design work in Dreamweaver.

  46. Tommy on June 16th, 2013 8:22 am

    Anyone that does not have a problem with Dreamweaver FTP simply does not use Dreamweaver that much, this has been a problem for me and most other “real developers” for years, I have went through at least 20 laptops over the past 10+ years, over 100+ different locations I have connected from, and have wasted countless hours waiting for Dreamweaver to connect and put my files. Using another FTP client does not really work either, yes any FTP client from Filezilla to Cute FTP upload almost instantly every time but switching and locating the correct folder to upload to does not work well either. I just don’t understand how Adobe can allow this known bug to go on for so many years, overpriced garbage = Adobe Dreamweaver!

  47. Jayden on July 24th, 2013 9:17 pm

    Have been using DW since 2000. 13 years of pain with this fricking FTP thing, on Windows and Mac.

    Steve Jobs was right – Adobe is a lazy company. One call to their tech support and you’ll amplify your frustration x 100.

    Someone needs to step up and create a Dreamweaver Killer.

  48. Coder4Life on April 25th, 2014 1:00 pm

    Same pain with DW FTP. I’ve been using DW since they purchased Drum Kit 11 years ago. It sucks every year. I thought CS, CS1, CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5, CS5.5, CS6 CC would finally fix it. My mistake. Don’t use this program if time is valuable to you.

  49. Stryder on March 21st, 2016 6:22 pm

    TERRIBLY SUXXXX…. ive been using dreamweaver since before MX when it was owned by macromedia i have had some hits and misses with it switching hosts but mostly misses i have never spent so much time researching possible faults on something so elementary and for that it sucks. Should be more open with settings and more forgiving like cuteFTP or Filezilla its a dog most of the time I really like using the Sync feature to go back and fourth with my remote development but if it cancels itself during operation every time then its useless. Adobe is lazy and telling users that its just settings….. open your eyes never seen so much complaining about a single feature in a program that never even gets fixed…. you fail adobe

  50. bitkahuna on October 19th, 2016 6:53 pm

    i feel everyone’s pain and have for far too long. i’m close to getting a workflow that uses sublime editor and the sftp plugin, all of which is lightning fast, and crazy powerful with so many great free add-ons (ya gotta get the folder enhancements one of you’ll go nuts because you can’t create a folder from within out of the box sublime).
    i recognize the power of adobe’s photoshop, illustrator and indesign, but the inconsistency and HORRIBLY unintuitive modes, tools, menus, options, etc are completely ridiculous. looking at the artistry beta, seems like that may give photoshop/illustrator some real competition. gimp and paintshoppro don’t cut it really.
    anyway, back to dreamweaver… it’s really pretty terrible and i hope to be rid of it soon!
    i’ve been trying to upload a 250MB zip file in a website, and it’s taking HOURS. pathetic…

  51. bitkahuna on October 19th, 2016 7:02 pm

    just to add to the last post… the 250MB upload didn’t finish – looking at the server from cuteftp, i saw that dreamweaver got really close to finishing, then bizarrely it seems to have started over. i killed the upload and am now doing it with cuteftp… lesson learned (again).

  52. Churro on February 14th, 2017 4:38 pm

    I thought it was ME… but no, hahaha—after years and years of using Dreamweaver, I come to realize that their built-in FTP functions are dreadful – because greed. Sigh… Adobe has been slipping for years and years. They still have some great products with phenomenal features, but these exist alongside others that are inexplicably buggy and pathetic. Because someone always has to line their pockets by cutting corners.

    The solution I’ve come up with is to cancel DW’s FTP upload operations until the client “behaves”. It wants to hang the first couple of times – even warning me that “cancelling a transfer in progress… yadda yadda, STFU DW” lol. Then the third time, it uploads the file immediately, without fuss. Just like Filezilla does except Filezilla always works, as mentioned.

    Adobe is just another greedy corporation sacrificing integrity for a few bucks. more Pathetic.

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