Desktop Client

Aspera Desktop Client is a full-featured desktop transfer client used to initiate and automate transfers with the Aspera Enterprise Server, Aspera Connect Server and the Aspera Point-to-Point advanced client. Supporting a variety of operating systems, it is a lightweight, easy-to-use application that lets users easily and securely transfer large files and directories at high speeds over any network distance, type or condition.

Use Cases

High-speed, secure content distribution over any network

Provide geographically dispersed teams with a high-speed transport to upload and download digital content. Aspera’s patented FASP® transfer technology moves data at the highest speeds regardless of the file sizes, network type (intercontinental WANs, satellite, WI-FI), transfer distances or network conditions.

FTP / SFTP server replacement for high performance transfers

With speeds that are hundreds of times faster than traditional protocols, fasp-powered Aspera Desktop Client coupled with the Enterprise Server eliminates the low-speed, unreliable, insecure, and bandwidth-underutilizing FTP transfers with blazing fast transport, enterprise-grade security, and unmatched bandwidth utilization and control.

Product Highlights

Extreme performance

  • Delivers transfer rates that are hundreds of times faster than traditional transfer protocols.
  • Precise bandwidth control ensures full utilization of available bandwidth, while remaining fair to other network traffic.
  • 100% reliable data delivery with retry-and-resume for paused or failed transfers.

Variety of transfer options

  • Send files and folders manually through a simple, intuitive graphical user interface.
  • Trigger automatic transfers with hot folders.
  • Leverage a flexible scriptable command line interface for automated, unattended transfers.

Performance monitoring and control

  • Graphical real-time transfer rate display shows bandwidth utilization.
  • Users can adjust transfer priority and bandwidth utilization on the fly.

Comprehensive enterprise-grade security

  • SSH authentication.
  • In-transit and at-rest encryption of files and folders.
  • Data integrity verification for every transmitted data block.

Unrivaled Aspera performance

  • Powered by Aspera’s patented FASP® transport technology, content is sent at high speed, regardless of file sizes, transfer distances or network conditions.
  • Precise bandwidth control ensures the entire allocated bandwidth is utilized to achieve maximum transfer speeds, while remaining fair to other business-critical network traffic.
  • Automatic, fast and lossless inline compression reduces data set transfer sizes, providing further boost to Aspera's industry-leading transfer performance.
  • 100% reliable data delivery with real-time reporting of transfer progress and performance.

Versatile yet easy-to-use software

  • Simple, intuitive user interface that makes it easy to browse remote files and directories and to initiate high-speed uploads.
  • Transfers can be initiated manually, or automatically queued and scheduled with hot folders.
  • Command line scripting option provides the means to automate transfers and add custom pre- and post-transfer processing steps.
  • Support for Aspera Files (v 3.6.1) major functions including interactive file and folder browsing, upload/download, and hot folder functionality.

Precise bandwidth utilization control

  • Real-time visual monitoring of transfer progress and transfer queue.
  • Ability to adjust bandwidth utilization on the fly; ideal for boosting transfer speeds for time-critical content or throttling down less important transfers to leave bandwidth for other business-critical network traffic (e.g. video conferencing).

Bullet-proof Security

Keep your business-critical digital assets safe with Aspera’s enterprise-grade security features.

  • Thorough SSH authentication.
  • AES-128 data encryption in-transit and at-rest with configurable per-user encryption settings and minimum required password strength.
  • Native key store for passwords (v 3.6.1) using OS's native secret key store to store passwords for remote connections, instead of a local persistent store
  • Configurable encryption settings per user, with complete transfer authorization policies and security options.
  • FIPS 140-2 compliant cryptographic module.
  • Data integrity verification for each transmitted block.

>> Learn more about Aspera's FASP security model

Operating Systems Supported by the Latest Version

  • Windows: 2008r2, 2012r2, 7, 8, 10
  • Linux 64-bit and 32-bit: Ubuntu 12-15, RHEL 6-7, CentOS 6-7, SLES 11-12, Debian 6-7Fedora 16-20; Kernel 2.4 or higher and Glibc 2.5+
  • Mac OS X: 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, macOS 10.12 (Sierra)
  • AIX: 6.1, 7.1

Have another operating system? Check other Desktop Client versions

Minimum Hardware REquirements

Refer to the minimum hardware requirements for your operating system.

Additionally, Desktop Client requires:

  • Screen resolution 1024 x 768 or higher for graphical user interface on any supported operating system.


Perpetual or annual (recurring) multi-tiered licensing based on transfer bandwidth capacity. One license per installed client.

Related Products

Point-to-Point Client

Advanced desktop transfer client with support for user accounts, ability to connect to other Point-to-Point clients, and remote control by Aspera Console.

Enterprise Server

Aspera Enterprise Server is a versatile universal server application with a variety of client options (desktop, mobile, embedded), and with support for manual or automated transfers of files and directories. It enables seamless high-speed movement of files and directories across global enterprises, high-volume content ingest and distribution, and replaces FTP/SFTP servers for transfers of large, business-critical data.

Fasp Proxy

Aspera's FASP Proxy enables secure high-speed transfers for client users within highly restrictive network environments.


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Customer Success Stories

  • Fios, Inc.High-speed secure transfers accelerate coast-to-coast eDiscovery
  • Gener8Fast transfers enable collaboration for leading 3D conversion house
  • Trailer Park Enabling marketing clients to submit project materials at maximum speed
  • FOXTEL - Breakthrough workflow automation
  • James Cameron's Avatar - Moving massive visual effects across the world
  • Weta Digital - Enabling global digital visual effects workflows
  • EFILM - Unprecedented turnaround times for worldwide services
  • Codemasters - Accelerating worldwide delivery of game builds

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