What Is FTP? File Transfer Protocol- Get The Full Details

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What Is FTP? File Transfer Protocol- Get All Details!


FTP Is a short cut for- File Transfer Protocol- FTP is used to transfer files between computers on a network. You can use FTP to exchange files between computer accounts, transfer files between an account and a desktop computer, or access online software archives. Many FTP sites are heavily used and require several attempts before initiating.

Using FTP-

Graphical FTP Clients:

(GFC)- Graphical FTP clients- simplifies  file transfers by allowing USERS to drag and drop file icons between windows. When a user open the program, and enter the name of the FTP host e.g.ftp.earthlink.com- then a username and password. If the user is logging into an anonymous FTP server, he or she may not have to enter anything.


There are Two common FTP programs that are used extensively

1- Cyberduck (for Mac)

2- WinSCP (for Windows).

And as for a free ride FileZilla is the most used ftp client program

Your Web browser

users can use a web browser to connect to FTP addresses exactly as you would to connect to HTTP addresses. Using a web browser for FTP transfers makes it easy for users to browse large directories and read and retrieve files.

A web browser will also take care of some of the details on connecting to a site and transferring files. While this method is convenient, web browsers are often slower and less reliable and have fewer features than FTP clients.

To use your web browser to connect to an FTP site such as ftp.state.gov, where you normally enter a URL, enter:


Command-line FTP

Operators such as- Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux have a built-in command-line clients; see  For example, to start FTP, at the command-line prompt, enter:

ftp ftp.state.gov/

If connecting to your own account, enter your username and password. If you are connecting to an anonymous FTP site, for your username, enter anonymous. For a password, enter your email address.

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Sam Ammouri


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  • FTP Manager Lite makes moving files simple. It is one of the best free FTP client software. The clean interface is super easy to use. It will perform your files transfers quickly and efficiently. It also supports FXP for superfast server to server transfers. It is perfect for backups or synchronizing servers.

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