FTP is the simplest and most secure way to exchange files over the Internet.
A FTP server is an application running on a computer which may also be hosting other server applications like a web server. In fact, using FTP is the easiest way to upload content to a web server. FTP is like a large filing cabinet of files where FTP decides which files to keep locked and which remain public for upload and download access.
A FTP client can be used to access files on a FTP server.
One simple FTP client can be a web browser with a "ftp://..." URL instead of a "http://..." URL.
Downloading files is typically allowed using anonymous logins. Uploading files almost always requires a username and password.
Specialized FTP client software is designed to transfer files back-and-forth between two computers over the Internet. It needs to be installed on your computer and can only be used with a live connection to the Internet.
The classic FTP Client look is a two-pane design. The pane on the left displays the files on your computer and the pane on the right displays the files on the remote computer.
A good free FTP client software package is AceFTP. To set up:
With the FTP server defined, use like this:
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