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File Transfer Protocol - How FTP Works

Duration: 12mins 05secs
Author: CertBros
Category: Networking

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FTP Tutorial Video - An Explanation of File Transfer Protocol

FTP File Transfer Protocol

This is a short tutorial video on FTP and how it operates. As a web developer or system administrator, it's quite common that you will need to use FTP to transfer files up and down from a file server of some type.

The explanations used in this video will help to familiarise you with how FTP works, the protocol and methods of transfer that FTP uses.  You will be able to understand the difference between FTP, FTPS, SFTP and TFTP.

Some Popular FTP Applications

Here is a list of a few FTP applications that you can use for either your project or computer studies...

  • FIleZilla - FileZilla is a free FTP client that supports standard FTP, FTP over TLS (FTPS) and SFTP.  There is also a pro version that offers additional protocol support for cloud computing platforms.  Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems are supported.
  • Cyberduck - Another great little FTP client that is also free. Available for Mac and Windows. Cyberduck supports FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, OpenStack Swift, Backblaze B2, Microsoft Azure & OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox.
  • WinSCP - WinSCP is a popular client for Microsoft Windows. Copy files between a local computer and remote servers using FTP, FTPS, SCP, SFTP, WebDAV or S3 file transfer protocols.

For more experienced computer users, FTP is also available on the command line.  This type of use may become more common when building applications that require the automation of transferring files.

Video Authorship and Publishing Credits

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