How to Use FireFTP

FireFTP is an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) plugin for Firefox.

This plugin allows you to access FTP file servers on the Internet from within your Firefox browser. Using FireFTP, you can both download and upload files to servers you have permission to access.

Install FireFTP. Go to the first resource (while running Firefox) and click the "Download FireFTP" link. Click "Allow" and "Install Now" when prompted. When the installation finishes, click the "Restart Firefox" button.

Click "Tools" and "FireFTP."

Click "Quick Connect." Under "Host," type in the name of an FTP server. If you are unsure of one, you can use the FTP server for the University of Idaho: mirror.its.uidaho.edu. Select the "Anonymous" box, since you do not have a user account for this server. Alternatively, if you have a username and password, enter them in the appropriate login boxes.

Click "Connect." Your computer's file system will be displayed on the left, and the file system for the server will be displayed on the right. To upload a file, select a file on the left and click the "->" button. This may fail if you lack write permission to the server. Generally, only users with passwords are able to write to a given FTP server. To download, select a file on the right side and click the "<-" button. It will begin transferring to your computer. The log on the bottom of the screen will give you an estimate of how much time remains for the uploads or downloads you have going.

Things You Will Need

  • Firefox

Warnings

  • The FTP protocol operates separately from the HTTP protocol used to power websites. If a server is only configured to serve files over HTTP, then you cannot download them using an FTP client like FireFTP.
  • FireFTP does not support beta versions of Firefox.

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About the Author

Kevin Walker is a computer programmer who decided to take a few years out from the corporate life and see the world. He spent a total of six years living abroad and teaching English in China, Korea and Mexico before returning to his home in Texas. He uses his programming and teaching experience to write easy-to-understand computer tutorials.