The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a standard network protocol used to transfer computer files from one host to another host over the Internet. The most common way to transfer files from your computer to your web hosting server and vice versa is using an FTP client whether it’s web based or downloadable. Using FTP has never been easy for Linux users. You can do with your web server what you can do with your hard disk. Things like file browsing, drag-drop, copy-paste, etc.
We are going to use Ubuntu to do the tutorial but this is applicable to any Linux based system.
Let’s get started:
1. Open the terminal window using the application launcher or by clicking Ctrl+Alt+T:
2. In the terminal window you can use your favorite file manager. Here, we are using the default Ubuntu file manager which is called Nautilus.
Replace the username with the username for your FTP server and ftp.server.com with the URL for your FTP server. If you are using SFTP, you can replace ftp with sftp. If you can connect anonymously you can remove the username@ part.
3. The file manager will display this dialog box asking for the password if there is any. Type it and go on.
4. Congratulations, now you are connected to your hosting server via FTP. You can copy, cut and paste file from your hard disk to your server, drag and drop files and folders on the server or do whatever you want smoothly and easily.
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