An FTP client is a software program used to transfer files between two computers using the Internet protocol File Transfer Protocol (FTP). FTP is a standard network protocol designed to transfer files from one computer to another, regardless of the location of the computer systems involved.
How an FTP client works
An FTP client allows users to connect to an FTP server by entering the required credentials such as username, password, and server name. Once connected, users can transfer, delete or rename files and folders from the local computer to the server or vice versa. In the process, the files are usually queued to handle the transfer efficiently.
Advantages of FTP client
- Ease of use: FTP clients offer a user-friendly interface that makes it easy to upload and download files. Users can transfer files by simply dragging and dropping.
- Time saving: The ability to transfer multiple files at once speeds up the upload and download process and saves time.
- Security: Most FTP clients offer encryption to ensure that all transferred data is protected. Additionally, users can control access rights to files and folders.
- Support for different protocols: Some FTP clients allow the use of other transfer protocols such as SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) or FTPS (FTP Secure) for increased security.
Typical application areas of an FTP client