How to use WS_FTP

Working WS_FTP

When a computer is connected to the Internet, WS_FTP can connect to any computer that has a valid Internet address and is running an FTP, SFTP, or HTTP server program. After a connection is established, we can upload files and folders to the web server, and download files and folders from the web server.

Using WS_FTP

When connected to a server, WS_FTP displays the contents of your local computer on the left and the contents of the remote server on the right. WS_FTP provides powerful transfer management tools that are easily accessible and customize-able.
The main screen for WS_FTP LE and WS_FTP Professional both show the local and remote file lists in separate, side-by-side views. The WS_FTP Professional main screen includes advanced security and productivity features, some of which are highlighted below.


What do you need to start?

  • Direct Connection
  • Server Address (,
  • FTP User Name
  • FTP Password


           Connection to a specific website (Connection Wizard)









To make a connection to a remote server and transfer a file:

1.  Making the First Connection. When WS_FTP is first opened, the New Connection wizard helps us connect to an FTP, SSH, or HTTP/S server, providing instructions and examples on each screen. The wizard also saves the connection, similar to saving a favorite, so that we can easily re-connect later. (If the wizard is not displayed, from the Connections menu, select New Connection).

2.  Transferring a File. After getting connected to a server, we can transfer files in one of three ways:

    • Transfer Arrows. Select a file, then click the arrow that points away from the pane that file is in to transfer it.
    • Drag and Drop. Click on a file and hold the left mouse button while you drag the file to where you want to transfer it. Select multiple files by holding down the Ctrl key while selecting.
    • Copy and Paste. Right-click on a file and select Copy. Then, right-click where you want to transfer the file and select Paste.

WS_FTP Features (Taken from Ip switch Website)

The basic features of WS_FTP:

  • Connect your PC to a remote FTP site

When you “connect” to an FTP site, WS_FTP sends messages to the FTP site and — if the connection is successful — receives messages back from the site. These messages use the Internet’s File Transfer Protocol.

An FTP site consists of an FTP server program located on an Internet host computer.

Many companies and organizations maintain FTP sites (also known as “FTP servers”). These can be:

    • File repositories from which you can copy files such as free programs and evaluation versions of software. WS_FTP provides a number of popular FTP sites that have already been configured for you.When you connect to an FTP site like this, look for a file called readme, readme.txt, index, or 00index. Such files provide descriptions of the resources available on the site as well as other useful information.
    • File repositories where you can place files for use by others. (For example, a site on which you place your Web site pages for your ISP, or a site on which you place a photograph file for use in an on- line auction.)
  • Browse files and folders on both the FTP site and your PC
  • Copy and move files between your PC and an FTP site
  • Save and organize connection parameters for your favorite FTP sites
  • Resume interrupted file transfers
  • Automatically retry failed transfers
  • Browse remote and local sites with thumbnail view
  • Auto-connect to remote sites on application start-up
  • Display local and remote image files as thumbnails.
  • Find local files and folders that meet certain criteria using the WS_FTP local search utilities

The following advanced features are available in WS_FTP Professional:

  • Make a secure connection (with SSL or SSH) so that all data is encrypted as it is transferred
  • Copy files from one FTP site to another
  • Track and save the folder paths you visit for quick access another time (via work spaces)
  • Perform multiple file transfers using the WS_FTP Transfer Manager
  • Transfer a single file in multiple parts
  • Append a file to another file on the other system (Professional version)
  • Schedule large files for download at a later, non-peak time or schedule regular transfers with the WS_FTP Scheduler Utility
  • Find remote files and folders that meet certain criteria using the WS_FTP remote search utilities
  • Synchronize directory structures between your PC and an FTP site using the WS_FTP Synchronize Utility
  • Synchronize two remote sites
  • Back up files between your file directories and FTP sites
  • Validate that transferred files have not been compromised between the source and destination sites
  • Integrate WS_FTP with your browser for faster downloading of files from the Web
  • Encrypt files during transfer, and in storage using OpenPGP
  • Perform actions (delete, rename, move) on files when the transfer is completed

Creating and using hotdrops

HotDrops are shortcuts to remote directories that you can create anywhere on your local system.  They appear in the Send To > WS_FTP HotDrops menu with the remote directory name.

You can drag files and folders to the icon and drop them. The files and folders will then be automatically uploaded to that site. The Transfer Manager shows the progress of the transfers.

If you double-click on the file, WS_FTP launches and automatically connects to the site and navigates to the local and remote folders that you identify when you set up the hotdrop.

To set up a HotDrop:

1. Connect to a remote site.

2. Navigate to the directory you want to use as your HotDrop destination.

3. Right-mouse click in the remote pane and select Create HotDrop. The Create HotDrop dialog appears.

4. Verify or enter the location of the destination in the Destination Folder box.

5. Enter the local folder WS_FTP opens when you open this hotdrop from the shell.

6. Click OK.

7. Select where we want to save the HotDrop file, and what we want to call it.

8. Click Save.







Operations (Highly recommended for advanced users)


Directory information (Highly recommended for advanced users.)



It gives the complete details about the directories present on the server.



FTP commands can be used for example File permissions


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