How to use sFTP/FTP


File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) are two methods that allow users to transfer files over a network. FTP is a standard network protocol used to transfer files from one host to another over the internet, while SFTP is a more secure version that uses encryption to protect data during transmission. In this article, we will discuss how to use FTP and SFTP in a step-by-step manner.

  1. Choose an FTP/SFTP Client

There are numerous FTP and SFTP clients available for various operating systems. Some popular clients include:

  • FileZilla (Windows, macOS, Linux)
  • WinSCP (Windows)
  • Cyberduck (Windows, macOS)
  • Transmit (macOS)

Choose a client that meets your requirements and is compatible with your operating system.

  1. Install and Launch the FTP/SFTP Client

After choosing a client, download and install it on your computer. Once the installation is complete, launch the application.

  1. Connect to the Server

To connect to an FTP or SFTP server, you will need the following details:

  • Hostname or IP address
  • Port number (usually 21 for FTP and 22 for SFTP)
  • Username
  • Password

Enter these details in the appropriate fields in your FTP/SFTP client.

For SFTP, you may also need to provide a private key if the server requires key-based authentication.

  1. Navigate Directories and Transfer Files

Once connected, you will see a dual-pane interface. One side represents your local computer, and the other side represents the remote server.

  • To navigate directories, double-click folders in either pane.
  • To transfer files, drag and drop them between the local and remote panes, or use the upload/download buttons in the client interface.
  • To create, rename, or delete files and folders, right-click on the items and choose the appropriate action from the context menu.
  1. Monitor Transfers

The FTP/SFTP client will display the progress of file transfers, including speed, remaining time, and any errors that may occur. Keep an eye on this information to ensure your transfers are successful.

  1. Disconnect from the Server

After completing your file transfers, it's important to disconnect from the server to free up resources. To do this, locate and click the "Disconnect" button or select the "Disconnect" option from a menu within your FTP/SFTP client.


FTP and SFTP are essential tools for transferring files between computers and servers. By following the steps outlined in this article, EnviroMC users can effectively utilize these protocols to manage their files. Remember to always use SFTP when security is a concern, as it offers encryption and other protective measures not available with standard FTP.