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Transferring Files Anonymously to and from an FTP Server

An anonymous FTP connection allows you to transfer files to and from an FTP server without having an account on that server. Therefore, the files on such a server are not secure because anyone who connects to the server can see them. Anonymous FTP servers are often deployed in a public setting to facilitate large file transfers more efficiently. For example, companies may use an FTP server to make large electronic files, such as documents or installers, freely available to customers.

Because AbsoluteFTP's default settings are set for an anonymous connection, using the Quick Connect feature is the easiest way to connect anonymously to an FTP server.

Processing Anonymous File Transfers to and from Your Computer Using AbsoluteFTP

  • Double-click the AbsoluteFTP shortcut on your computer desktop or select AbsoluteFTP from your Start menu. An AbsoluteFTP window will appear containing a Connect window in the foreground and a Local window in the background.

    Connect window/Local window
  • Close the Connect window by clicking the Close button.
  • Open the Quick Connect window by clicking on the Quick Connect icon in the Tool bar (first icon on the left). The Quick Connect window will appear.

    Quick Connect Window|
  • Enter the following information into the Quick Connect window fields:

    Hostname or IP: The full name or IP address of the FTP server to which you wish to connect to (e.g., ftp.dartmouth.edu).
    Directory: The directory on the FTP server that you wish to open upon connecting to the FTP server (optional).

    Enter Hostname or IP, Directory
  • Click OK to connect to the FTP server. A session window will appear, reflecting the contents of the FTP server.

    FTP server
  • Line up your Local window and FTP server window side-by-side. Select Tile Vertically from the Windows menu. The FTP server window will line up on the left, and your Local directory window will move to the right.

    FTP server window/Local directory window

  • Turn off the FTP session log in the FTP server window. Click once in the FTP server window to make it active, then select Log from the View menu. The session log pane at the bottom of the FTP server window will disappear (this makes the window display less confusing).

    Session log pane will disappear

  • Locate the file you wish to transfer to or from the FTP server.
  • Click and drag the file from its source window to the destination window and drop it in the desired folder, if applicable. A Choose Transfer Type window will appear. Click OK to accept the default value.

    Choose Transfer Type Window

    A file transfer window will appear, then disappear; your file will now appear in the destination window (and folder) that you chose.

    Tip: You can drag and drop multiple files simultaneously by selecting all of them (holding down the [Shift] key and clicking the files you wish to transfer), then dragging the files as a group to the desired folder in the destination window.
  • Repeat the drag and drop procedure (see above), if needed, to transfer additional files (see the tip above about transferring multiple files simultaneously).

Last Updated: 9/24/10