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After 13 years, Firefox has officially removed FireFTP and FireSSH support from the browser.
Thus, I've ended support / development of the addons.
I recommend switching to Waterfox to continue using the addons.
I'm having a hard time connecting!
- Do you have the latest versions of FireFTP and Firefox? The latest version can be found here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/fireftp
- Make sure your username and password are typed in correctly. Passwords are usually cAsE-sEnSiTiVe!
- Are you behind a firewall? Try turning it off temporarily to see if it is the source of your problem. If so, you might have to configure your software to allow FireFTP to access the Internet.
- Does your server allow only active mode? Try turning off 'Passive Mode' in FireFTP under your account's configuration options. This is found on the 'Account Manager' dialog, under the Connection tab. Turning off Passive Mode is also known as Active Mode.
- Do you use a proxy? Try setting the proxy under Tools->Options->Connections.
- Have you been able to connect with other FTP clients? Please check to see if the problem is reproducible with other FTP clients.
- Have you tried connecting to other servers? Please check to see if the problem is only specific to a certain server.
- Have you tried using another computer? If possible, try another computer to see if the problem is the same.
- Are you using a router? Go into your router control panel and turn on port forwarding for ports 20-21 and for the port that your server uses (14147 for FileZilla), then set them to forward to your IP address (usually something like 192.168.1.100).
- If all else fails, you just might have to use an alternative FTP client. I recommend using FileZilla or SmartFTP. Hopefully, I'll be able to resolve your particular issue in future versions.
I can't add accounts - all of my accounts are a gone and I'm seeing an error saying gSiteManager is undefined
Use this tool here to convert your old files into the new format:
Step 1: find your profile folder, here are instructions: http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/profiles-where-firefox-stores-user-data (if you're on a Mac it'll be under: ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles)
Step 2: find the file in your profile folder called fireFTPsites.dat
Step 3: open the file with a text editor and copy/paste the content into here:
Step 4: Click here to download the file!
Step 5: Replace the original file with the one just downloaded.
If you have further issues, email me [email protected] and I'll help further.
I get a 'Secure Connection Failed!' when trying to connect securely to my site!
That being said, sometimes a certificate identifying a site isn't configured correctly for a site. For example, a common way to get to a website is www.mysite.com. However, you can also get to the site usually by going to just mysite.com (without the 'www'). A certificate might be configured to be valid for 'www.mysite.com' but for a website to be correctly configured you would need to get a separate certificate (or ID) for 'mysite.com' - even though really it's the same site, just by a slightly different name. Because getting a certificate is a bit pricey (usually around $100 these days) a lot of websites will go the cheap route and just reuse the same certificate for several sites even though it's not technically correct. This then creates a problem for Firefox in trying to figure out which sites are just misconfigured and which ones are out to get you..
So, when you get a 'Secure Connection Failed!' warning you are given the option to 'Add an exception..' to the rule. But you should only do this if you completely trust the site you are connecting to and/or have verified with the server administrators that this is normal behavior for their servers.
If Firefox says 'No Information Available', you can try adding the 'https://' prefix in front of URL - this seems to fix it usually. Hopefully in the future this will be more automatic.
I'm having problems on my Mac with firewall enabled and using Passive mode!
There are no horizontal scrollbars – I can't see my files!
I'm using a proxy and it's not working!
When using SFTP, it's telling me the server key is unknown when I remember already caching the key.
I don't have permission to view a parent directory of a directory I'm trying to access!
Why is uploading slower than downloading?
When transferring, my files end up corrupt!
I can't see my .htaccess files!
Why can't I download files that have strange/special characters (multi-byte character languages like Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Unicode; e.g. No such file or directory or 550 The system cannot find the file specified)
Why can't I connect with VMS, IBM servers?
Why can't I access network folders?
Why can't my large files (over 2 GB or 4 GB) be transferred?
I can't get it to work on Windows Vista/Windows 7!
'Playing with my FF config, I came across the following setting: network.dns.disableIPv6 . Setting this from its default of 'false' to 'true' allows FireFTP to work on Vista. For those who don't know how to change this, just type about:config into your browser. Find the network.dns.disableIPv6 setting, double-click it and it should change the value from 'false' to 'true'. If it doesn't, you'll just need to type it in (depends on your FF version).'
Another alternative from this thread:
Copy and paste the following into an elevated CMD prompt: netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled
I'm on a Mac - how do I do anything?!
Why don't the timestamps on the files on the server match the dates on my local files?
I'm having various issues on OS/2!
I'm at my rope's end! FireFTP just doesn't seem to work for me because of a bug or another issue.
How do I install FireFTP?
- First of all, you need Firefox to run FireFTP. It was not created as a standalone program, but as an extension to the Firefox browser.
- To install FireFTP, go to https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/fireftp and click on the 'Download FireFTP' link on the main page.
- You need to let the page finish loading in order to click the Install link (do not click on the Stop button). Firefox might display a thin yellow bar at the top saying that it has blocked installation – you will need to click on the button on the far right to add FireFTP to your 'white list' of sites that you approve of.
- Another problem you might experience could be with the download mirrors that the file is being received from. Sometimes the servers go down, so you might have to click on the Install link a couple times to get a mirror that is working.
Where do I get translated versions of FireFTP?
I've downloaded the XPI file. Can I install it manually?One of the following should work:
- Open the file in Firefox using File->Open.
- Drag the file into a Firefox window or tab.
- Drag the file into the Extension Manager.
How do I make a link from the desktop to FireFTP?
In Windows you can create a new shortcut to Firefox, edit its properties by right-clicking on it and tacking on '-chrome chrome://fireftp/content/' (without quotes) to the end of the 'Target' field. So, for a typical Firefox installation the target field would be: 'C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe' -chrome chrome://fireftp/content/
How do I uninstall FireFTP?
What is FTP?
How do I start FireFTP?
Make sure you have successfully restarted Firefox after installation; otherwise FireFTP will not be fully installed.
How do I connect to an FTP server and use FireFTP to transfer files?Perform the following:
- Under the accounts menu, select 'Create an account..'
- Go to the 'Host' field and enter in the name of the server you wish to connect to.
- After that's done, if you wish to logon anonymously, check the Anonymous box. However, most times you will need to enter your login and password as well so enter those in the appropriate fields.
- Click Ok to save the account information and to close the dialog.
- Finally, click the 'Connect' button to make the connection to your site.
Once you've connected, you'll find that the local files are on your left and the remote files are on your right. You can click on a local file and press the arrow pointing to the right to upload a file to the server.
Similarly, you can click on a file on the right side and press the arrow pointing to the left to download a file from the server to your computer.
How do I turn off Passive Mode/turn on Active Mode?
In the Account Manager, select the 'Connection' tab.
Uncheck the 'Passive Mode' option.
Can FireFTP resume downloads?
If in the middle of a download you lose your connection, FireFTP will automatically try to reconnect and resume downloading. After this, you can resume a file just by trying to download it again. FireFTP will notice that you have a partial file already downloaded and will ask you whether you want to resume from where you left off. So when the program asks this, just click 'Resume'.
Try this out on a smaller file and you'll see how it works: begin downloading a file, and while it's downloading click 'Abort'. Then try downloading the same file again, and you'll see that FireFTP gives you the option to Resume from where you left off.
How do I rename a file/make a directory/make symlinks/delete files?
What does Abort do?
I'm just kidding - abort just stops the current file transfer or operation. Not as exciting, I know, but you can at least imagine that it's about to abort something, somewhere in the world - bwahahaha!
What are those weird files that have link icons?
What is that window pane below with all the text that keeps changing?
What does 'Open With' and the 'Add Programs..' do?
So, I right click on my image file, go to Open With->Add Programs.. The associated extension with the file (in this example, '.jpg') will already by listed on the top-left pane. I give my program a name in the Name textbox, in this case, Photoshop. I click 'Browse' and find the Photoshop executable file (on Windows, this is usually under the 'Program Files' folder somewhere). And optionally I can add Arguments, but for most users and most cases it's enough to leave that box alone. Then I hit 'Apply'. I'll then see in the top-right pane that my program is now associated with that extension. In a similar manner, if I want a program to be associated with all extensions and all files I can select '*.*' (which will always be there) and add programs to its list.
Now, when I right click the file again and look under 'Open With', I will have Photoshop as one of the options - I can select that and the file will open up with Photoshop.
For remote files, selecting Open With will download the file and put you into Remote Edit mode. From here you can work on your file, save it, and FireFTP will automatically upload your file when it detects you've modified the file.
For Mac users: When you create a program entry for Safari, for example, you would think the path to the Application is probably: /Applications/Safari.app
and logically so, because when you browse the directory you aren't allowed to go into the Application's hidden contents. However, this is not the correct path. Right-click on an Application and do 'Show Package Contents'. The correct path to the Safari application is actually: /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/MacOS/Safari
Not very intuitive, I realize, for you Mac users out there. Maybe in a future version there will be an easier way to access these hidden Application contents.
What does 'Extract Here' and the 'Extract to Folder' do?
What does 'Copy URL' do?
What does 'FXP' do?
To make FXP work in FireFTP you have to configure an account for the server you are transferring to ahead of time. Also be sure to configure the 'Initial Remote Directory' under the Connection tab of the account's settings. This will tell FireFTP where the file should be transferred to. Then, when connected to the first server, right-click on the file(s) to transfer, go into the FXP menu and select the account you want to transfer to. To view the server you are transferring to you can always open another FireFTP (in another tab) - this way you can look at both servers at the same time.
For more information and to educate yourself about the risks involved in the FXP operation please read the Wikipedia article. Both servers involved with the transfer have to have FXP enabled in order for the operation to work.
What is Category?
What is Passive Mode?
What is IPv6?
What is the Security feature?
Another method that FireFTP has of adding security is SFTP. If this option is available with your server it is highly recommended as it offers the very best in security features.
What is a Private Key?
For l33t users: you can add the private key to the url by doing sftp://username:[email protected]:port/#pkey=<urlencoded-file-path-to-private-key>
For example: sftp://[email protected]/#pkey=%2FUsers%2Fmama%2F.ssh%2Fid_rsa
or: C:ssh-keysmykey should be C:%5Cssh-keys%5Cmykey
What is initial directories?
What is 'Keep directories in sync while navigating'?
What is the 'View on the Web' feature and what do you put in 'Host' and 'Prefix' it to work?The 'View on the Web' feature is primarily designed for web developers so that they can preview images and webpages within FireFTP (using Firefox's latest Canvas technology). It can be found on the 'Account Manager' dialog, under the Advanced tab.
For 'Host' put in the corresponding webhost to your FTP site. For example, if you have:
FTP Host: ftp://ftp.mysite.com
then usually you'll have something like this:
HTTP Host: http://www.mysite.com
As far as 'Prefix' goes, sometimes on your website you'll have some parent folders to wade through until you get to your WWW files. For example, you might have:
So what FireFTP does is it removes this prefix when accessing your file from the web using HTTP.
So, a full example:
|Full FTP Path:||ftp://ftp.cheeseworld.com/public_html/images/cheese.jpg|
|Relative FTP Path:||/public_html/images/cheese.jpg|
|File on HTTP Host:||http://www.cheeseworld.com/images/cheese.jpg|
|Formula:||HTTP Host||+ (Relative FTP Path||- Prefix)|
|= File on HTTP Host|
|Tada!:||http://www.cheeseworld.com||+ (/public_html/images/cheese.jpg||- /public_html)|
What is Timezone Offset?
What is Server Encoding?
What is Notes?
What is 'Save Temporary Account'?
What is 'QuickConnect'?
What are Permissions under Properties?
What is Generate Hashes under Properties?
There are five currently available hashes: MD5, SHA1, SHA256, SHA384, SHA512. They all do basically the same thing - they uniquely identify a file - but they are all different unique methods of doing so and will produce different sets of characters for your file. Use the hash that matches what the place you download the file from uses (it will usually say somewhere what hash they are using; if not, then it's usually MD5)
What does Properties (incl. contents) do?
What is 'Show welcome message'?
What is 'Show error messages'?
What is 'Remember passwords'?
What is 'Cache directory listings'?
What is 'Auto-refresh'?
What is 'Show hidden files'?
What is 'Display number of bytes for file sizes'?
What is 'Start FireFTP in a new window/tab'?
What is 'Configure FTP links in Firefox to automatically use FireFTP'?
An FTP link is setup like this by the way: ftp://username:[email protected]/path/to/something.txt
So in order to not log in anonymously when clicking a link from Firefox the link would need to include your username and password information.
What is the 'Double-click/pressing enter' setting?
What is 'Show log in main window'?
What is 'Show only errors in log'?
What is 'Show debug information'?
What is 'Proxy'?
What is 'Limit ports'?
What is 'Max. simultaneous transfers'?
What is 'Network timeout'?
What is 'Keep connection alive while idle'?
What is 'If disconnect, try to reconnect/Retry Delay/Retry Attempts'?
What is 'Automatic Mode/Binary Mode/ASCII mode/ASCII File Types'?
What is 'Disable timer in overwrite dialog'?
What is 'Don't display overwrite dialog, simply overwrite'?
What is 'Use compression'?
What is 'Keep timestamps in sync'?
What is 'Check integrity of file transfers (XMD5, XSHA1)'?
How does the Search/Filter feature work?FireFTP's search function will allow you to search and filter through your local or remote files to find the files that you need. Select Local or Remote first to pick which side to search through. You can set 'Look in subdirectories' to make the search go through the subdirectories. 'Match case' will make the search case sensitive. 'Regular expression' is an advanced method of searching - you can read the Wikipedia article to find out more. 'Specify dates' will let you do just that.
|You can search for multiple terms by separating them by a space.||e.g. jpg png gif|
|You can exclude items by adding the minus sign in front of the term.||e.g. jpg -cats|
|You can require items by adding the plus sign in front of the term.||e.g. jpg +cats|
|You can put items in quotes so that they aren't treated like separate terms.||e.g. 'cha! said the kitty' +jpg|
To exit Search Mode, click the X on the far left of the search bar or either refresh the directory or visit another directory.
Note: When 'Look in subdirectories' is enabled, some features are disabled (e.g. Cut, Copy, Paste). If a search with 'Look in subdirectories' is performed on the local side, Firefox may seem to become unresponsive - this is because you may have a large number of files that FireFTP has to look through. This apparent freezing issue should hopefully be resolved in future versions of FireFTP.
Another Note/Nuance: Excluded terms (those with a minus sign ('-') in front) also means FireFTP won't look at the contents of directories that match the excluded term. However, required terms (those with a plus sign ('+') in front) means FireFTP will look at the contents of directories regardless of whether that directory matches the required term. The idea is that if you wanted to require a directory you would just start the search from that directory; on the other hand, there are times that you want to exclude a certain directory (perhaps with a very deep structure) and for that you would use the minus sign.
What does 'Sync Directories' do under the Tools menu?
The various buttons available in the 'Change Selection' section will allow you to move checkboxes for a multiple set of files at once to another column of choice.
Finally, once you're ready to begin syncing, just hit the 'Sync' button.
What does 'Sync Directories & Subdirectories' do under the Tools menu?
What does 'Custom' do under the Tools menu?
What does Import/Export do?
How do I view my saved passwords?
How do I make FireFTP more accessible?
Can I use FireFTP as a local file manager?
Can I share files with a friend's computer using FireFTP?
How do I disable downloading of the favicon when connecting?
Can I remotely edit files?
Can I import settings from other FTP clients?
What happened to the converting case feature?
Do you have older versions of FireFTP available? I need it for Firefox 1.0+
How do I view and manually edit the config files?
I would like to translate FireFTP into my language.
Can I have permission to include FireFTP in my magazine/software bundle/freeware CD?
When will FireFTP support SFTP or SSH?
How does the SFTP stuff work?
What's the story behind FireFTP?
What's with the donations? Greedy bastard, stupid adware program! I thought this program was free!!
FTP client software is normally used to connect to FTP servers for transferring files to the remote server. There is quite a lot of free FTP client software available to choose from but one of the most popular, if not the most popular is FileZilla. It is a fully fledged FTP client available in both installer and portable versions and is frequently updated and released under the GPL license which is not just free, but staying that way too.
However there are times when we need to quickly access an FTP server from another computer to upload a file without going through the hassle of downloading, installing, configuring a full FTP client software such as FileZilla and uninstalling the program after we’ve finished using it.
Here are 5 free and easy ways to do it.1. Web Based FTP
Web based FTP is probably the fastest and easiest way for you to connect to your FTP server even if there is a firewall blocking port 21 which is commonly used by an FTP server. There is nothing to download as the web based FTP is able to load on any web browser by just visiting the service’s website.
There are plenty of web based FTP services available online if you search around but you can find the ones we’ve reviewed in this article. The only slight concern in using a web based FTP is the possibility of the FTP username and password being logged by the webmaster that owns the service.
2. Java Based FTP Client
The AnyClient Web Edition is a Java based FTP client that can be loaded from a web browser as well, except it needs to download Java Archive (JAR) files silently in background which will then be run inside the browser. Other than that, it also needs your permission to run or else it won’t load. A very useful feature that you can find in AnyClient is the ability to sync between a local and remote directory, and it supports PGP decryption after downloading.
Before you can start using AnyClient Web Edition, you’ll first need to sign up for a free account and then login to start loading the java based FTP client. Using AnyClient is more secure than the web based FTP that we’ve mentioned above because it connects directly to the FTP server and does not transfer the login information to a third party.
Firefox users are very fortunate because there is a free extension called FireFTP that can connect to FTP/SFTP servers, unlike the sFTP Client and ShiftEdit for Chrome which are both shareware. You would be surprised that an FTP client add-on for Firefox is packed with powerful features such as synchronization, directory comparison, file hash generation and even FXP support to copy files from one FTP server to another.
After installing the FireFTP add-on, you may have trouble finding how to launch the program. You can run FireFTP by either from the menu bar (press F10, go to Tools > Web Developer $gt; FireFTP) or alternatively copy the URL below to the Firefox address bar.
4. Windows Explorer
You can actually access FTP servers using Windows Explorer in the Windows operating system. Simply open any folder or press WIN+E to launch Windows Explorer and type the FTP address format like the one shown below. You can remove the username:[email protected] if you are connecting to a publicly accessible FTP server that accepts anonymous connection.
The FTP URL format above can also be used on web browsers but only limits you to downloading the files from server without upload support. Although Windows Explorer provides a very convenient and easy way to access FTP, it only support very basic operation commands such as download (Copy To Folder), cut, copy, delete and rename.
5. Windows Command Line FTP Client
A small command line FTP client (ftp.exe) at only 41.5KB in size can be found in the WindowsSystem32 folder. This command line FTP client is more suited for intermediate or expert users that require more flexibility and automation for batch files.
To launch the command line FTP client, press WIN+R and type ftp followed by pressing the Enter key. A black colored window will open awaiting for commands. Press the question mark (?) key on your keyboard, hit Enter and a list of available FTP commands will appear. To see the description of the command, insert the question mark key first and followed by the command, for example, ? mkdir. You’ll see that the mkdir command is used to “Make directory on the remote machine”.
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Does anyone know of an ftp client which doesn’t perform a listing on the remote site. The ftp server I’m using takes 5 minutes+ to show a listing. I already know the file I want to get. oh and I’m not going to be able to use the command line ftp client.Reply
It’s worth considering a web-based FTP/SFTP client like Monsta FTP, which you simply install on your website and then access from your browser to manage your files. It’s free to download from monstaftp.com (disclaimer: I’m involved with this project)Reply
Free Ftp Client No Installation
When the file size is over 400MB, it’s not able to download. For upload, it shows up the error and then I need to click “cancel all” bottom and then the file shows up.Reply
While you can use net2ftp via their website, it’s also open source/freely downloadable so you can install it on your own web server to have the convenience of a web-based FTP client without the risk of having your credentials compromised.
You touched on it in another article but I thought it was worth mentioning here too.
Nice site, I hadn’t heard of FireFTP before, looks like it’s worth checking out.Reply