How to Connect to an FTP Server from Windows Explorer (2024)

Author: Konstantinos Tsoukalas ,

Windows offer an easy way to connect to an FTP Server and its FTP Shared folders, by using the Add Network Location wizard. After running the wizard, you 'll be able to easily manage (copy, move, delete, create, rename, etc.) all the contents hosted on the FTP server from Windows Explorer.

The 'Add Network Location' wizard, helps you to add a shortcut to FTP Shares in Windows Explorer, without having to install a third party FTP Client program to access and manage the FTP Server's Shared files.

Keep in mind that, the "Add Network Location" creates only a shortcut to FTP in Windows Explorer and doesn't map assign a drive letter to FTP. In the case that you want to map an FTP Share to a drive letter and make the FTP mapping permanent, then read this guide:How to Assign/Map an FTP Share to a drive letter.

In this tutorial you 'll learn how you can access an FTP Server via Windows Explorer.

How to connect/access FTP by using Windows Explorer.

Before connecting to an FTP server you must know it's hostname (URL or IP address) and of course the required login credentials (if any) to access the shared FTP contents.

To access the shared contents on an FTP Server via Windows Explorer (file explorer), typein the Address bar ftp:// followed by the hostname (or the URL or the IP address) of the FTP Server.

Example: If the FTP Server's IP Address is: "" and the FTP port number is the "54557" then type:


Whenasked, type your credentials (FTP Login name and Password) to connect to the FTP Server. After that you 'll be able to work with the FTP contents as if it was stored locally on your computer.

After completing your work, then close the Explorer window to disconnect from the FTP Server.

The above method is useful if you access the FTP contents rarely, but for everyday usage it is unhandy, because you have to apply the same steps, every time you want to access the FTP server. In that case, it is better to use the Add a Network Location wizard, which is offered byWindows, to add a shortcut to the FTP Shared folder in Windows Explorer (file Explorer). *

* Note: If you want to assign a drive letter to the FTP shared folder and make your life easier, then read this article: How to Assign/Map an FTP Share to a drive letter.

How to Add a Shortcut to an FTP Share in Windows Explorer:

1. Open Windows Explorer.

2. Right click on a blank area and choose Add network location.

3. Click Next twice and at the following screen type the IP Address and the port number of your FTP Server. Click Next when done.

4. Uncheck the Log on anonymously checkbox and then type your FTP User name. Press Next.

5. Leave the default name (or type a different one) for the new connection and press Next.

6. Click Finish to close the wizard.

7. Finally you will be asked to type your credentials.

8. After entering your credentials, the new FTP network location will appear(as a shortcut) in Windows Explorer. *

  • Related article: How to Assign/Map an FTP Share to a drive letter..

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How to Connect to an FTP Server from Windows Explorer (2024)


How to connect to FTP server in Windows Explorer? ›

Once Windows Explorer is up, you should see something similar to the following: Type into the top address bar. Replace username with your cPanel username and with your primary domain name. That should connect you and cause it to prompt you for a password.

How do I connect to a Windows server via FTP? ›

Connecting via the Windows command line
  1. Enter the ftp command. Press “Enter” to confirm the action.
  2. Set the command ftp_hostname.
  3. Enter your username or log in anonymously. To do this, enter Anonymous.
  4. Type in your password. If you are logged in as Anonymous, leave the password field blank. Press “Enter” again.

How do I access FTP from Internet Explorer? ›

  1. Open Internet Explorer and go to Tools > Internet Options.
  2. Under the Advanced tab, select the Enable FTP folder view (outside of Internet Explorer) option, and then click Apply.
  3. After making the changes, the address bar in Windows Explorer can be used to connect to an FTP site as shown below.
Sep 8, 2022

How do I connect to a server from Windows Explorer? ›

How to Connect a PC to a Server
  1. Open File Explorer and select This PC.
  2. Select Map network drive in the toolbar.
  3. Select the Drive drop-down menu and choose a letter to assign to the server.
  4. Fill in the Folder field with the IP address or hostname of the server you want to access.
Sep 7, 2022

How do I connect to my FTP server? ›

Accessing files on the FTP server

To access files on the FTP server, open a file explorer and type ftp://serverIP . The FTP server asks for a username and password. Enter the username and password (Windows or Active Directory credentials) and click Logon . The files and folders display under the FTP server.

How do I allow FTP connection on Windows Server? ›

1: Enable FTP Server

Press the Windows Key + S and begin typing and click on Turn Windows Features On or Off. You can also press the Windows Key + R, type appwiz. cpl and press enter. Scroll down and enable Internet Information Services, then expand FTP Server and check those boxes.

How to access FTP server in Windows 10? ›

On Windows 10 or 8, right-click the Start button or press Windows+X on your keyboard and select “Command Prompt”. On Windows 7, search the Start menu for “Command Prompt”. Type ftp at the prompt and press Enter. The prompt will change to an ftp> prompt.

How to connect FTP server using Command Prompt in Windows? ›

Opening an FTP site
  1. At the command prompt, type the following: ftp ServerName. Note. The prompt changes to ftp>.
  2. Type anonymous when prompted for the user.
  3. Type any password. Note. The anonymous user name is typically used to log on to FTP sites, particularly those that are not set up for users to copy files to.
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How to check FTP connection in Windows? ›

Test an FTP Connection on a Computer Using a Command Prompt to Make Sure Scanning Will Work
  1. Obtain a command prompt. ...
  2. From the Command prompt type: ftp xxx. ...
  3. A connection script will run and if successful a prompt for a user name will be displayed. ...
  4. You will now be prompted for a password.
Jun 3, 2020

How do I access my FTP through my browser? ›

How to use FTP from a browser?
  1. Open your Browser, in our example I'll use Chrome.
  2. In your Address Bar, you can enter: ftp://Host. ...
  3. If you didn't directly use your FTP User and its Password in the URL you will be prompted for them.
  4. Once you login your Browser will load the contents of the FTP account's Directory.

Why can't I access FTP? ›

In some cases, the firewall or anti-virus software blocks the FTP connection. If this is the cause of the connection error, change the settings of your firewall accordingly or temporarily disable the application. Some servers restrict passive FTP transfers.

What is my FTP server IP address? ›

Enter Command: Within the Command Prompt, type nslookup (replace “” with your actual server's name) and press Enter. Retrieve IP Address: The Command Prompt will display your FTP server's IP address next to the term “Address.”

How do I connect to an FTP server using Windows Explorer? ›

To connect to an FTP server, open a File Explorer or Windows Explorer window, click the "This PC" or "Computer". Right-click in the right pane and select "Add a network location". Go through the wizard that appears and select "Choose a custom network location".

How to give FTP access to a folder in Windows? ›

  1. On the taskbar, click Server Manager.
  2. In Server Manager, click the Manage menu, and then click Add Roles and Features.
  3. In the Add Roles and Features wizard, click Next. ...
  4. On the Server Roles page, expand Web Server (IIS), and then select FTP Server. ...
  5. Click Next, and then on the Select features page, click Next again.
May 19, 2022

How do I connect to a Windows server from Windows? ›

Use Microsoft Terminal Services Client (MSTSC) to connect to a Windows server. Start RDC on your on-premises Windows device. On the Windows desktop, press Win+R , enter mstsc , and then click OK. In the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box, click Show Options and configure the Windows server.

How to connect to FTP server Windows Terminal? ›

  1. Click Start, select Run, and then enter cmd to give you a blank c:\> prompt.
  2. Enter ftp .
  3. Enter open .
  4. Enter the IP address or domain that you want to connect to.
  5. Enter your user name and password when prompted.
Oct 11, 2018

How to check the FTP connection in Windows? ›

Testing an FTP Connection
  1. Connect to an FTP server.
  2. Log into the FTP server using your user name and password. It is important to note that some FTP servers allow for an ''anonymous'' sign in.
  3. Find the file you want to send or receive.
  4. Transfer the file.
  5. Quit the program to close the connection.

How to enable FTP server in Windows 11? ›

Creating an FTP Server on Windows 11
  1. Open the Control Panel (Category View) and click on Programs.
  2. Now click on Turn Windows features on or off.
  3. In the window that opens, scroll down to find the feature titled Internet Information Services Hostable Web Core and add a check to the box.
Aug 16, 2023

How to create a shortcut for an FTP folder? ›

To create a shortcut to a local file using the FTP Client

Click the right mouse button to open the context menu. From the context menu, click Create Shortcut to create a shortcut to each of the selected files and folders. The shortcuts are created in the current folder on the PC.


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