Connect to an FTP Server
Several different ways can be used to make a connection to an FTP server.
FTP Connection Wizard
The step-by-step guidance of the Connection Wizard [Connect|Connection Wizard]
will help you make connection to an FTP server. For more details refer to
topic FTP Connection Wizard.
The Address Bar offers the easiest way to connect to a new FTP server. Simply
type (or paste from the clipboard) the server address in its edit box and
press Enter or the Go button, and the connection attempt will be launched.
Fig. Address Bar
Standard FTP URL format is recognized:
ftp://[user ID:password@]<host name>[:port]/[path name/]
The leading "ftp://" can be omitted. The port number will be defaulted
to 21. If the server uses a different port, you can simply enter a colon
followed by the port number at the end of the server address. For example,
you enter ftp.myftpserver.com:2121 to instruct TurboFTP to connect to port
21 of server ftp.myftpserver.com.
Previously visited sites can be accessed via the drop-down list of the Address
Click the Quick Connect button on the Toolbar, enter server address,
userID and password in the Quick Connect dialog box. Press the OK button
when done to connect. Once connected with this server, you can save the
profile to the Site Address Book using menu [Connect|Save Current Site].
Refer topic Quick Connect for more
Fig. Quick Connect Dialog
FTP Site Address Book
For servers that you access frequently, it is recommended to use the FTP
Site Address Book (use tool bar button or use menu [Connect|Address Book]).
Make a new site profile in the Address Book and provide necessary details
of it. The Address Book allows you to maintain your favorite sites with
a tree view (i.e. you can organize them with folders you define). You can
even drag and drop to reposition a site or a folder.
Tip: You can configure TurboFTP to automatically open the
Quick Connect dialog or the Address Book each time it is started. Go to
[Options | General | Start With] to make the choice.
Recently Visited Sites
Hit the Reconnect button on the toolbar and you can see the list of recently
visited sites from the drop-down menu, from which you can select the one
you want to reconnect.
The Connect menu also maintains a list of recently visited servers.
Fig. Using the Reconnect Toolbar Button
Tips: You can specify number of recently visited site in [Options
Clipboard FTP URL Detection
TurboFTP can monitor the clipboard for FTP URL. To enable this feature,
select [Options | Advanced | Monitor clipboard for URL]. For more information,
refer to the topic FTP
URL Clipboard Monitoring. You can also drag an FTP URL link from a Web
page in your browser and drop it in TurboFTP's main window.
Connect to a Secure FTP Server
TurboFTP supports secure FTP over SSL/TLS. When used with a secure FTP server,
it offers a high level of connection authenticity, data integrity and industrial
strength 128-bit information encryption, based on the industrial standard
SSL (Secure Socket Layer)/TLS(Transport Layer Security), thus provides reliable
a secure file transfer capability over an insecure network.
Before you establish an secure FTP connection, you need to specify [Secure
Connection Type] in [Advanced Site Settings | Security] tab. Select implicit
SSL, explicit encryption (AUTH SSL) or explicit encryption (AUTH TLS). In
explicit encryption the FTP client needs to send an explicit command ( i.e.
"AUTH SSL" or "AUTH TLS") to FTP server to initiate
a secure control connection; while in implicit encryption the client establishes
secure control connection upon connection with the server. Often the server
port for implicit SSL is 990. Ask the server administrator or ISP for information
on which secure connection type or secure server port you should use.
Some secure FTP server requires authentication using a client certificate.
In this case, you should have been given your own certificate, which includes
a certificate file and private key file. Check the checkbox "Use SSL/TLS
client certificate" and supply the key file locations. If the private
key file is encrypted, supply the password as well.
Fig. Secure Connection Type in [Advanced Site Settings | Security]