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.

Address Bar

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 to instruct TurboFTP to connect to port 21 of server

Previously visited sites can be accessed via the drop-down list of the Address Bar.

Quick Connect

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 details.


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 | Advanced].

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]