File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a commonly used protocol for exchanging (transferring) files over a computer network. The process involves two computers: an FTP server that runs FTP software and listens for connection requests from other computers; and a client computer that runs FTP client software that initiates a connection to the FTP server. The two computers communicate using the TCP/IP protocol.
There are literally dozens of FTP programs available, in different flavors and with different strengths and weaknesses, and users often express strong preferences. Some of the better known and more robust include the following.
External sources of information about FTP
- Basic overview from Wikipedia article∞