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1. What is an FTP server?
2. Why would I want to make one?



1. File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a network protocol used to transfer data from one computer to another through a network, such as the Internet.

FTP is a file transfer protocol for exchanging and manipulating files over any TCP-based computer network. A FTP client may connect to a FTP server to manipulate files on that server. As there are many FTP client and server programs available for different operating systems, FTP is a popular choice for exchanging files independent of the operating systems involved.

2. Say your at a friends / work and you need a file / song / movie from your home computer. Using an FTP server you can access the files on your PC backhome (password / firewall / ports) permitting!
 
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Step 1: Download Filezilla!

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1. Download FileZilla
Select the Server version and continue with installation.

Step 2: Configure Ports FTP server PC!

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1. Configuring ports:
To access your router you will need to know the IP of your router. To find this, you can usually google your brand of router the normal IP is 192.168.1.1 or something along those lines.
In your internet explorer address bar, type the IP address and you will be prompted for a username / password.
To find the defaults for this if they havent be previously changed, you can use this tool: credentials tool
Many people would advise if you have never changed this password, to do so to keep anypeople from accessing your router and changing any settings.
Once in your router, look for a tab with the name of Applications and Gaming / Port Forwarding or something along those lines.

Here, you will need to configure your ports: Here I have included a picture of our routers port settings so you can get a better idea without me attempting to walk you through it!
The Ip address in the field I have included is the IP address of the computer hosting the FTP server.
asarma18 months ago
Beast Wheat2 years ago
I have a problem. When I put my hostname from No-Ip.com , it says


"The server myserver.servegame.com/ needs a username and password."

Any help?
Pulver3 years ago
I have a problem..

I can see in Filezilla Server that someone tries to connect but then it says:

"425 Can't open data connection"
miiwii33 years ago
question about the ftp address...

if i go to 127.0.0.1(which is the server i connected to in filezilla on port 14147) it takes me to the same site (index) as if i go to 192.168.1.68 my ip address. I have a 2wire router and i added an FTP server exception in my router and I also added an exception in all my antivirus's and firewall.

This doesn't seem right because many other people would have the same IP's for ftp as i have right now.
joshblease4 years ago
A good thing to do is to use DynDns to create a link to your ip address. If your ip address keeps changing download their update client to your pc. create a host service and then to access the ftp put the port number at the end of the url staring with a : eg. www.ftpblease.selfip.com:21 this is all free but you must have an ending like i have .selfip.com on mine.
Trainguyxx4 years ago
I've been wanting to start an ftp server just for my local network, but I seem to be having problems settign it up anyway. The offical how to says that I need to set the ip to 127.1.1.20 (or somethign very similar) and 14147 for the port. When I try to connect through filezilla on any computer, it just won't connect. What am I doing wrong?
My router does not have an "Applications and Gaming / Port Forwarding" option, what do i do?
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fwjs285 years ago
for a home installation, setup up a server, then install the filezilla program (not the server) on all of the others and you can connect that way...or you can put it on a flashdrive (portableapps) and do it that way...great instructable....
Krazeecain6 years ago
Actually, I can't get this to work. I had it working for a little while and my friend managed to download a game from my computer, I had to turn off the firewall at that time. I turned it back on now, and it doesn't work anymore, even though I unblocked port 21 and 33333 (my random filezilla port) so I tried turning the firewall back off, BUT it STILL doesn't work!!! Why won't it work for me? (PS: I have a dynamic ip, but it didn't change after this whole fiasco)
you have to go into portforwarding on your router most likely...goto http://portforward.com and select port forwaring, select your router and such and it should give you a tutorial....
Izokay5 years ago
I have it working, but I was wondering if I can get a free website out of this. I know that I can get a URL that I type into my FTP client, but can I get a website for free that operates from my server?
Izokay6 years ago
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oddlyk1 Izokay5 years ago
1. That is not your actual password. It is only there to keep others from seeing how long your real password is.
to the writer: wrote you an email. appreciate your trouble answering back and thanks in advance. kudos!
Izokay6 years ago
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filezilla automatically fills this in for you, the ip (should be by default 127.0.0.1) is an internal ip address that has to do with ftp, don't touch it! the port number is random, you can change it to whatever you want, as long as its forwarded by your router/firewall. the password should have been set by you during the installation (i think), so type in whatever you made the password.
me is me6 years ago
why is my router ip address the same as the one listed? also, another way to find your ip address is to open command prompt and type "ipconfig" without the ""
You have an internal and external IP address. Your internal may be the same as others, as it is inside your own private network. Common internal IP addresses are 192.168.1.1, and 192.168.0.1. Your external IP address is unique, and can be found with a quick google search.