What is an FTP file?

If you are interested in Web development at all, chances are you have come across the term “FTP file.” By definition, this simply implies any file that was uploaded or downloaded using FTP. What is FTP?

FTP is just a fancy acronym for file transfer protocol, which is the standard for moving files around online. (Read more about What does FTP Stand for)

So really, an FTP file can be any type of file, from a graphic to a text file to a compressed zip file, etc. What brings it into the category of being a file for FTP is simply that the file was either uploaded or downloaded using any of the many ways to transfer files using FTP.

For beginners, Web-based FTP is a nice way to access FTP files using just your browser (no downloads required!)

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