Using Internet Explorer as FTP client

Internet Explorer isn't very obvious in how one should connect to non-public FTP's.
If the FTP server requires an account name and password or is using a different port number than the default, then one cannot just write the address for the FTP.

It is possible to give login/passwd and port number in the url:


The login and the passwd is separated with a " : ".
There is a " @ " to separate the address from the login and passwd.
The port-number is separated from the address with a " : ".

If only the address is specified, then the Internet Explorer will login as anonymous with no password and connect to port 21.

Note with Internet Explorer 7 the ability to perform ftp upload has been removed, and one instead have to browse the FTP using Windows Explorer.

Related Enable passive FTP mode in Internet Explorer


  1. Mike says:

    Thanks for the info! I was trying to figure out how to FTP through a non-standard port.

  2. Harrysat says:

    Thanks for this helpful tutorial, works in any browser and Windows Explorer, and you even can create hyperlinks and desktop shortcuts with it which gives instant access to a remote ftp server without login in.

    Nice website too!

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