Believe it or not, I’ve been getting a lot of query hits lately for instruction to use FTP on Ubuntu Linux. So today I decided to write a simple guide for using FTP in Ubuntu.
How to connect to an FTP Server
Firstly, you should note that you do not need to install anything special in order to connect to ftp server from Ubuntu.
What you need to do is to is to select “Places” menu from Desktop, then select “Connect to Server…”
Then you will see a dialog prompting you to enter ftp connection details. For this exercise we will start off by connecting to a Public FTP Server which does not require user login or password.
Fill in the Server address as ‘ftp.tm.net.my’, and press ‘Connect’. The connection dialog will close and you will notice a new icon (‘ftp.tm.net.my’) on your desktop. Click on the icon and you will be connected to the ‘ftp.tm.net.my’ server.
You will be able to browse the remote files on the server as if those files are inside your computer. Copying and transferring files between your computer and ftp server is as easy as copying files between folders in your own computer.
How to Connect to an FTP server with Username and Password
Use this option if you have access to a private FTP account with username and password. This type of ftp account is usually given to website owners and administrators to publish their website on the internet.
From Desktop, select “Places” menu then “Connect to Server…”. When a dialog appear, select “FTP (with Login)” service type. Fill-in the text box as shown in the screenshot below.
Click connect, a similar icon will appear on the desktop. Click the icon and you will be prompted with your FTP password login. Enter it, and you will be able to browse your remote FTP account from your Ubuntu Linux computer.
That’s it, hope that would help you connect to an FTP server from Ubuntu Linux!