Transfer files side to side (FTP server to FTP server).

This tutorial will show you how to transfer files from one FTP to another directly without downloading the files on your local computer. This can be done with FTP client with included FXP support.
We will discuss one of the most popular called FlashFXP. It can be downloaded from http://www.inicom.net

Once you have FlashFXP installed start it and you will see the default look of the program.
In the left there is the local browser showing the content of your hard drive and on the right is the FTP browser view, showing a remote site.
To do FTP to FTP transfers you need to switch the local view to FTP browser view and you will have two remote sites side by side.

Transfer files side to side (FTP server to FTP server).

This can be done by clicking on the Switch to FTP browser button. It is the last button one on the tool bar.
It will be enough to click on it once to switch from local to FTP browser.

Transfer files side to side (FTP server to FTP server).

Then FlashFXP should look like this:

Transfer files side to side (FTP server to FTP server).

When you have two FTP browsers opened you can continue with connecting to the both sites. You use the Site Manager or directly Quick Connect.

For example we created two tutorial sites so in the left we will connect to first and then to the second on the right panel. There is no difference which one will be logged in first.

Transfer files side to side (FTP server to FTP server).

Next step is to connect to the second FTP site on the other side.

Transfer files side to side (FTP server to FTP server).

When you are connected to both sites, it will be like: On the left side is an empty FTP folder and on the right is a site with some files.

Transfer files side to side (FTP server to FTP server).

Now we are ready to transfer the files from site to site, without downloading them first.

This can be done in several different ways.One is to select the files and simply drag them to the other side, or you can drag them to the queue and then press the transfer button.

It looks like a normal transfer then but actually do not download or upload anything.

Transfer files side to side (FTP server to FTP server).

When you start the transfer it looks like this:

Transfer files side to side (FTP server to FTP server).

You will see what is the speed that the file was transferred in and the time remaining, but it will be accurate if the speed remains constant.

Transfer files side to side (FTP server to FTP server).

Finally the transfer is complete and you can return to normal view as pressing the Switch to Local browser button.

Transfer files side to side (FTP server to FTP server).

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Anthony Gee About the Author: Anthony G. is an IT specialist with more than 9 years of solid working experience in the Web Hosting industry. Currently works as server support administrator, involved in consultative discussions about Web Hosting and server administration. One of the first writers in the Onlinehowto.net website, now writing for Free Tutorials community - he is publishing tutorials and articles for the wide public, as well as specific technical solutions.

Comments (2)

  1. George Trichkov says:

    Nice, but how to find out whether the server supports FXP?

  2. Tonny Potter says:

    Well, it depends whether the server was configured with FXP support. The “sure” way is to try the server. Also you may relay on your hosting tech support.

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