FTP Connection Resource

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FTP Connection Resource

This Resource stores the Server Host, Port, Username, Password and other miscellaneous information about an FTP connection.

Name for connection

This is the user-friendly and recognisable name that you wish to give to the resource.

Server host

This is the hostname or IP address of the remote server.

Server port

This is the port that the FTP server listens on - typically this will be port 21 unless otherwise configured.


This is the username that is used to authenticate Presence when it tries to log on.


This is the password which matches the above username credentials.

Sustained Session?

Enabling this will prevent the FTP client from disconnecting between file operations.

Force local passive mode?

FTP can be run in active mode or passive mode, which controls how the second connection is opened. In active mode the client sends the server the IP address port number that the client will use for the data connection, and the server opens the connection. Passive mode was devised for use where the client is behind a firewall and unable to accept incoming TCP connections. The server sends the client an IP address and port number and the client opens the connection to the server. Both modes were updated in September 1998 to add support for IPv6 and made some other changes to passive mode, making it extended passive mode. Source

Use Secure Shell?

This causes the FTP connection to tunnel through an SSH connection.

FTP over SSH is sometimes referred to as secure FTP; this should not be confused with other methods of securing FTP, such as with SSL/TLS (FTPS). Other methods of transferring files using SSH that are not related to FTP include SFTP and SCP; in each of these, the entire conversation (credentials and data) is always protected by the SSH protocol.

Use Special List Parser

List Parsers are responsible for interpreting the directory listings provided by the FTP server. This is not a standard protocol and so differs between different server vendors (e.g. IIS, iSeries etc).

The List Parsers currently available are:

  • ISeriesFtpFileListParser - for AS400 libraries
  • IISFtpFileListParser - for IIS FTP Servers

For Unix-based FTP servers leave "Use special list reader" unchecked.

As400 ftp browse.png

The AS400 File System viewed with the FTP browser using the ISeriesFtpFileListParser class.

Test Connection

This allows you to test your settings to ensure that the connection is successful.

See Also

Resources > FTP Connection Resource

FTP Connections | Database Resource | SMTP Servers | POP / IMAP Mail Accounts

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