FTP Explorer Help

Tool Bar Options

Up One Level

This option moves up one directory level, and is only available if a connection is active, and the current directory is not at the root level.

Go To

This button functions in the same manner as the Go To option from the Tools Menu. Use it to enter a path and move directly to the folder or directory specified rather than using the mouse to navigate through the server's directory structure.


Use this option to reload the file listing of the current directory. This option is only available if a connection is active. You may also refresh the current directory by using the Context Menu in the File View Area, or by choosing the Refresh option from the View Menu.


Use the connect button to open the Connection Dialog and make a new connection to a FTP server. If a server is currently attached, connecting to a new server will disconnect from the existing server, and allow you to browse exclusively the new connection. However, any file transfer requests from or to the current connection that have been added to the Transfer Manager will be downloaded or uploaded from the existing connection while you connect and browse the new connection.


Use this button to disconnect from the current server and clear the Tree or "All Folders" and List or "Contents of " windows. Disconnecting from a server will not halt any file transfer requests that have been added to the Transfer Manager, or initiated on the current server.


The Cancel button is only active during connection attempts are being carried out by FTP Explorer. Pressing this button will cancel any connection attempts in progress.

Quick Connect

Like its counterpart in the Tools Menu, the Quick Connect button allows the user to open a dialog to enter the URL to a server without entering all of the server profile information in the Connection Dialog. . This is especially convenient for pasting URL’s from other applications. Quick Connect will attempt to make an anonymous connection to the specified server on the default port (21). If the server does not accept anonymous logins, or connections on the default port, the quick connect will fail, and a server profile must be made in the connection dialog. Syntax for the quick connect is as follows:


If the URL includes a filename, enable the “Download File” option to instruct the program to download the file (the option will only be visible when there is no “/” character at the end of the URL).

Download To

Selecting this option will save the currently highlighted file to a name of your choice. It will queue a transfer request with the Transfer Manager, which will initiate the download of the file from the server, and save it in the directory and as the file name that you choose. This option differs from the "Download" option in that you will be prompted for a local directory and file name to which to save the file. This option is only available when a connection is active and one or more files are selected within the List View or File View area.


This button will queue a transfer request to download the selected file(s) from the server to the default download directory (see the Option Configuration Dialog for more information on download path options).


This button will prompt for one or more files, then queue a transfer request to upload those file(s) from the host to the current directory of the server.

Upload Folder

This option allows you to select an entire folder to be uploaded.

File Delete

This button will queue a command to delete the currently highlighted file(s) provided that your account on the server to which the program is connected permits the deletion. The command will be completed once all commands queued prior to it have been completed.

File Properties

Displays the Properties Dialog to show the properties of the currently selected file. This button is only available if a connection to a server is open, and a file on the server is selected.


This option displays the permissions dialog which allows you to set permissions on the selected file(s).

Show FTP Log

Enable this option to display the FTP Log on the lower portion of the screen. The log displays a listing of all commands sent to the remote server(s), and can be useful for debugging, trouble shooting, or simply to satisfy your curiosity about the FTP connection between your machine and the server(s) to which it is connected.

List View Options

These four options control how FTP Explorer displays the directory listing of files contained on the on the remote server.  See the View Menu for more details on the available display options.

ASCII Transfer Mode

Like the ASCII option in the Tools Menu, if this option is selected, all transfers to or from the remote server will be made in ASCII format. This is necessary for ASCII text files on some servers, but cannot be used for the transfer of binary executables, or files other than those composed strictly of ASCII text. You can specify the file types that should always be transferred with ASCII mode in the File Types tab of the Options Dialog.

Binary Transfer Mode

The Binary option makes FTP Explorer treat all transfers to and from the remote server in a binary format, which is necessary for binary executables, or very generally, for files that are not composed strictly of ASCII text. This feature can be toggled from within the Tools Menu also. You can specify the file types that should always be transferred with ASCII mode in the File Types tab of the Options Dialog. By adding ASCII file types in this dialog, all other files can be transferred in Binary mode without problems.