FTP Explorer Help

Tools Menu

The Tools Menu contains options to aid in special transfer or connection circumstances while allowing access to several unique features of the program.


This option currently supports fpArchie searches for files on the Internet. The option will not operate properly unless the fpArchie program is installed on the system. This program can usually be obtained at:http://www.euronet.nl/~petert/fpware/When installed properly, FTP Explorer will launch fpArchie, and allow you to search the Internet for specific files of interest. You may then use FTP Explorer to navigate to the sites that contain those files.


Use this option to open the Connection Dialog and either attach to a server, or edit a connection profile. The Connect option may be activated by the Tool Bar button with the same name.

Quick Connect

This option allows you to quickly connect to an FTP server by entering a URL or host name.  If a URL containing a filename is entered, enabling the Download File option causes the file to be downloaded automatically to the default download folder.


The Disconnect option is only available if a server is currently attached. Choosing this option will break the connection from the server, although any pending transfer requests that involve the server will still be carried out in the background. See the Transfer Manager for more information.


Use this option to cancel any connection attempts in progress. There is also a cancel button on the Tool Bar.


The Quote command allows you to enter commands directly to the FTP server.  The available commands vary depending on the type of server, and can usually be determined by logging on to the server with the command line FTP client and using the "remotehelp" command.  FTP Explorer does nothing other than forward the keyed command directly to the server.

Go To

This option allows the user a means to directly enter a directory on the connected server. This feature is particularly useful on large or busy FTP sites. If you know the exact directory that you wish to open, but navigating through the directory structure takes too long, simply enter the path to the directory that you want to enter, and press the OK button. FTP Explorer will jump directly to the chosen directory, and display its contents. The directory tree will automatically check the directory structure, and if all is correct, will display the contents of the chosen directory.


The Remember option is only available if a server connection is active. It places the current directory in the Initial Path field of the connection profile for the server. This will make FTP Explorer automatically start in the current directory the next time the server profile is chosen from the Connection Dialog.


Like the ASCII option on the Tool Bar, 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 file types that are always treated as ASCII in the File Types tab of the Options dialog.


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 the Tool Bar also.


The Import feature allows for the import of existing profile settings from popular FTP programs. Profile settings from, WS_FTP, and Cute FTP are supported at this time. To import the existing profiles, first choose the Import option, then select the type of file that FTP Explorer is to search for from the "Files of type" list. The available options are currently:

WS_FTP (ws_ftp.ini)CuteFTP (tree.dat)

After choosing the type of file to import, select the file that contains the profile settings, (both types of files are contained in the directory with their respective FTP program) and press the "Open" button to start the import process. The import process is speedy, and should take no more than 10 seconds unless importing several dozen entries. FTP Explorer will notify you with a message upon the successful import of the profile entries.

Note: You can only import one file at a time. If you have profiles from more than one file or program, you must import the files separately.