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24 Nov 2009   #1

 
 
FTP integration into Windows Explorer?

Good Evening,

I am looking for a way to integrate FTP/SFTP/SCP functionality into Windows Explorer in a way that will enable me to browse and move files from/to folders as comfortable as if they were local folders.

Does anyone know a program which offers these features?

Awaiting your enlightening replies:
~sahib

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24 Nov 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sahib View Post
Good Evening,

I am looking for a way to integrate FTP/SFTP/SCP functionality into Windows Explorer in a way that will enable me to browse and move files from/to folders as comfortable as if they were local folders.

Does anyone know a program which offers these features?

Awaiting your enlightening replies:
~sahib
Hi sahib and welcome

I am not sure about your 'integrated in IE" statement, but there are many ftp clietns to chose from. they are compared here Comparison of FTP client software - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I hope this helps

Ken J++
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24 Nov 2009   #3

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Microsoft Help
Work with files on an FTP site

If you want to upload files, delete files, or rearrange the folder structure on an FTP site, you need to open the site in Windows Explorer. If you just want to open FTP sites and download files from them, you can use Internet Explorer. Here's how to create a shortcut to an FTP site so that the site will automatically open in Windows Explorer:

To create a shortcut to open an FTP site in Windows Explorer
Click to open Computer.

Right-click anywhere in the folder, and then click Add a Network Location.

This displays the Add Network Connection wizard. Click Next.

In the wizard, select Choose a custom network location, and then click Next.

Enter the name of the FTP site, with the full FTP:// in front of it, and then click Next.

To use a name and password, clear the Log on anonymously check box. Type a user name, and then click Next.

By default, the name of the shortcut is the same as the FTP address. If you want to give the shortcut a different name, type it in the Type a name for this network location box. Click Next.


If you do not want the FTP site to open after you're done setting up the shortcut, clear the Open this network location when I click Finish check box. Click Finish. A shortcut to the FTP site appears in the Computer folder. You can drag that shortcut to your desktop so that it's easy to find later.

Notes
When you first connect to the FTP site, you’ll be prompted for a password. Select the Save password check box if you want Windows to remember that password and connect you directly to the site in the future.

You can open FTP sites in Windows Explorer even if Internet Explorer isn't your default browser.
Hope this helps.

Gary
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24 Nov 2009   #4

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by garysgold View Post
Hope this helps.

Gary
Indeed, that was exactly what I was looking for.

I have to admit that I'm completely flabbergasted, regarding the simplicity of the solution!

Anyhow, thank you very much!

~sahib
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24 Nov 2009   #5

 
 

While the integration into Windows Explorer is seamless, I can't seem to find a way to open remote files with the application of my choice - the Internet Explorer appears to be the default viewer for all file types.

The only workaround is to copy the file to a local folder, which partially defeats the purpose. I have been google'ing for a while now, but either I'm searching the wrong places, or there is just no trick to fix this...
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24 Nov 2009   #6

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Unfortunately, you cannot open a file for editing until you download it to your computer. I don't know of any programs, though some may exist, to accomplish that. I just copy to my computer, make changes and copy back on the rare occasion I do this.
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24 Nov 2009   #7

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by garysgold View Post
Unfortunately, you cannot open a file for editing until you download it to your computer. I don't know of any programs, though some may exist, to accomplish that.
You brought me memories of my IRC and scene/topsite days long ago.

FlashFXP can do this.
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26 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7 x64
 
 
how do you display the folder structure?

I have shortcuts setup in our project folders to the various FTP sites used by our clients, with Target similar to the following:

Code:
C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe /n, /e, ftp://username:password@ftp.cliffordprojects.com/FROM%20CPI
That way whoever's working on the project can access the FTP site easily without having to dig around for passwords. In Windows XP, the shortcut opens a new window showing the specified FTP directory (no password entry needed), and the directory structure showing in the "Folders" Explorer Bar (on the left) - for the above example it would be: Desktop > Internet Explorer > ftp.cliffordprojects.com > FROM CPI.

However, when I open the shortcut in Windows 7, I don't see the folders on the left (though I can still navigate on the right by opening folders, or going "up" - but it makes me feel blind). I've checked both "Show all folders" and "Automatically expand to current folder" in Folder Options. I've tried creating an Internet Explorer shortcut on the desktop (since there wasn't one). I've alsotried adding it to the Favorites (it doesn't show folders below the one added).

Any suggestions? I do NOT want to have to map it to a drive letter just to see the subfolders.
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