How to Download from FTP

In this tutorial, we will teach you how to download from ftp.

In Windows, you can easily download the contents of ftp site. Your ftp address would either be your domain name or IP address. You would need to contact your web host for both the FTP address and the username and password. In this tutorial, our focus is on downloading files from the ftp server.

Step 1 – Enter ftp address

First of all, go to the start menu and click on computer.

As a result, the computer window will open. In the address bar over there, enter the ftp address which you want to connect with and hit enter.

Insert ftp address

Step 2 – Enter username & password

As a result the authentication window will open up. Over there, type the user name and password of the ftp server. Hit the enter key once you’re done.

Login to ftp server

Step 3 – Copy to folder

With that done, the contents of the ftp server will be displayed. Now right click on any file or folder which you want to download and select the copy to folder option.

Copy to folder option

Step 4 – Set destination folder

As a result, a new window will open where you can select the folder in which you want to download the file. Once you are done, click on the Ok button. This will download the file in the selected folder.

Assign folder for the download


Step 5 – Use winscp

You can also download ftp clients for this purpose as well.

For this tutorial, we will use the winscp application. You can download the application by going to winscp.net and downloading the installation package from its official website.

Once you have the application, go to the start menu and in the search bar, type winscp and then hit enter.

Open winscp

Step 6 – Configuring the WinSCP Session details

Over here, we will first have to configure the settings for connecting to the ftp server.

So head over to the File protocol section and open up the drop down menu. You can see that by default, the SFTP option is selected which stands for SSH or Secure File Transfer Protocol. Both are network protocols but SFTP allows file access and transfer over a data stream while FTP allows exchange of files over the Internet Protocol, also known as the TCP/IP network.

SFTP protocol is encrypted as you can tell by the Private Key Field below. FTP, on the other hand, is not encrypted in most cases and can even be accessed anonymously. When we select the FTP option, you will notice the Anonymous Login option appearing.

Also, when we changed from SFTP to FTP, you will also notice the port number changing from 22 to 21. An FTP client, such as this one, uses these port numbers to define what port the client will be listening to during the connection. Upon receiving of the PORT command, the server establishes a new TCP connection to the client. FTP communications basically use two port number values, one for the commands which is port 21 by default and the other one for sending data which in some cases is port 20. Over here, we will leave it to the default value.

the winscp ftp session details


Step 7 – Entering in the login info for WinSCP

Next, let’s enter the details such as the hostname, username and password. It’s important to note that the hostname of the server might not be the same as your website domain. You should consult your webhosting company to provide you with the details.

Lastly, if we tick on the checkbox titled “Anonymous Login”, it will set both the User name to and Password to anonymous. This way we can access and transfer files anonymously. Let’s disable this option for now and click on the Login button.

typing the login details


Step 8 – Copy file

This will open up the winscp interface window. In the right pane, you will have the contents of your ftp server and in the left pane, you will see the contents of your local system. Now right click on the file which you to download and then select Copy.

Copy file you want to download

Step 9 – Assign directory for the download

As a result, the copy pop up window will open. Over there, edit the location of your local system and then click on copy. In this manner, you can download from ftp clients such as winscp.

And that’s basically it for how to download from ftp.

Assign the folder in which the file should be copied