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Accessing FTP servers from MEPIS

There are a number of FTP clients you can use in MEPIS (see comparison charts here).


Perhaps the most readily available is Konqueror, since it is right there in KDE. To access an FTP server using Konqueror, pull up a window and type this in the address bar:


Of course the <userName> part is optional, if you are accessing a server anonymously you don't need it. Examples:

  • To access "ftp.debian.org" anonymously, type:
  • To access "ftp.mysite.net" as user "myself", type:
  • To add a password, type

Then upload files by dragging and dropping them from another folder.


gFTP comes pre-installed in MEPIS 8.0. The interface shows a twin-panel layout, with the local filesystem on the left and the remote filesystem on the right. Below those panels there is a transfer list and a message log. Beginners should note that the connect button is on the left hand side of the connect information, contrary to what might be expected.

In Mepis 8.5 there is no default FTP client installed. gFTP is available in the ssoftware repositories, though, and may be installed via Synaptic or apt-get. However, the default file manager Dolphin has FTP capabilities.

For more info see: gFTP FAQs

FireFTP add-on to Firefox

FireFTP is an add-on to Firefox whose development lies in the hands of Mime Čuvalo. It is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers. Along with transferring files quickly and efficiently, FireFTP also includes more advanced features such as: directory comparison, syncing directories while navigating, SSL encryption, and file hashing.

FireFTP is activated from the Tools menu, opening a two-pane view. The pane on the left side shows the local file system, the one on the right the remote FTP server. In between there are two buttons with arrows, one for upload and the other for download. To connect to an FTP server, either type in a site name directly or use the Account Manager to remember site-specific settings.

The add-on is available for download here.

FTP Server

If you want to serve files over the Internet or local network you can set up a FTP Server.

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