Configuring Windows File Explorer for Passive FTP

If you need to use Passive transfer mode (most common) with an FTP Site in Windows File Explorer, follow these steps.

Configure Windows Internet Options

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Search for and open Internet Options
  3. Select the Advanced tab
  4. In the Browsing section, ensure the Enable FTP folder view (outside of Internet Explorer) box is checked, if not, check it.
  5. Toward the end of the Browsing section, ensure the Use Passive FTP (for firewall and DSL modem compatibility) box is checked, if not, check it.
  6. Click OK
  7. Close the control panel
  8. When you use File Explorer to open an FTP site (e.g. it should be using Passive mode
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