Happy Birthday: FTP turns 40 today


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File Transfer Protocol (FTP), the standard network protocol used to copy a file from one host to another over a TCP-based network, is 40 years old today. It was originally written by Abhay Bhushan as the RFC 114 specification on April 16, 1971.

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Happy birthday FTP!

Do I still use it today? A decade ago, it was all rave for me, upping all my GIFs, HTML pages, CGI scripts, etc to my personal website's host via FTP. Oh well, in the age of Facebook and Twitter, many wouldn't really care about how to access and download from FTPs. :(


TS Enthusiast
wow thats really old, i wonder if it is the most old technology in the world of computers that is still in use?, well anyway its time to make that prostate exam :p


TS Enthusiast
happy Bday :p

FTP now is for servers/web masters only for easy access and fast file controll

for normal downloads HTTP or FTP it doesn't matter anymore same speed same time same work


TS Enthusiast
There's no way that I'm going to admit how old I was when ftp first came out, let's just say that I also used gopher and mosaic.

Julio Franco

TechSpot Editor
Staff member
I'm not a server expert but I understand that using plain FTP in the open today is overkill due to security reasons. A decade ago the issue didn't seem that imminent but now SFTP or SSH must be used instead.

Per Hansson

TS Server Guru
Staff member
I use FTP to update a small file repository I use when linking stuff online.
I also routinely use FTP when updating or modifying my Dreambox satellite receiver.
I can recommend WinSCP for usage with FTP transfers, it is free and also (obviously) supports the secure SSH file transfer mode SCP which is obviously preferred over FTP for security reasons...


Techspot old timer.....
ah, the late nights with my atari 800xl and a dial up modem using FTP to get games from underground BBS systems.