How to Access FTP Servers in Windows’ File Explorer
The Windows file manager–known as File Explorer on Windows 10 and 8, and Windows Explorer on Windows 7–allows you to connect to FTP servers.
To connect to an FTP server, open a File Explorer or Windows Explorer window, click the “This PC” or “Computer”. Right-click in the right pane and select “Add a network location”
Go through the wizard that appears and select “Choose a custom network location”.
In the “Specify the location of your website” dialog, enter the address of the ftp server in the form
For example, Microsoft’s FTP server is ftp.microsoft.com, so we’d enter
ftp://ftp.microsoft.com here if we wanted to connect to that particular server.
If you don’t have a username and password, you can often check the “Log on anonymously” box and sign into the server without a username and password.
If you do have a username and password, enter your username here. The first time you connect to the FTP server, you’ll be prompted to enter your password.
When you’re done, the FTP site will appear under “Network locations” in the This PC or Computer pane. Download files and upload files by copying and pasting them to and from this folder.