FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, is one of the earliest, and still perhaps the best, way of transferring files between computers over the Internet.

With FTP you can see files and folders on the distant computer just as if they were on your own system, download them onto your computer using Konqueror's normal Copy and Paste or Drag n' Drop methods and, if allowed, upload files from your machine to the other computer's filesystem. To try it, type the URL


into the Location Toolbar and press Enter. As long as you are connected to the Internet, and as long as the KDE's FTP site is not too busy, you should end up seeing the /pub/kde folder at ftp://ftp.kde.org/pub/kde/


Although, strictly speaking, FTP URLs should be entered starting with ftp:// and WWW URLs starting with http:// Konqueror is usually smart enough to figure out what is meant, and insert these characters for you if you leave them out.

When you access an FTP site it will usually need some form of username and password from you. To simplify things, most FTP sites that offer files for free downloading will accept the word anonymous as a username and your email address as a password, and to make your life even easier Konqueror will automatically supply these without troubling you.


If you try to access an FTP site that does not need a proper username or password but which is too busy to accept any more connections, Konqueror often interprets the busy message as a request for a name and password and will therefore pop up a dialog box asking you to supply them.

Sites that are more concerned with security will need a proper username and password, in which case Konqueror will ask you for them or you can include the username in the URL you type into the Location Toolbar, as for example


Konqueror will then prompt you for the password.

Konqueror can also support automatic logins as specified in a .netrc file. Details of how to enable this feature are given at https://konqueror.org/faq/#DoesKonquerorsupportautomaticftploginsvianetrcfiles