Accessing Files on ECN's FTP Server

Purdue's Engineering Computer Network (ECN) provides a service which allows faculty and staff within the College of Engineering and Purdue's Discovery Park to make files available to you, or to receive files from you, via FTP (file transfer protocol).  FTP is especially useful when you need to transfer very large files, or a collection of files, to a colleague over the Internet when it is impractical or not possible to send e-mail attachments.

This document provides general instructions for using file transfer protocol.  Because there are a wide variety of methods to use FTP (such as native point-and-click clients for Windows, Macintosh, and other operating systems, or traditional textual FTP functions via an MS-DOS or Unix command line), we can't provide specific step-by-step instructions for the exact method you use.  If you are not familiar with how to employ the general information provided here, please contact the computer support staff at your location for assistance.

Please note that FTP should not be used for the transfer of proprietary, sensitive, or other restricted information. FTP is not considered a "secure protocol," and this service does not employ SFTP (secure file transfer protocol).

This overview is intended for the people outside of Purdue who will be receiving files from, or sending files to, a Purdue colleague.  (Purdue faculty and staff who work with ECN:  If you need to set up FTP services, please see Using the FTP Server.)

 
 

Downloading Public FTP Files

If your colleague at Purdue has made files available to you which do not require a password to access, follow the instructions in this section.

A1. Launch your FTP client and establish a traditional FTP connection (via port 21, not an SFTP session via port 22) to the following host:

ftp.ecn.purdue.edu

A2. Log in with these credentials:

username:  anonymous

password:  type your e-mail address here (please do not type any actual private password!)

A3. Your Purdue colleague should have provided you with his or her username.  "Change directory" into the directory which matches that name.

A4. Download the file(s) or folder(s) that you'd like to have on your own computer.

Tip for people who use a Windows-based computer:  Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser has FTP functionality built into it.  To access these public files via Internet Explorer, launch the browser and type the following into the "address" field (substituting "username" for your Purdue colleague's actual username):

ftp://ftp.ecn.purdue.edu/username

 


Downloading Private FTP Files

If your colleague at Purdue has made files available which should not be accessible by the general public, he or she will have set up a "private FTP account." Please ask your Purdue colleague to provide you with the "userphrase" necessary to download these files before you follow these instructions.

B1. Launch your FTP client and establish a traditional FTP connection (via port 21, not an SFTP session via port 22) to the following host:

ftp.ecn.purdue.edu

B2. Your Purdue colleague should have provided you with his or her "userphrase". Log in with these credentials:

username:  the "userphrase" you were provided; note that you must type it without errors and that it is case-sensitive (e.g. "PurDUe" and "purdue" are different)

password:  type your e-mail address here (please do not type any actual private password!)

B3. You will be automatically routed into the directory containing the files from your Purdue colleague.  Download the file(s) or folder(s) that you'd like to have on your own computer.

 


Uploading Files via the Web

Your colleague at Purdue might be expecting to receive files from you which are too large to send via e-mail. You may use this service to upload files from your computer to ECN's FTP server. Please ask your Purdue colleague to provide you with the "userphrase" necessary to upload files before you follow these instructions.

You may upload files using our web interface (up to 2.0 GB in size, due to a web software limitation) or using your preferred FTP client (with no inherent file size limitation). Skip to step #D1 below if you prefer to use an FTP client program.

C1. In your web browser, surf to the following address:

https://engineering.purdue.edu/ECN/AnonFTP/upload

C2. Your Purdue colleague should have provided you with his or her "userphrase". Log in with these credentials:

Anonymous userphrase:  the "userphrase" you were provided; note that you must type it without errors and that it is case-sensitive (e.g. "PurDUe" and "purdue" are different)

Your e-mail address: type your e-mail address here (please do not type any actual private password!)

C3. You will be automatically routed into your colleague's upload directory. Use the web interface to upload your files.

 

 


Uploading Files with an FTP Client

You may use an FTP client to upload files from your computer to ECN's FTP server which your Purdue colleague will receive. Please ask your Purdue colleague to provide you with the "userphrase" necessary to upload files before you follow these instructions.

D1. Launch your FTP client and establish a traditional FTP connection (via port 21, not an SFTP session via port 22) to the following host:

ftp.ecn.purdue.edu

D2. Your Purdue colleague should have provided you with his or her "userphrase". Log in with these credentials:

username:  the "userphrase" you were provided; note that you must type it without errors and that it is case-sensitive (e.g. "PurDUe" and "purdue" are different)

password:  type your e-mail address here (please do not type any actual private password!)

You will be automatically routed into your colleague's FTP directory.

D3. Change directory into the "uploads" directory.
 
D4. Upload the file(s) or folder(s) from your computer that you want your Purdue colleague to receive.
 
 

Last modified: 2010/06/16 14:20:1.181000 GMT-4 by john.a.omalley.1
Created: 2008/08/29 10:00:37.691000 GMT-4 by john.a.omalley.1.

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