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Whether you need to manage, download or upload files using SmartFTP, this tutorial covers them all. SmartFTP is a popular FTP client API platform that stands out for its sophisticated features, ease of use, compatibility with Windows systems, security, scripting support, and performance. Because of these features, it’s a top pick for people and companies looking for a dependable and flexible FTP client for their file transfer requirements. (Download the free SmartFTP application.)

This tutorial assumes you already have SmartFTP running on your computer and are connected to a remote server. Should you still need to Configure Your Website in SmartFTP, please refer to the Knowledgebase article as linked.

Steps to Upload Files using SmartFTP

Transferring or uploading files using SmartFTP to a remote server is a simple process. Whether you want to selectively transfer files, batch transfer or upload, no problem, however we would recommend that a backup is done of the directory, folder, files on the remote server prior to any transferal or upload.

1. Select a few files you would like to upload from your Local Drive. (To select multiple files, hold down CTRL on your keyboard and choose the other files.)

Step 1 - Main Window - Upload Files using SmartFTP

2. Click the Upload button.

Step 2 - Upload

The files should be uploaded to the Remote Server and can be viewed here.

Step 3 - Uploaded

How to download a file, first delete a file from your local computer – one that you have just uploaded above.

3. Select the file from the list and click the Delete button.

Step 4 - Deleting

Once the file has now been deleted, you can go ahead and download it from the remote server.

4. Select the recently deleted file name in the remote server view and click Download icon.

Step 5 - Download Icon

The file should be downloaded and can now be viewed on the local drive of your computer.

Step 6 - View Downloaded File

This is the end of the tutorial for transferring, uploading and deleting files between a local host and a remote host’s servers.

Additional Information:

Key Features of SmartFTP

User Interface

With its dual-pane architecture and clear, user-friendly interface, SmartFTP makes it simple for users to switch between local and remote folders. Because of its great degree of customization, users can tailor the layout to suit their needs.

Advanced Features

Numerous sophisticated capabilities are available with SmartFTP, such as scheduled transfers, remote file editing, folder synchronization, and file encryption.

Scripting Support –

Powerful scripting features offered by SmartFTP enable users to use VBScript and JScript to automate file transfer processes. Those who need to execute repetitive procedures or modify file transfer workflows may find this capability especially helpful.


Data security during transmission is ensured by SmartFTP’s support for secure file transfer protocols including SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) and FTPS (FTP over SSL/TLS). For further protection, it also provides functions like SSL certificate management and SSH key authentication.


With its performance optimization, SmartFTP provides fast file transfers and economical system resource usage.

Integration and Compatibility

Users can conduct file transfer operations directly from the Windows file explorer thanks to SmartFTP’s flawless integration with Windows Explorer.

Customer Support

SmartFTP offers a wide range of customer support resources, such as email help, forums, online documentation, and tutorials. Priority support is another benefit available to paying consumers for quicker issue response.

Platform Availability and Portability

Although SmartFTP is mainly compatible with Windows, it also has a portable version that can be used with USB devices. Although it isn’t natively compatible with Linux or macOS, users can still utilize compatibility layers or virtualization tools to run it on these operating systems.

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