May 202008

While Internet Explorer is certainly not the best FTP client, it can still come handy when required. Internet Explorer by default is configured to be an FTP client in Active or Port mode. However, there are instances like a client or server is behind the firewall or when you need to connect in Passive mode.

Here we can see how to change Internet Explorer to connect in Passive mode.


1. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools – Internet Options and select Advanced tab.

2. Under Browsing, clear the check box “Enable folder view for FTP sites”. This is required as keep this box checked will overide the passive option.

3. select the checkbox for “Use Passive FTP (for firewall and DSL modem compatibility)”

4. Click Apply and OK. This should configure Internet Explorer in Passive mode FTP client.

This should do…

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