How do I send or receive files via anonymous FTP?

If you need to receive files from users outside of the SCF and the files are too large to be transfered by email, you can have them send the file to our anonymous FTP site. There is no hard limit on file size, however you should use your best judgement on acceptable sizes.

Note: After the file has been uploaded, it will be invisible to the uploader. We hide the contents of the incoming folder to protect the recipients.


Web Browser

It is possible to use a web browser as an FTP client. In Internet Explorer on Windows, for example, one would visit the url, and then drag files from the file manager to the Internet Explorer window. With Firefox you must download an extension such as FireFTP to use FTP.

On Mac OS X, within the Finder visit Go -> Connect to Server... (or type Command-K) and enter You can drag your files into the new Finder window. When you are finished, just eject the incoming volume on your desktop.


Here is an example of a command-line FTP session to our site:

$ ftp
Connected to
220 ProFTPD 1.2.10 Server (SCF Anonymous FTP) []
Name ( anonymous
331 Anonymous login ok, send your complete email address as your password.
230-  Welcome, archive user anonymous [at] some [dot] machine [dot] com !
230-  The local time is: Thu Nov 25 10:44:10 2004230-
230-  If have any unusual problems, please report them via e-mail to
230-  .
230-  ============
230-  To upload files, go to the incoming directory by typing 'cd /incoming'
230-  or by going to
230-  Your files will be invisible after uploading them.
230 Anonymous access granted, restrictions apply.
Remote system type is UNIX.
Using binary mode to transfer files.
ftp> cd /incoming
250 CWD command successful
ftp> put MyDataFile
local: MyDataFile
remote: MyDataFile
229 Entering Extended Passive Mode (|||46447|)
150 Opening BINARY mode data connection for MyDataFile
100% |*************************************|  7906      14.81 MB/s    00:00     
226 Transfer complete. 7906 bytes sent in 00:00 (462.09 KB/s)
ftp> quit
221 Goodbye.


Once the file has been uploaded, either you (the recipient) or the remote user must notify manager [at] stat [dot] berkeley [dot] edu so that we can transfer the file to your home directory.