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I'm having this fun idea:

Is it possible to first retrieve a big Minecraft server's IP address (by pinging the server's IP address like ping play.cubecraftgames.net) and then when you have retrieved the server's IP address connecting to it using your browser (ftp.'IP address') or using FileZilla with 'anonymous' as username and no password so you can only just read the files?

Or is this not possible so you're not able to take a look at the directory?

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    It is possible only if the server is massively misconfigured.
    – DavidPostill
    May 21, 2016 at 19:31
  • Also, why would you use FTP to the IP adress. Why involve ping at all? ftp play.cubecraftgames.net would have worked just as well.
    – Hennes
    Jul 9, 2016 at 12:16

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No, you cannot. Think of the server IP-address as the physical address of a house. Sure, when you have the address, you can go there, but if you do not have a key, you won't get past the front door.