Since a few days ago I've noticed that I can't download files from FTP by clicking the URLs. Yesterday I was told that Chrome has removed FTP support and was suggested to download files via FTP clients. It gets quite annoying. To download a file via any FTP client needs a lot more clicks. Thanks.

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You can install an FTP client that registers to handle ftp:// URL.

For example my WinSCP FTP client does that.

For details, see the article about handling Protocol URL addresses.

If you want to specify a default credentials for a specific FTP server, you can save a site named after the FTP server hostname in WinSCP GUI along with the credentials. See the Handling URL addresses section.

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    Perfect! Thank you! I could have never found this feature by myself. Maybe you could add some hint in the GUI.
    – ElpieKay
    Nov 23, 2020 at 7:26

FTP support in the Chrome browser can be enabled using an experimental (and temporary) flag:

  • Enter chrome://flags in the address bar
  • Type FTP in the search field to find "Enable support for FTP URLs"
  • Set the flag to "Enabled"
  • Restart Chrome.

This flag was supposed to be removed from Chrome 82, but it's still there today in version 87.

When the flag will disappear in the future, Chrome will transfer the link to an FTP client, if one is installed.

  • Are you able to use a non-chrome browser - such as Firefox? Nov 21, 2020 at 16:59
  • Thanks. The flag works great. I wish it would stay forever.
    – ElpieKay
    Nov 23, 2020 at 2:08

I made this convenient ftp proxy tool in glitch.com since all browsers unanonymously decided to kill ftp support. You just append it before the ftp address. http://sofetchpost.glitch.me/ftp://ftp.fau.de/apache/

if the ftp server is not publicly available on the web, you can just fork the project and host it yourself, with whatever network requirements that you need. Hope it helps someone.

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