File Transfer Protocol

  • The protocol for exchanging files over the Internet. FTP works in the same way as HTTP for transferring Web pages from a server to a user’s browser and SMTP for transferring electronic mail across the Internet — in that, like these technologies, FTP uses the Internet’s TCP/IP protocols to enable data transfer.  1
  • An Internet protocol that enables you to transfer files between computers on the Internet.  2  3
  • A protocol used on the internet for exchanging files.  4
  • An Internet protocol to move files from one computer to another.  5


  1. Fenwick & West LLP, FWPS eDiscovery Terminology (11/6/2005). Citing Webopedia Computer Dictionary, http://www.pcwebopedia.com/TERM/F/FTP.html.
  2. Fenwick & West LLP, FWPS eDiscovery Terminology (11/6/2005). Citing Applied Discovery’s Glossary, http://www.nysd.uscourts.gov/courtweb/pdf/D02NYSC/03-04265.PDF#page=24
  3. Kroll Ontrack, Glossary of Termshttp://www.krollontrack.com/glossaryterms
  4. Vinson & Elkins LLP Practice Support, EDD Glossary.
  5. Formerly American Document Management, Glossary of Terms, now 5i Solutions Glossary.
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