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Last Updated:
2020-10-10

FTP to and from Android devices

The FTP protocol for file transfer is mainly used to transfers files to and from web servers, but is also an alternative to SMB Shares on local area networks (LAN). It can also be used for multi media streaming like from Web storage platforms (such as Google Drive and Dropbox). My main interest now has been to explore using FTP on my Android devices, especially on Android TV.
Android TV as FTP Client  - Video 4 min
Android TV as FTP Server - Video 1 min

FTP Servers (local)

On Windows 10 you can install FTP Server by ticking two boxes in Windows features: FTP Server and IIS Management Console. After installation you can chose to allow anonymous login - which I did. Port 21

On Linux you can install "vsftpd". In the config file (/etc/vsftpd.conf) I have the line "local_enable=YES", allowing the Linux users login to the FTP Server using the same password as for Linux. I chose to disable the line "anonymous_enable=YES". Port 21

On Android the ES File Explorer allows making the Android device visible to PC on the same LAN. Port 3721


Windows: FTP Server + Console


Android: View on PC


FTP Clients (Android File Mgrs)

I mainly use the X-plore File Manager. By long pressing you get the context menu allowing edit. The server on Linux demands user and password as shown below, whereas the server on Windows accepts anonymous login - the credentials can be left blank.


FTP on X-Plore

Linux FTP Login
FTP Clients (Android Media Players)

I favour using KODI. After creating source links KODI works very well. KODI is especially useful for streaming videos from the web server FTP One.com. I have not been able to use the FTP protocol with the VLC media player.




KODI Video Sources