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Unsure about FTP, FTPS, and SFTP? Don't worry, you're not alone! This post is your guide to these confusing file transfer protocols.

This simple table outlines their security and typical port numbers.


Classic FTP

  • Plain FTP
  • Clear-text password sent over the network
  • Typically runs over TCP port 21
  • Defined by RFC 959 and 1123



  • Often called 'FTP/SSL'
  • Often called 'Secure FTP'
  • Plain FTP over TLS/SSL channel
  • Password is encrypted
  • Transfer is encrypted
  • Typically runs over TCP port 21 or 990
  • Defined by RFC 959, 1123, 4217 and 2228


SSH File Transfer Protocol

  • SSH File Transfer Protocol
  • Has nothing common with original FTP
  • Often called 'Secure FTP'
  • Password is encrypted
  • Transfer is encrypted
  • Typically runs over TCP port 22

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