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Google adds a temporary flag to Chrome to allow FTP protocol

Google disclosed plans in 2015 to remove FTP protocol support from Google Chrome's web browser; several other browser vendors, notably Mozilla, have announced plans to remove FTP support from their browsers, Firefox in the case of Mozilla.

Mozilla introduced a preference for Firefox 60 that allowed users to disable FTP support and began blocking FTP resources in Firefox 61.

Google plans to disable FTP support in Chrome 82, which the company plans to release in the second Q20 2020 FTP support will be phased out from the Chrome Web browser; here is the current schedule for removing FTP support:

  • Chrome 79 – FTP support will be disabled in Chrome development versions. A flag has been added to Chrome to allow FTP support to be temporarily supported and Enterprise to provide FTP support control policies.
  • Chrome 80 ̵
    1; FTP support is gradually disabled in stable versions of Chrome.
  • Chrome 82 – FTP support has been removed from the browser. There is no option to re-enable FTP support in Chrome because the FTP code has been removed from the browser.

Chrome will delay processing of FTP URLs to the default application on the system on which it is running; if the FTP client is installed and connected to the FTP protocol, it will be used to open the resource after support is removed from the web browser.

 chrome enable ftp

Chrome users requiring FTP browser support can enable an experimental (and temporary) flag to restore protocol support until Chrome 82 is released

  1. Load chrome: // flags into the browser's address bar.
  2. Search for FTP Activation. [19659005] Set Flag Status Enable FTP URL Support Enabled.
  3. Restart Chrome.

Please note that the flag will be removed from Chrome 82. It states:

Enabling support for FTP URLs

When enabled, the browser will process navigation to ftp: // URLs by displaying a directory list or downloading the resource via FTP. When disabled, the browser has no special processing for ftp: // URLs and by default delays URL processing to the main platform. – Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android

Chrome users (as well as users of other browsers that don't support FTP for a long time) may want to install an FTP client on their systems if they have not yet have done so continue accessing FTP resources. See programs like FTP Rush, WinSCP, or FileZilla.

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  Google adds temporary flag to Chrome to allow FTP protocol

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Google adds temporary flag to Chrome to allow FTP protocol


] Find out how to re-enable FTP support temporarily in the Google Chrome web browser to access FTP resources in the browser.


Martin Brinkman


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