Enable or Disable Passive FTP Mode in Internet Explorer

Passive FTP is less secure than active FTP

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Internet Explorer 11 uses passive FTP by default. Passive FTP mode is used by some FTP servers on the internet to better work with firewalls. It is a less secure method of connecting than active FTP. Internet Explorer includes a way to deactivate and activate Passive FTP (PASV) mode. You may need to either enable or disable this setting to allow Internet Explorer to work as an FTP client with a given FTP server.

These instructions govern Internet Explorer since version 6.

How to Activate and Deactivate Passive FTP Mode

  1. Press Win+R and enter inetcpl.cpl in the Run box. When the Internet Properties control panel loads, select the Advanced tab.

    Internet Properties control panel
  2. Find the setting called Enable folder view for FTP sites (outside of Internet Explorer), which is located near the top of the list of settings. Passive FTP mode in Internet Explorer does not work unless this feature is disabled.

    Internet properties
  3. Locate the setting called Use Passive FTP (for firewall and DSL modem compatibility) approximately halfway down the list of settings. To disable the feature, clear the check mark.

    Internet properties
  4. Click OK or Apply to save the Passive FTP setting.

It is not necessary to reboot your computer when you enable or disable passive FTP.