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File transfer is the "transmission of a "computer file through a "communication channel from one computer system to another. Typically, file transfer is mediated by a "communications protocol. In the "history of computing, a large number of "file transfer protocols have been designed for different contexts.


A file transfer protocol is a convention that describes how to transfer files between two computing endpoints. As well as the stream of "bits from a file stored as a single unit in a "file system, some may also send relevant "metadata such as the "filename, file size and "timestamp - and even "file system permissions and "file attributes.

Some examples:

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  1. ^ Prince, Brian. "Should Organizations Retire FTP for Security?". Security Week. Security Week. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
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