FTP (File Transfer Protocol)

What is FTP?

FTP is file transfer protocol, one of many functions of the Internet, in which a user is able to upload files onto a remote computer, and it is especially used in uploading the files and folders of which websites are comprised. At Loyola University, you may want to upload files to an FTP site for backup purposes or convenient access over the web, or you may want to establish your own publically-accessed web site or create a web site for a course project.

Important Information

  • Your website is http://www.loyno.edu/~loginname. Your loginname is the first part of your email address or a specially assigned name for your organization.
  • The file name of your website home page must be index.html and located within the /public_html/ folder in order for it to appear publically.
  • Your FTP username and password is the same as your email username and password.
  • You can NOT log into Loyola FTP from off campus (this is an intended security measure).
  • However, your public website and public files CAN be downloaded off campus.
  • Files and web sites you upload on the FTP server are public so be cautious with personal information and make sure that you abide by university policies governing publically viewable content – see Information Technology’s web site for more details.
  • There is a limit to the size of your FTP site, so please do not upload large files (over 5 MB).
  • There is no “Recycle Bin” for files on your FTP server: once you press delete, files are gone forever.
  • MS Windows Explorer and some other FTP clients are not compatible with Loyola FTP. See connection instructions below for more details.

Microsoft Windows XP, Vista & 7.0

  • Information Technology recommends the use of Core FTP Lite (free software available at download.com) to connect to Loyola FTP via a computer running MS Windows.
  • When you first open Core FTP Lite, the Site Manager appears. You will need to setup your connection details just once. Type in a “Site Name”: whatever you would like to call your FTP connection, such as “My Loyola FTP Site.”
  • Type the following into “Host / IP / URL”: “ftp://www.loyno.edu/~loginname/public_html/”. Replace “loginname” with your Loyola login name (the first part of your email address), but keep the tilde (~) in place. For organizations, your loginname is specially assigned for your organization and does not require a tilde (~)
  • Type in the “Username” which is your Loyola email name or a specially assigned name for your organization.
  • Type in the “Password” which is your Loyola email password or a specially assigned password for your organization.
  • Click connect, and a you will soon see the files and folders within your computer on the left half of the window and the files and folders within your FTP site on the right half of the window. You may drag and drop files, click on files, press delete, and more.
  • Simply close the program to disconnect from Loyola FTP.

Macintosh OS X

  • Click the 'Finder' icon on the Dock.
  • Click 'Go' from the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  • Click 'Connect to Server'.
  • Type in the Address box: "ftp://www.loyno.edu/~loginname/public_html/”. Replace “loginname” with your Loyola login name (the first part of your email address), but keep the tilde (~) in place. For organizations, your loginname is specially assigned for your organization and does not require a tilde (~)
  • Optionally, you may click on the "+" symbol to add this FTP site to the Favorites list below. If not interested, proceed to the next step.
  • Click 'Connect'.
  • Type your user name and password in the appropriate boxes then click 'Log On'. Your username is the name that goes before the @loyno.edu in your email address or is specially assigned for your organization.
  • Click 'OK'.
  • Once logged in, you will see folders, just as if you were browsing your computer, but you will actually be browsing your FTP site. You can copy and paste files between your computer and the FTP site just as you would between different folders on your computer.
  • Close the window within Finder to log off Loyola FTP.