File transfer

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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.

Protocols

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:

See also

References

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