Many millions of files are available over the Net via 'FTP'. 'FTP' stands for 'File Transfer Protocol'. Files containing information and software (free and shareware) are to be found on the many thousands of 'anonymous FTP' computers around the world (called 'anonymous' because that's the password that you use when logging in to them).

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Click HERE to find people!Many millions of files are available over the Net via 'FTP'. 'FTP' stands for 'File Transfer Protocol'. Files containing information and software (free and shareware) are to be found on the many thousands of 'anonymous FTP' computers around the world (called 'anonymous' because that's the password that you use when logging in to them).

Don't use the resources on this page if you are looking for software - click here for software resources. And if you are looking for MP3 files, most of the leading search engines listed here allow you to find these.

One of the most useful tools for finding files (if you know the name of the file, or part of the name) used to be "Archie", a system which depends on FTP system administrators registering their sites with Archie computers all over the world. You can use one of two methods to access Archie (although this technology is rapidly getting out of date):

Via the Web: for the nearest Archie server to you, see the list at http://archie.emnet.co.uk/

Using an Archie piece of software. Our recommendation is the freeware program WSArchie (for Windows). This can be downloaded from
ftp://ftp.demon.co.uk/pub/ibmpc/win3/winsock/
apps/wsarchie/
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FTP search engines 

These are now appearing on the Web, and are even easier to use than Archie servers. Here are a few that we've found:

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ArchiePlex
An on-line facility which searches "anonymous FTP sites" - those which hold files available to anyone
http://archie.emnet.co.uk/form.html
Tile.Net
You can browse anonymous FTP sites by country or site name.
http://tile.net/ftp/

AllTheWeb FTP Search
Originally, Lycos partnered with AllTheWeb to brand the FTP search as Lycos' own. Now it's back home! It's good, fast and easy to use.
http://www.alltheweb.com/?cat=ftp&cs=utf-8&l=any&q=
 


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