FTP Explorer

FTP Explorer plugin supports FTP/FTPS/FTPEX/SFTP modes. Implements seamless FTP browsing, background loading and saving of files, searching on FTP etc.

After installing FTP Explorer plugin, there are two ways of accessing FTP functionality:

  • Using menu File → FTP.
  • From FTP Explorer pane: menu View → Panes → FTP Explorer.

FTP Explorer PaneStandard way of accessing FTP functionality is by using FTP Explorer pane. There are 5 main parts:

  • FTP Toolbar - with a set of buttons giving access to frequent FTP actions and settings
  • Path Field - indicates current FTP path and can be used for fast navigation to the specific FTP folder
  • FTP Folder Tree - FTP content tree, that by default shows only FTP folders, but can be configured to show files also
  • Filter Field - content filter for File list. You can use here file mask notation to filter files you would like to see or use a predefined set for installed syntaxes
  • File List - by default list of files in current directory, filtered by file mask provided in Filter Field. You can configure it to show folder also.
You can change default visibility of controls in FTP Settings: menu Tools→Options→Plugins→FTP Explorer

FTP Explorer allows you to run full text search on connected FTP site, using same interface/options used for other type of searches in HippoEDIT.

You can call FTP search:

  • From FTP Explorer pane, using appropriate button on FTP Explorer pane toolbar
  • From the main menu Search → Find on FTP
  • Using shortcut, after assigning it to FTP.Find command

Search on FTP

FTP menu

FTP Explorer Global Settings


  • Restore connection on start-up - if set, last open connection will be automatically restored on editor startup
  • Remember Last directory - if set, the plugin will load last active directory on-site connection
  • Follow Active Document - if set, FTP Explorer pane will synchronize current FTP folder with the remote directory of the current file (if currently opened file originated from FTP). Switching to file loaded from a site different from current will trigger re-connect to appropriate FTP site
  • Output connection details - write connection details in FTP Output pane. If not set, only error messages written in FTP Output pane.
  • Fallback to FTP over HTTP - when set, FTP Explorer will automatically fallback to FTP over HTTP mode, in a case of direct FTP connection is impossible. This option can be useful if you use same site profile for connections from networks tunneling Internet request through HTTP proxy (FTP protocol is not tunneled) and networks do not use an HTTP proxy. The option is only available for plain FTP connections.
For the purpose of start-up performance and reducing UI complexity for new users FTP Explorer window open state is not persisted between sessions. But one can achieve this, using a flag for FTP Explorer - “Restore connection on start-up”. If it sets, the window would be reopened.


  • Folder Tree - show folder tree
  • File List - show file list
  • Path Field - show path field
  • Files in folder tree - show files in folder tree. Can be used, if File List is turned off
  • Folder in File List - show folders in file List. Can be used, if Folder Tree is turned off.

Public Key Authentication

Enter here path to private SSH key, used for automatic login to SFTP sites.


Enter here the path to default local directory used as a location for caching remote files. You can use as the direct path as formed using built-in and FTP variables.

Default path is: %UserDir%\FTP\Cache\%FTPUser%@%FTPHost%

Management of FTP sites

Site Profile

General Configuration

FTP Site Profile General Settings

Advanced Configuration

FTP Site Profile Advanced Settings

Command Name Description
FTP.Abort Abort queued FTP operations
FTP.Connect Connect to remote FTP
FTP.CreateFile Creates new remote file
FTP.CreateFolder Creates new remote directory
FTP.Delete Delete remote directory or file
FTP.DownloadFile Download and open file in text editor
FTP.FilePermission Edit remote file permissions
FTP.FileSaveAs Download file and save it under specified name
FTP.Find Call Find in Files dialog for FTP
FTP.ManageSites Manage FTP Sites
FTP.NewSite Create new FTP Site
FTP.Refresh Refresh selected directory
FTP.Rename Rename remote directory or file
FTP.Settings Show FTP Explorer Settings
FTP.SiteSettings Show Site Settings
FTP.Synchronize Synchronize FTP Explorer current directory (folder tree and file list) with directory of active file
FTP.UploadCurrent Upload current file to selected directory
FTP.UploadSelected Upload selected files to remote directory
Example Description
%FTPUser% anonymous current FTP user
%FTPHost% ftp.hippoedit.com current connected FTP site

FTP Explorer plugin is preinstalled within HippoEDIT installation (shall be selected in installation configuration).