How to access the SwiFTP server in various environments
This page explains how to use and connect to the SwiFTP server on your Android phone. It assumes you've already downloaded and installed the program.
If you're a resourceful sort of person, you can probably figure everything out just by messing around with SwiFTP. Simplicity is a major design goal, and nothing is very complicated.
Questions can be addressed to the SwiFTP-users group: http://groups.google.com/group/swiftp-users if they're not answered here. I (Dave) monitor this list and usually respond immediately.
Here are rudimentary instructions for those who are familiar with FTP. More detailed instructions with
Modern browsers have at least read-only FTP support. Try punching in your server URL (the "ftp://...." thing) into the address bar of your browser to get read-only access to your files.
If you're running a T-Mobile G1 like I am, you don't have write permissions to much of your filesystem. This is an unfortunate fact of life that has been inflicted on us by T-Mobile for business reasons. Most likely you want to store your stuff in the /sdcard directory. Update: there are ways to get root access on your G1. Google can find the details.
Follow these steps:
Here's a tip from a user named Byron for easy Windows integration:
I easily set up Windows Explorer to show my G1 as a folder. This works on both XP and Vista. Right click on My Computer and select Add a Network Location. I typed in ftp://myusername:email@example.com:2121/sdcard and named it "My G1." When I click on My G1 in Explorer now, it takes me straight to my sdcard without having to enter username and password each time.
Someone please help with this one. Wiki!
The Finder has built in read-only support for FTP. Select "Go → Connect to Server..." or press ⌘K and enter the Server URL as displayed by SwiFTP (e.g., ftp://192.168.1.100:2121/). You'll be prompted for your SwiFTP username and password.
If you need to add or delete files from your device, you'll need a third party FTP client. We recommend Cyberduck (free), but commercial clients like Transmit should work as well. As before, simply point the client to your phone's IP address, and change the port number to match your SwiFTP settings (2121 by default). If you're using Cyberduck, you can just type "Server URL" shown by SwiFTP into the Quick Connect box.