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Published on 02.27.07 by Brent Trahan

Create a Mapped Folder to an FTP Location

This guide shows you how to map a folder to an FTP location in Windows Vista.


Tired of FTPing to your FTP site to access your files? Why not just map a folder to your FTP site and have access to your FTP site just like a local drive on your computer.

This guide shows you how to map a folder to an FTP location in Windows Vista.

Map a Folder to an FTP Location

  1. Click the Start button, and then open Computer.
  2. Click Map Network Drive in the upper right corner of the window.
  3. Click Connect to a website that you can use to store documents and pictures in the Map Network Drive window.


  4. Click Next in the Add Network Location wizard.


  5. Click Choose a Custom Network Location and then click Next.


  6. Type the location of your FTP site and then click Next.


  7. I’m assuming you don’t want to login to this FTP site as anonymous because everyone else would have access to this data also. Uncheck Log On Anonymously and type the username to logon to your FTP site and then click Next.


    Hint: Place a : then your password directly behind your username (example: username:password) and you’ll never have to login with your password.

  8. Give this mapped drive a name and then press Next.


  9. Click Finish and this mapped folder will open for the first time.


  10. A login window will pop up asking your for your password to logon to your FTP site.


    If you want Vista to remember your password and automatically logon to the FTP site when you double-click the mapped folder, check off Save Password. If you don’t check off Save Password you’ll always be asked for your password when browsing this mapped folder. Click Log On when you’re done.

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  1. Morpheus says:

    how do i know what the location of my ftp site is ?

  2. Shannon says:

    Thanks for that, but now how do I reference the newly created ftp folder as a target for say a shortcut or a command line XCOPY?

    It does not seem to like network conventions (\\server\ftpfolder), and “copy as text” gives: ftp://[email protected]/, which nothing likes as a folder target.


  3. Twinj says:

    I found that this was great for accessing via windows explorer but did not work for other programs… Use Netdrive

  4. Murp|e says:

    I’d also like to know if it’s possible to use some standard command line tools like xcopy or robocopy to copy to/from the network drive, that way it would be easy to keep a local folder synchronized with an FTP folder without using specialized tools.

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