FTP (File Transfer Protocol) Server

Document revision:2.6 (June 22, 2007, 15:59 GMT)
Applies to: V3.0

General Information


MikroTik RouterOS implements File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server feature. It is intended to be used for software packages uploading, configuration script exporting and importing procedures, as well as for storing HotSpot servlet pages.


Packages required: system
License required: Level1
Submenu level: /file
Standards and Technologies: FTP (RFC 959)
Hardware usage: Not significant

File Transfer Protocol Server

Submenu level: /file


MikroTik RouterOS has an industry standard FTP server facility. It uses ports 20 and 21 for communication with other hosts on the network.

Uploaded files as well as exported configuration or backup files can be accessed under /file menu. There you can delete unnecessary files from the router.

Authorization for FTP service uses router's system user account names and passwords. The ftp local user policy controls the access rights to the FTP server.

Property Description

contents (text) - file contents (for text files only; size limit - 4kB)

creation-time (read-only: time) - item creation date and time

name (read-only: name) - item name

package-architecture (read-only: [text]) - RouterOS software package target machine architecture (for package files only)

package-build-time (read-only: [date]) - RouterOS software package build time (for package files only)

package-name (read-only: [text]) - RouterOS software package name (for package files only)

package-version (read-only: [text]) - RouterOS software package version number (for package files only)

size (read-only: integer) - package size in bytes

type (read-only: text) - item type. Few file types are recognized by extension: backup, directory, package, script, ssh key, but other files are just marked by their extension (.html file, for example)

Command Description

print - shows a list of files stored
Input Parameters
detail - shows contents of files less that 4kB long
edit [item] contents - offers to edit file's contents with editor
set [item] contents=[content] - sets the file's contents to 'content'