How to Map FTP Drive as Network Location in Windows 10

Once you enable the network discovery, you can access almost any type of network share on Windows. Apart from the regular network shares, you can also access FTP drives directly from the file explorer. For ease of use, you can also map FTP drive in file explorer in Windows 10. Let me show you how.

In case you are wondering, mapping FTP drive is very helpful in your day to day life. For example, you can use apps like Solid Explorer in Android to create a quick local FTP server and access it via Windows File Explorer to transfer files to and from your Android device. Though not as fast as a wired connection, this FTP connection gives a lot of flexibility and most of all, you don’t have to deal with cables or other clumsy programs.

Before proceeding, I assume that you already have the FTP details like FTP address, port number, username, and password. Generally, you can get all these details from your FTP server application or provider.

Map FTP Drive in Windows 10

1. First, make sure the FTP server is running and you have all the details like the username, password, FTP URL, and port number.

2. Once you have the details, open the File Explorer by pressing the Win + E keyboard shortcut. Alternatively, you can also click on the File Explorer icon on the taskbar.

3. In the file explorer, click on the “Computer” option on the top navigation bar and then select “Add a Network Location” option.

Windows 10 map ftp as drive - click add network location

4. Click on the “Next” button in the wizard.

Windows 10 map ftp as drive - click next 1

5. Click “Next” again.

Windows 10 map ftp as drive - click next 2

6. Now, Enter the FTP URL along with its port number separated by :. For instance, my local FTP server address is 192.168.0.101 with port number 8899. So, I entered, ftp://192.168.0.101:8899. Click on the “Next” button to continue.

Windows 10 map ftp as drive - enter ftp url

7. Here, uncheck the “Log on anonymously” checkbox. Enter the FTP username in the blank field and click “Next”.

Windows 10 map ftp as drive - enter frp username

8. Name the new connection. This is the name you will see in the File Explorer under Network Locations section.

Windows 10 map ftp as drive - set ftp drive name

9. Make sure the “Open this network location when I click Finish” option is selected and click the “Finish” button.

Windows 10 map ftp as drive - click finish

10. Windows will now try to access the FTP server. When prompted, type the FTP password, select the “Save Password” checkbox option and click on the “Log on” button.

Windows 10 map ftp as drive - enter ftp password

11. If everything goes perfectly, you will log into the FTP server via File Explorer. From here, you can use it like any other drive.

Windows 10 map ftp as drive - ftp drive added to file explorer

12. If you go to the File Explorer’s “This PC” page, you will see that the FTP connection is mapped as a drive. From now on, you can simply double-click on the mapped FTP drive and access the FTP server as long as it is online.

Windows 10 map ftp as drive - ftp mapped as network drive in file explorer

That is all. It is that simple to add FTP as a network drive in Windows 10.

2 thoughts on “How to Map FTP Drive as Network Location in Windows 10”

    1. Avatar for Bashkarla

      I’ve just tested it on my end and it worked fine.

      That being said, the thing you are saying happened to me once and it resolved itself after some time. Unfortunately, I don’t know the reason why it happened to me.

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