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How To Enable or Disable Passive FTP mode in Internet Explorer


Passive FTP mode setting in IE

Passive FTP mode setting in Internet Explorer

Passive FTP mode is used by some newer FTP servers on the Internet to better work with firewalls. Microsoft Internet Explorer includes a setting for Passive FTP (sometimes called "PASV") mode. You may need to either enable or disable this setting to allow Internet Explorer to work as an FTP client with a given FTP server. Follow these instructions to make it happen.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: seconds

Here's How:

  1. Open Internet Explorer from the Start Menu or command line.

  2. On the Internet Explorer menu, click Tools to open the Tools menu.

  3. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options... . A new Internet Options window will appear on the screen.

  4. In the Internet Options window, click the Advanced tab.

  5. First, find the setting called Enable folder view for FTP sites (located near the top of the list of settings). Ensure this feature is disabled (unchecked). Passive FTP mode in Internet Explorer will not work unless this feature is disabled.

  6. Next, find the setting called Use Passive FTP (located approximately halfway down in the list of settings).

  7. To enable the Passive FTP feature, set the checkmark in the box next to the Use Passive FTP setting. To disable the feature, clear the checkmark. Alternately set and clear the checkmark by clicking once inside the checkbox.

  8. Click OK or Apply to save the Passive FTP setting.


  1. It is not necessary to reboot your computer to enable or disable Passive FTP.

What You Need

  • Supported version of Microsoft Internet Explorer

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