Upload files as ASCII or binary with FTP
Last updated on: 2021-05-24
Authored by: Rackspace Support
Deciding how you should upload a file depends strictly on the type of file.
The majority of FTP programs have an Auto mode that switches dynamically between ASCII or binary upload modes depending on the type of file. If you use the Auto feature, verify the list of ASCII file extensions of the FTP program. The FTP program uploads any file not included in the list of ASCII extensions in binary mode.
As a general rule when uploading a file, you should transfer in ASCII mode anything you can view with a text editor. Also, upload files such as HTML, ASP, PHP, CGI, and PL in ASCII mode.
Transfer binary files, such as GIF or JPEG images, ZIP files, and executables in binary mode.
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