How do I use CuteFTP?

Step 1: CuteFTP opens with the FTP Site Manager. The first time you log-in to your web site with CuteFTP, click the button to bring-up the Add Host dialog box.

Step 2: Enter your login information in the appropriate fields.

  • The 'Site Label' can be anything you wish to call the site
  • The 'Host Address' is the name of your web site (
  • Enter your assigned User ID and Password. Please note that all of this information is case sensitive, and should be entered exactly as given
  • For the 'Initial Remote Directory', enter public_html (all lower case)
  • The "Initial Local Directory' should be the complete file path to the directory on your computer which contains (or will contain) your web-related files. Click the [Folder Icon] to browse your hard drive for the correct location
  • Leave 'Transfer Type' as Auto-Detect
  • Switch to [Advanced] tab, and check the 'PASV Mode' box. The best way to find out if you need to enable PASV Mode is to leave this option unchecked and try to connect to your web site. If you can login and browse files, then you do not need to enable PASV Mode. In addition, if you have some sort of proxy or firewall server running on your local computer or network, you probably also need to enable 'Use firewall' option.
  • Click [OK] button when you are finished entering the information

Step 3: Make sure you are connected to the Internet. Click on the name of the Site you just added and click on [Connect] button. Please note that next time you use CuteFTP, you can proceed directly to Step 3.

Step 4: After CuteFTP is logged-in, make sure that your main page is called index.html. Double-click a file in the left window to upload (put) a file up to the server, and double-click a file in the right window to download (get) it to your computer.

Next, open up your Web browser and verify your web site is working properly.