Browsers drop ftp support - I got bushwhacked.

Google search turned up a link for network card drivers, clicked on it in Brave - nothing happened. Hmm. fiddled for a few, somethings corrupted I think. Next time, Brave asked me if I wanted to open Chrome. Really? Something bizarre is gong on here...

OK, well, I want that driver, and didn't want to fire up a ftp client.

Hmmm, lets try Edge - worked.

So then I have to read up and discover that all chromium based browsers are dropping - or have dropped - ftp because of "security risks".

Anyway, long story short, found and downloaded a Brave standalone installer from last year, and ftp is working again.

PS: Also started "Services" in Win10 and disabled the two Brave update entries.

Blaw !!!


  • Browser support for FTP has always been kind of meh anyway. Much better to use another client that supports it better.
  • I use ftp clients regularly. Using google search, it was handy for me in finding likely named files, then browse up and down the ftp servers directories.

    If I found something of note, fire up the ftp client. Browsing is just...faster.

    Anyway, just going to roll back the browsers and lock them down.
  • I would just live with it.

    Most FTP sites I know shut down a few years ago and are now 100% HTTP anyways
  • They want to build everything including multiple kitchen sinks in to "modern" web browsers, yet they can't be arsed to support one dinky little transfer protocol. What a world.
  • Lots of ftp sites "out there". I use a browser and google to "search" for a particular scronky old file. Sometimes, it turns up a match on an ftp site. I want to have a look-see before actually downloading, so I stay in the browser and do just that. If the file date/timestamps matter, I fire up an ftp client. If its just a zip or two, I may fetch it in the browser.

    I've been doing this for decades, and I know it works well for me.
    PS: bandwidth, connection stability have vastly improved over the last decade under http. There once was a time, even a 1 meg file via http was questionable. Not so any more.

    Last night I found - via a browser and Google - a retail install of PowerDesk Utilies 1.0, a retail PowerDesk 98 3.0 and its 3.03 update.

    Not a bad nights work. (thumbs up)
  • palemoon browser still has ftp support as I'm using the latest version to access the Adobe FTP site (
    along with the Seamonkey browser suite:
  • Got busted again this weekend trying to download updates for 20 year old software via browser links on old discussion forums.

    Download Firefox build 87(about the last build to support ftp).

    Then blocked updates using attached *.reg file. This "we know what's best for you shiite" is starting to irritate me.
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