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FTP with HostExplorer

System requirements: Windows


This page provides instructions on using FTP with HostExplorer software.

How to Get:

These instructions are intended for users running Windows operating system and have Host Explorer already installed. Host Explorer is part of Hummingbird package and is typically installed for faculty/staff use. These instructions assume you have a basic knowledge of what FTP is and are capable of performing "drag and drop".

How to Use:

  1. If you are not on the UTA domain, establish a VPN connection (off campus) or connect via encrypted wireless (on campus).
  2. After a successful default installation, click on Start, Programs, and Hummingbird Connectivity.
  3. Find the HostExplorer folder and click on FTP for Windows Explorer.
  4. When Hummingbird Neighborhood window opens, double-click on New FTP Profile.
  5. When FTP Site Properties window appears enter the following information:
    • Host Address: enter the name of the server to which you wish to connect. If you do not know to which server you need to connect, review the information on the main FTP page.
    • User Name:enter uta\ followed with your NetID
    • Password: leave it blank


  6. Upon clicking OK you will be given the chance to name your new profile. This name will act as a label for an icon that will be created representing your new session. In this example we are assigning a name of This serves as a friendly reminder that next time we double-click on the icon, we will be connected to the specified server with the NetID we specified in the profile.

    Click Save.


  7. Double-click on the newly created FTP profile icon to establish the FTP connection.
  8. When prompted, enter your NetID password. Your password must not be expired. You can verify the validity of your password and/or choose a new password at the Self Service page.

The screenshot below has been highlighted in blue and red. Blue (the left hand side) represents the Local Client or the files stored on your computer. Red (the right hand side) represents the Host or Server.  To transfer files, simply drag the chosen file over from one side to the other.