Google Adds Temporary Flag to Chrome to Allow FTP Protocol

Published on November 4, 2019

It’s been four years since Google announced the removal of support for the FTP protocol from the firm’s official web browser Google Chrome. Google revealed its plan way back in 2015. Google is not the only company to have such ambition; several other market leaders like Firefox also stated its intention about such removal. 

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Mozilla has given an option to its customers to disable FTP support in the Firefox 60. Again it started blocking FTP sub-resources in Firefox 61. A recent report claimed that Google is going to do the same in its new Chrome 82. The company is planning to unveil it in the second quarter of 2020. 

The removal of the FTP support will be a gradual process; the current schedule of departure suggests. Here is the full program of FTP support removal. 

Chrome 79: 

This will mark the first step of the FTP removal. The development version will have a disabled FTP option. The flag will be added to chrome for FTP support temporarily. 

Chrome 80: 

The support for FTP will be disabled in a gradual manner in the Chrome stable version. 

Chrome 82: 

The browser will not support FTP. There will be no option to enable the FTP as it is completely removed from the browser. 

How to get FTP support in the Chrome Browser?

The users who want FTP support in their browser, they can enable it in an experimental basis for a short period, until the release of Chrome 82. 

1.    Load chrome://flags in the address bar.

2.    Search for an Enable FTP.

3.    Switch the status of the flag Enable support for FTP URLs to Enabled.

After completing these steps, you required to restart your chrome to get your desired result. 

At max, you can use the feature till the arrival of Chrome 82. The expert predicts Google’s step will increase its dominance in the market further. 




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