Temporary FTP

Temporary FTP is useful for sharing files with others outside the college or university.
Each CAEDM account is allowed a temporary FTP site to share files with other people outside the college or university. FTP sites are available for 7 days with a possible extension for an additional 3 days. Temporary FTP sites are issued a temporary username and password. Temporary usernames and passwords may be given to anyone. There is a limit of one temporary FTP site at a time.

Managing a Temporary FTP

My Temporary FTP is used to manage temporary FTP sites. It contains the username, password and link to access the FTP site as well as creating, extending and deleting FTP sites.

Creating a Temporary FTP

To Create a Temporary FTP:

  • Login to the CAEDM Home Page
  • Under files select My Temporary FTP
  • Click the button named "Create new FTP Site". (Note: It may take up to 5 mins for your FTP to be enabled)
  • You will see that your site has been created but the username and password have not yet been assigned. Refreshing the page will show your FTP username and password.


If the seven day life span is not sufficient, each Temporary FTP site has the option to extend for an additional three days.

To Extend a Temporary FTP:

  • Login to My Temporary FTP
  • Click the "Extend" button next to the temporary FTP site.


To Delete an FTP site:

  • Login to My Temporary FTP
  • Click the "Delete" button next to the temporary FTP site.

Accessing Temporary FTP Sites

Upon creating a temporary FTP site, an email will be sent to the user with the link to the ftp site. It will also contain a username and password for accessing the FTP site. To add files to FTP sites, use a FTP program and login using the temporary username and password.

Warning: Despite still being a clickable link, many browsers are discontinuing support for FTP. Opening the FTP site in a browser like Chrome, Firefox or Edge could lead to issues with being able to upload or download your files.

Using Temporary FTP

FTP can be accessed from an FTP client by using the URL provided in the e-mail you received. (eg. ftp://Flkcbn:KxMiZf%2F2@ftp.et.byu.edu/). From an FTP client, there will be put/get commands to transfer files to and from the FTP site.

Accessing Temporary FTP on Windows

Open Windows Explorer (the file browser) and paste your URL into the bar at the top (eg. ftp://Flkcbn:KxMiZf%2F2@ftp.et.byu.edu/). You can now use the FTP site just as you would a regular folder by copy and pasting files in and out of it.

Alternatively you can use a program like FileZilla.

Once installed, you can enter your username and password for temporary FTP as well as the FTP server (ftp.et.byu.edu) to open a connection. You can then use its file manager to upload and download files.

Accessing Temporary FTP on Linux

For example, to access ftp from a linux terminal type:

     ftp ftp.et.byu.edu

A prompt will appear asking for username and password. Use the username and password provided by the Temporary FTP Manager. This will bring up the ftp prompt which looks like this:


To add files:

  • put FILENAME

To get files:

  • get FILENAME

To see the files in the current directory:

  • ls

To change to a different directory:

  • cd

Other commands and their functions can be found by typing "help" or "help COMMAND".


FTP does not encrypt usernames or passwords which makes hacking FTP site relatively easy. Do not put any personal or sensitive information on a temporary FTP site.