There are two FTP archive download services:
- ftp://ftp.ceda.ac.uk for all the archive.
- ftp://anon-ftp.ceda.ac.uk for a selection of datasets that are anonymously downloadable, with no login.
FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. It has been a standard for transferring files between computer systems since the 1970's. All modern web browsers still support FTP and there are a large number of FTP client apps designed to help bulk transfer of data. Despite its age, the protocol is still used because of its simplicity and convenience.
Search the web for more information on FTP client apps or information on the protocol itself.
FTP is not a secure protocol. We would like to move away from its use but are currently maintaining our service because transferring research data has no intrinsic need for high security and there are still a large number of our users still using it.
Getting started with FTP
There are a number of ways to start using FTP to download our data.
- Standard web browsers: Just type ftp://ftp.ceda.ac.uk into the address bar.
- Find a good FTP app: We recommend Filezilla as a good fully featured FTP client.
- At the command line: An FTP command line client is often bundled with the operating system. Type ftp at the command prompt, and press enter.
- From a script: There are libraries in all major programming languages to use FTP. We have put together a short guide on using FTP within Perl or Python scripts available.