Using FTP Access with Notepad++

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Learn how to set up an FTP connection with the text editor Notepad++ to edit files directly on the web space.

Since Notepad++ itself does not include any FTP functions, the NppFTP extension must be installed and set up. NppFTP is free and supports encryption via SFTP and FTPS.

Prerequisites

Notepad++ has already been installed on your computer.

Install NppFTP extension

  • Start Notepad++ and click in the menu on Plugins > Plugin Manager > Show Plugin Manager.
  • Select NppFTP.
  • Click on Install.

Alternatively, you can install the extension manually. Further information can be found here.

Create FTP profile

Now create a profile with your FTP access data:

  • Select Plugins > NppFTP > Show NppFTP Window .
  • Click on the gear in the icon bar and select Profile settings.
  • In the Profiles section, click Add new.
  • Enter the desired profile name.
  • Click on OK to create the profile.
  • On the Connection tab, enter the FTP data provided on the FTP Overview page in 1&1 IONOS:
Field Input
Hostname Your FTP server name. For example home123456789.1and1-data.host or access123456789.webspace-data.io
Connection type SFTP (for Linux hosting) or FTPS (for Windows hosting)
Port 22 (for Linux hosting) or 21 (for Windows hosting)
Username Your FTP username. For example u12345678 or u12345678-xxx
Password The password of your FTP user.
Timeout The time interval in seconds after which a connection is terminated if the server does not respond. The default setting is 30 seconds (recommended).
Initial remote directory OPTIONAL: Opens and displays the contents of a specific sub-folder after connecting. Leave blank to show all files and sub-folders in the web space.
  • Click on Close.
  • Connect and Edit

    • Click on the connection icon in the NppFTP menu bar.
    • Select the previously created profile. The FTP connection is now established.
    • You get an overview of the files on your web space and can double-click a file to edit it directly.
    • The file opens in Notepad++ and you can make your changes.
    • Saving the file will automatically uploaded the changes to the web space.

    Please Note:

    The first time a connection is established, the message that the host key is unknown appears. To allow the connection and save the key for future sessions, click Yes.