File Transfer Protocol

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File Transfer Protocol


In the realm of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a network protocol used for transferring files between computers. This protocol provides a set of commands and rules to facilitate efficient and reliable file transmission over the internet.

Use case:

An example use case of FTP in EDI is the exchange of business documents between trading partners. Let’s say Company A wants to transmit an invoice to Company B. By utilizing FTP, Company A can upload the invoice file to their FTP server and then notify Company B about the availability of the file for download. Company B can then access the FTP server and download the invoice file to process it in their own system.

Example Script code:

import ftplib

# Connecting to the FTP server
ftp = ftplib.FTP(“”)
ftp.login(“username”, “password”)

# Uploading a file to the FTP server
file_path = “invoice.pdf”
with open(file_path, “rb”) as file:
ftp.storbinary(“STOR invoice.pdf”, file)

# Downloading a file from the FTP server
download_path = “downloaded_invoice.pdf”
with open(download_path, “wb”) as file:
ftp.retrbinary(“RETR invoice.pdf”, file.write)

# Disconnecting from the FTP server

Best practices:

  1. Ensure that you have proper permissions to access the FTP server and transfer files.
  2. Use secure authentication (SFTP) or encryption (FTP with TLS/SSL) to protect the confidentiality and integrity of data during transfer.
  3. For frequent file transfers, automate the process using scripts or specialized EDI solutions such as the EDIconnect platform.

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