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.
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:
# Connecting to the FTP server
ftp = ftplib.FTP(“ftp.example.com”)
# Disconnecting from the FTP server
- Ensure that you have proper permissions to access the FTP server and transfer files.
- Use secure authentication (SFTP) or encryption (FTP with TLS/SSL) to protect the confidentiality and integrity of data during transfer.
- For frequent file transfers, automate the process using scripts or specialized EDI solutions such as the EDIconnect platform.