After long warning of the planned withdrawal, Google finally deleted FTP with its latest Chrome 95. The new version of the browser does not carry any code for this functionality, indicating a permanent deletion.
FTP deleted by Google Chrome
Google recently rolled out the latest stable version of Chrome 95 with permanently removed FTP. As Chrome’s roadmap shows, the tech giant has removed the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) feature code, ensuring no support.
Further developing this removal, Google said in its feature update,
The use of FTP in the browser is low enough that it is no longer viable to invest in upgrading the existing FTP client. In addition, more efficient FTP clients are available on all the platforms concerned.
Therefore, the tech giant has continued to roll out incremental changes to deprecate this feature, demonstrating the latest evolution with Chrome 87 to turn off FTP by default. However, it still allowed users to activate it as needed.
Nonetheless, these steps made Chrome an insecure FTP implementation, forcing Google to remove it completely.
The remaining capabilities of Google Chrome’s FTP implementation are limited to viewing a list of directories or downloading a resource over unencrypted connections. We would like to deprecate and remove this remaining functionality rather than maintaining an insecure FTP implementation.
This is not an exclusive decision by Google, however. Due to the underlying security risks associated with FTP, many browsers have taken this approach. One of them is Mozilla which also announced the removal of the FTP implementation with Firefox 90, citing the same security concerns as Google. Likewise, Apple Safari does not yet support FTP.
However, Microsoft has yet to do the same with its Edge browser (which also works on Chromium). But it will probably follow the same in the future.
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