Here in this blog, we are going to understand the difference between the two i.e. FTP vs HTTP.
HTTP and FTP, both use TCP Protocol for communication.
Comparison Table: FTP vs HTTP
Below table explains FTP and HTTP protocol difference and their applicability in real world –
|File Transfer Protocol
|Hyper Text Transfer Protocol
|TCP port no 20 and 21
|TCP port no 80 and 8080
|RFC959, RFC765, RFC1738
|RFC2616, RFC7230 and RFC7231
|Used to transfer files from remote computer after connection is established
|Used to transfer web pages from remote server after internet connection is established.
|2-way communication system where upload and download of files from client to server can occur.
|1-way communication system where content including pictures and texts can be transferred from server to client.
|Speed of download
|FTP is slower than HTTP
|HTTP is faster than FTP when downloading one big file. HTTP can use parallel chunk download which makes it 6x times faster than FTP
|Used to access and transfer files.
|HTTP is used to view websites.
|FTP can be accessed via the command line or a GUI
|The common HTTP client is the browser
|Used by fewer people
|Most widely used
|Requires username and password for authentication
|Does not requires username and password for authentication
Download the comparison table: FTP vs HTTP
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