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 –
|Full Form||File Transfer Protocol||Hyper Text Transfer Protocol|
|Port Number||TCP port no 20 and 21||TCP port no 80 and 8080|
|RFC||RFC959, RFC765, RFC1738||RFC2616, RFC7230 and RFC7231|
|Philosophy||Used to transfer files from remote computer after connection is established||Used to transfer web pages from remote server after internet connection is established.|
|Communication||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|
|Applicability||Used to access and transfer files.||HTTP is used to view websites.|
|Client||FTP can be accessed via the command line or a GUI||The common HTTP client is the browser|
|Usage||Used by fewer people||Most widely used|
|Authentication||Requires username and password for authentication||Does not requires username and password for authentication|
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