How to use SharePoint as FTP / SFTP server

Jayden Bartram
May 7 · 2 min read

By default SharePoint doesn’t support FTP let alone SFTP. However, there is a simple method to configure SharePoint as an FTP / SFTP server. This involves using Couchdrop which is a virtual file system fabric that sits on top of cloud storage such as SharePoint. It is simple to setup and you can hit the ground running in less than a minute.

Configure SharePoint as FTP / SFTP server steps:

  • Create Couchdrop account
  • Connect your SharePoint account and specify a site
  • Create additional users
  • Connect via SFTP / FTP

Step 1. Create Couchdrop account

Navigate to my.couchdrop.io/register and create a Couchdrop account. No need to worry, Couchdrop provides a 7-day free trial.

how to use ftp with sharepoint
how to use ftp with sharepoint
Create a Couchdrop account

Step 2. Connect SharePoint as your storage

Once in your Couchdrop dashboard head to my.couchdrop.io/manage/storage and connect SharePoint as your storage endpoint. When you’ve connected, simply “Save Storage” then browse to the path you wish to be your FTP / SFTP root.

Connecting SharePoint with Couchdrop

Step 3. Create additional users

You can create additional users who are locked down to specific folders within your SharePoint, you can set granular permissions and lock the user down to certain IP addresses.

User dashboard in Couchdrop

Step 4. Connect via SFTP/FTP

Depending if you are connecting via SFTP or FTP, you can connect using the above created user through the below configuration.

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ftp with sharepoint
Couchdrop SFTP configuration in CyberDuck
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sharepoint sftp / ftp
Connected to SharePoint via Couchdrop SFTP

For more information head to Couchdrop’s website or knowledge base.

Couchdrop

Couchdrop is your cloud SFTP server and virtual file system for the cloud.

Couchdrop

Couchdrop is your cloud SFTP server. It helps you SFTP/FTP, SCP and Rsync directly into your cloud storage. Couchdrop is developer ready and offers a API and webhooks. It works with all widely used cloud storage endpoints, such as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Wasabi, S3, etc.

Jayden Bartram

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CEO of Movebot and Couchdrop. Also have a strong passion to help businesses and people optimise and grow — jbconsulting.co.nz for more.

Couchdrop

Couchdrop is your cloud SFTP server. It helps you SFTP/FTP, SCP and Rsync directly into your cloud storage. Couchdrop is developer ready and offers a API and webhooks. It works with all widely used cloud storage endpoints, such as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Wasabi, S3, etc.