Mozilla announced that it would remove support for FTP protocol from Firefox. After that, users will not be able to download files through the FTP protocol, or view the contents of FTP links or folders in Firefox browsers.
Software engineers from Mozilla Michal Novotny said the move was for safety reasons,
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The discussion of ending FTP support dates back to 2015, when Google and Mozilla engineers began discussing how to remove FTP from chrome and Firefox browsers. Last August, Google startedRemove FTP support from chrome, removed the ability to access and view FTP links from the browser. Google originally planned to disable FTP by default in chrome 81. When chrome 82 released, it completely deleted the FTP code, but now these publishing plans have been delayed due to the epidemic.
In fact, Mozilla added an option in 2018 to disable FTP support in Firefox, but the flag was never enabled by default.
The default ban on FTP will start with Firefox 77, which is expected to be released in June. At that time, users can still view and download files through FTP, but FTP support must be manually enabled again in preferences on the about: config page.
By 2021, Mozilla will eventually delete all FTP protocol codes in Firefox, and there will be no solution to re enable FTP support. Firefox will completely stop processing FTP content.
Before FTP is completely removed, Firefox users can control FTP support in the following ways: