The SocketTools File Transfer ActiveX control provides a
simplified interface for uploading and downloading files over the
Internet or an intranet. The control implements the File Transfer
Protocol (FTP) and Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) for
transferring files between the local system and a server.
An application can transfer a file with a single method call,
simply by specifying a URL, without the need to provide the
individual protocol, host, port, file name, and account information.
Alternatively, connection and access information may be supplied
separately, to allow multiple file transfer operations to be
performed in a single server session. In either case, the differences
between the supported protocols are kept to a minimum. Additional
features such as proxy connections are easily implemented by simply
setting a few properties.
The control offers a comprehensive interface that provides
everything needed to incorporate file transfer functionality in an
application, as well as perform remote file management. In addition
to downloading and uploading by file name, URL, and wild card
patterns, a developer may use the control for the creation, listing,
and removal of directories, as well as renaming and removal of files
on the server.
In addition to supporting standard FTP and HTTP connections, the
File Transfer Control also supports secure SSL/TLS and SFTP
connections. By simply setting a few properties, a secure connection
using up to 256-bit AES encryption can be established, providing your
application with the greatest flexibility and highest level of
Secure file transfers are not supported in the
freeware version of this component. For secure connections using TLS
or SSH, you must purchase a development license for the commercial
version of SocketTools.
The SocketTools File Transfer is a self-registering
component compatible with any development tool that supports COM
(Component Object Model) and the ActiveX control specification. If
you are using Visual Basic 6.0 or Visual C++ 6.0, it is required that
you have Service Pack 6 (SP6) installed. It is recommended that you
install all updates for your development tools.
This component is supported on Windows XP and later versions of
the Windows desktop and server platforms. If you are using
Windows XP, you must have Service Pack 3 (SP3) installed as a minimum
requirement. It is recommended that you install the current service
pack and all critical updates available for your version of the
This product includes both 32-bit and 64-bit ActiveX controls.
Native 64-bit CPU support requires the latest 64-bit version of
Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 or later versions of the
Windows operating system.
When you distribute an application that uses this control, you can
either install the file in the same folder as your application
executable or as a shared component in the appropriate system folder.
If you install the control in the system folder, it is important that
you distribute the correct version for the target platform and it
must be registered. If you install the control in the same folder as
your executable, it is recommended that you use registration-free
activation or COM redirection to ensure that the correct version of
the control is loaded by the application.