HTTP File Transfer

What Does HTTP File Transfer Mean?

An HTTP file transfer is the process of transferring a file between multiple nodes/devices using the HTTP protocol, or more generally, the Internet.


It is one of the most commonly used methods for sending, receiving or exchanging data and files over the Internet or a TCP/IP-based network.

Techopedia Explains HTTP File Transfer

HTTP file transfer is typically enabled and managed through a web browser. The browser is responsible for initiating and managing an HTTP connection between the sending and receiving device using HTTP commands. Once the connection is established, the files can be transmitted between devices. A common example of HTTP file transfer is the process of viewing webpages, where HTTP fetches web pages from the remote web server and displays them on the local computer’s browser.

A variant of HTTP file transfer is the HTTPS file transfer that adds encryption and security to the data transmission process.


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