How To - Understand the FTP Zibot settings

Summary: The FTP Zibot can be used in a single flow or as part of a multi-step flow. The FTP Zibot is configurable, meaning you could apply different rename settings across your different flows. This document outlines the configurable options you can apply to your FTP Zibot.

Where is the feature setup? The FTP Zibot can be applied inside the Zibot step when creating or amending a Flow (See below).

How does it work?

When you select the FTP Zibot as part of your flow, you will see the following window.
The configurable options inside the FTP Zibot are listed below:

  1. Source file: Ziflow is asking what the input file will be ie. the file you want to be sent via FTP. You have two options.
    File that triggered this flow - this means a file or folder that is moved/changed or created in a certain location is the source file.
    File that is the result of the previous action - this option will become available if you have set up a multi-stage flow. It is basically asking if the input file will be coming from a previous action in the flow.
  2. FTP Details: This is where you enter the FTP details for connection:
    A. Host: Enter the host ftp address typically it should look something like this
    B. Login: This is where you enter your login to the FTP server you are connecting with. If you have not been provided a login try using “anonymous”
    C. Password: Enter the FTP server password (if it has one)
    D. Target Folder: Target folder is where you want the file to be uploaded inside the targets directory eg. /FTP/Files_From_XX
    E. Port: By default, Ziflow will enter Port 21 as that is the standard port allocated to FTP. If your FTP host has provided an alternative port number to use then simply enter it here.
    F. Test Connection: This useful button allows you to check all the FTP details are all correct and establish if Ziflow can reach the FTP destination server. You will either get a green “Success” message or a red “Error” message.

Please Note: The FTP details listed above are standard FTP settings that are required to establish an FTP connection. If you do not have any of the information above and you are getting an error when you test the connection then you will need to find out these settings from the host of the FTP server and ensure they are entered correctly. If you still have issues then please contact Ziflow support who will rule out any issues on the Ziflow end.

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