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Serv-U Web Client overview

Created by Anthony.Rinaldi_ret, last modified by Nigel on Sep 07, 2017

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The Serv-U Web Client is an HTTP-based file transfer client available for use by all users on a licensed Serv-U File Server. The Web Client is a perfect solution for users and organizations with a need to provide a simple method of transferring a few files between users. Because it uses the HTTP protocol to communicate with Serv-U, the Web Client avoids some of the headaches associated with using the FTP protocol in a secured environment or through the limited support of FTP in today's common web browsers.

The Web Client includes the following features:

  • Share files.
  • Access your files from anywhere using a Graphical User Interface (GUI) from within your browser.
  • Transfer files to and from your file server, including creating and deleting directories.
  • View remote images as thumbnails generated on-the-fly to conserve bandwidth and increase transfer speed.
  • Easily share photo albums using the built-in slideshow feature.
  • Play audio and video files in the built-in media player.
  • Provide access to the file server in eleven different supported languages.

URL login and auto load parameters

In the Web Client you can send login credentials and special load parameters in the URL pointing to the Serv-U File Server. The following list contains the parameters that you can add to the URL:

  • Use the "thumbnail=1" parameter to start the Web Client in thumbnails mode after login.
  • Use the "slideshow=1" parameter to start the Web Client slide show immediately after login.
  • Use the "playlist=1" parameter to play audio files immediately after login to the Web Client.
  • Use the "playmedia=1" parameter to play video files immediately after login to the Web Client.
  • Use the "dir=" parameter to navigate directly to any directory immediately after login to the Web Client.
  • Use the "file=" parameter to download a file located in the directory specified in the "dir=" parameter immediately after login to the Web Client.
  • Use the "sortcol=x" parameter to start the Web Client with files or folders sorted by name (1), size (2), or modification date (3). Replace "x" with the number 1, 2, or 3 which matches the sorting you want.
  • Example URL:

File name search and supported wildcards

In the Web Client you can search for files using the File Search button located under the file list pane. You can use the following wildcards:

  • Use the "*" parameter to search for files when the whole file name is unknown (for example, .*.txt, *SearchPhrase*, *FileName*).
  • Use the "?" parameter when a specific character is unknown in the file name (for example, .????Name.txt, FileName.???).
  • Use the "[]" parameter when a specific character is unknown but should contain one of the specified characters in the brackets (for example, .[fmn]ileName.txt, File[fmn]ame.txt).

The Web Client can be run in today's most popular browsers. The following minimum system requirements must be met to run the Web Client:

  • Must be using one of the following browsers:
    • Firefox - latest and previous version
    • Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 or 11
    • Chrome - latest version
    • Safari 5 or 7
    • Mobile browser (test mobile view)
  • Cookies must be enabled in the browser.
  • JavaScript must be enabled in the browser.

Web Client Pro can be used only with Internet Explorer due to an incompatibility between the browser and the Java browser plug-in.


The Web Client is intended to easily enable basic file transfer functionality on the broadest platform available: the standard browser. However, it is not intended to be a wholesale replacement for a full-featured FTP client. If you are looking for an enterprise level solution that offers a full-featured file transfer client to your users, then FTP Voyager JV is available to meet your needs. With FTP Voyager JV, you still get easy deployment and access configuration of the client through HTTP, but its basis on the Java platform enables the following features that are not available in the Web Client:

  • Concurrently upload multiple files.
  • Download files while an upload is in progress.
  • Download a directory and its entire contents.
  • A traditional Graphical User Interface (GUI) based on the FTP Voyager client.
  • Side-by-side views of the remote and local file systems.
  • Multiple different file system views, for example, list, icons, details, and thumbnails.
  • Maintain original file dates and times after file transfer.
  • Move files and folders between the remote and local file systems.
  • Platform specific display themes to ensure a uniform appearance on the platform of choice.

To enable FTP Voyager JV, you must purchase a supported license for the file server. When it is enabled, FTP Voyager JV is available to all users of the file server that have installed the Java Runtime Environment on their system. For more information about FTP Voyager JV, visit the FTP Voyager JV homepage.

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