How to Download and Upload Files between your Seedbox and Local Computer

Once you have bought a seedbox server for yourself and are just getting started with it, your first concern would be how you are going to upload files to your seedbox or download the files from it. Well, when you are using your seedbox for torrenting, the uploads and downloads are done remotely and don’t require any input as such from your end.

However, when you are uploading a file from your local desktop to your seedbox server or vice versa, you will need to be careful to maintain your privacy otherwise the whole purpose of owning a seedbox becomes useless.

Thankfully, the seedbox allows you to download your files using an FTP client so your files can be downloaded securely and without compromising your identity. In this article, we will be covering the two popular methods of downloading/uploading files between your seedbox and local desktop.

What is FTPS (explicit FTP over TLS)?

FTPS is a file transfer protocol that uses a Secure Socket Layer (SSL), aka TLS, to allow you to connect securely with other severs to transfer data. With FTPS transfer, you first need to authenticate the connection using a username and password or a certificate or both.

When you are connecting to an FTPS server, it will first check if the server’s certificate is trusted or not. Once the server is verified, it will open a port in your network connection and transfer the files while ensuring the encryption of your data.

When you use an FTPS method, it protects the privacy of your file transfer so that neither the ISP nor anyone else can see what files are being transferred. Apart from that, it keeps your credentials secure too and encrypts the traffic.

What is SFTP?

An SFTP or secure file transfer protocol is similar to the FTPS method but offers an additional level of security. This type of file transfer method ensures that your files are encrypted while being transferred and also encrypts the authentication information so that no hacker can access it and hack your files.

Another thing that makes an SFTP transfer a better option is that it only uses a single port for uploading/downloading files from your seedbox, unlike an FTPS transfer that opens multiple ports for the same. As a result, it is a tad bit safer to use SFTP to download/upload files from your seedbox.

Which Client to Use?

Although there are many FTP clients available in the market, Filezilla is the best default client for making FTPs and sFTP connections because it is supported by all operating systems like Windows, Linux, OSX, and so on.

You can follow the below steps to download Filezilla client on your platform and set up it for file transfers.

  1. Go to the official webpage of Filezilla at
  2. Next, click on the ‘Download’ link under the Quick Links section.
  3. Under the Filezilla Client section, click on the ‘Download Page’ link and you will be taken to the download page.
  4. Here, click on the ‘Show additional download options’ link to see all the download options available for different platforms. Click on the link that matches your platform setting.

Once the file is installed, you simply need to install it on your operating system and it will be ready to use for secure file transfers.

How to Log in to Your Seedbox Using FTPs

Once you have downloaded the FTP client, follow the below steps to log in to your seedbox using the FTPs connection method and download/upload files.

Step 1: Get your FTP credentials from your Seedbox

You first need to go to your Seedbox Client area and then find the credentials for the FTP connection on the Credentials page.

Note down the FTP credentials so that you can enter into Filezilla later.

Step 2: Enter the FTP credentials in your Filezilla client

After getting the FTP credentials, you need to launch your Filezilla client. Then follow the below steps to set up your FTPs connection:

  1. Navigate to the File menu and then select the Site Manager menu option. In Site Manager, you can add multiple FTP connections and you don’t need to remember credentials to log in every time.
  2. Click on the ‘New Site’ option and then enter the following details to create a new FTP connection in the General Settings section:-
    Host: Enter your Seedbox IP here
    Port: Leave the port blank
    Protocol: FTP – File Transfer Protocol
    Encryption: Require explicit FTP over TLS
    Logon Type: Normal
    Username: Enter the username that you noted from seedbox credentials
    Password: Enter the password that you noted from seedbox credentials
  3. Click on the Transfer Settings tab and check the ‘Limit number of simultaneous connections’ and set the value of ‘Maximum number of connections’ to 10. With this setting, you will be able to download multiple files concurrently.
  4. After entering all the details, click on the ‘Ok’ button to save the settings.

Step 3: Log in to your Seedbox server using FTPs

Now, you can use the Quickconnect method or you can go to File – Site Manager – FTPs Connection and then click on the ‘Connect’ button to connect to your seedbox via FTPs. You can now successfully upload or download files using the FTPs connection.

How to Log in to Your Seedbox Using SFTP

Similar to the process of setting up an FTPs connection to your seedbox, you need to download the FTP client and then follow the below steps:

Step 1: Get your FTP credentials from your Seedbox

Go to your Seedbox Client Area – Credentials page and then note down the FTP account credentials along with the port number mentioned.

Step 2: Enter the FTP credentials in your Filezilla client

Once you have the FTP credentials ready, follow the below steps to create an sFTP connection to your seedbox.

  1. Launch the Filezilla client and then click on File – Site Manager to add a new site/connection.
  2. Click on the ‘New Site’ button to create a new sFTP connection. Enter the following details in the General Settings tab:
    Host: Enter your Seedbox IP
    Port: Enter the Port number your seedbox is using
    Protocol: SFTP – SSH File Transfer Protocol
    Logon Type:
    Ask for Password
    Username: Enter your FTP user name from seedbox
    Password: Enter the password that you noted from seedbox credentials
  3. After entering the details, click on the ‘Ok’ button to save the connection.

Step 3: Log in to your Seedbox server using sFTP

Once you have saved your connection, go to File – Site Manager – sFTP connection and then click on the ‘Connect’ button.

You will be asked to enter your FTP password, do that and then click on the OK button. Next, you will be asked whether you trust the host that you are trying to connect, click on the ‘OK’ button to begin your sFTP connection to your seedbox.

Now, you can successfully upload and download files securely with your seedbox.

How to Improve Speed of Your FTP Downloads

When you start using a seedbox, one of the most prominent concerns that you might have is the speed of the FTP downloads and uploads. While the BitTorrent upload and download speed is good, it is the FTP speed that can be a little slow, depending on your ISP provide, and can result in a slow download of the server files on your local desktop.

Now, let’s be clear, if your local computer has a network connection that provides you with a download speed of 1 Mbps or 100 Mbps, then you won’t be able to bypass this speed limit. The only way to increase your speed is to contact your ISP and upgrade your Internet speed.

Also, you would need a wired connection to improve speed. Usually, a WiFi connection is the default connection and can be slightly slow as old wireless protocols are usually used in a router. However, there is a workaround for this, you can either choose to upgrade your router to a faster Wi-Fi standard like wireless N or you can use a wired connection.

So, if both of the above methods are not an option for you then don’t worry, we have a couple of ways in which you can maximize the download speed to download the files from your seedbox server to your local computer quickly.

Parallel Downloads

One of the most popular ways to maximize your FTP download speed is by using parallel downloads, aka concurrent downloads. Basically, this type of download allows you to download multiple files concurrently using FTP.

A few FTP clients support this option so they create multiple connections to your FTP server to download multiple files concurrently. This is a great option for people who are downloading a folder with multiple files as with this parallel download option, you can download different files from the same folder together.

To make you understand it better, assume that your FTP server has a limit on its bandwidth for every session. So, if you start 10 downloading sessions together with the parallel downloads option, it will overcome the per session limit and will effectively maximize your FTP download speed.

Here are a few free FTP clients that offer this option: FileZilla, BitKinex

Segmented Downloads

Another popular way to make the best use of your FTP download speed is by using segmented downloads. In this option, your larger files are broken into smaller segments and all these small file segments are downloaded simultaneously using several FTP sessions and then all the segments are combined into a single file again after all segments are successfully downloaded.

This has been introduced in download managers such as FlashGet for the very first time and has become quite a popular way to maximize download speed. A few FTP clients have also included this option in order to help you maximize the speed.

When the file is being downloaded, the temporary segments of that file are created and then later recombined once the download is complete. If you wish to use segmented downloads option to maximize download speed then you can check out free FTP clients like CuteFTP Pro, BitKinex, and Progressive Downloader (for MAC).

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