Eclipse – How to add FTP support to Eclipse


I'm using Eclipse PHP Development Tools. What would be the easiest way to access a file or maybe create a remote project trough FTP and maybe SSH and SFTP?.

Best Solution

Eclipse natively supports FTP and SSH. Aptana is not necessary.

Native FTP and SSH support in Eclipse is in the "Remote System Explorer End-User Runtime" Plugin.

Install it through Eclipse itself. These instructions may vary slightly with your version of Eclipse:

  1. Go to 'Help' -> 'Install New Software' (in older Eclipses, this is called something a bit different)
  2. In the 'Work with:' drop-down, select your version's plugin release site. Example: for Kepler, this is
    Kepler -
  3. In the filter field, type 'remote'.
  4. Check the box next to 'Remote System Explorer End-User Runtime'
  5. Click 'Next', and accept the terms. It should now download and install.
  6. After install, Eclipse may want to restart.

Using it, in Eclipse:

  1. Window -> Open Perspective -> (perhaps select 'Other') -> Remote System Explorer
  2. File -> New -> Other -> Remote System Explorer (folder) -> Connection (or type Connection into the filter field)
  3. Choose FTP from the 'Select Remote System Type' panel.
  4. Fill in your FTP host info in the next panel (username and password come later).
  5. In the Remote Systems panel, right-click the hostname and click 'connect'.
  6. Enter username + password and you're good!
  7. Well, not exactly 'good'. The RSE system is fairly unusual, but you're connected.
  8. And you're one smart cookie! You'll figure out the rest.

Edit: To change the default port, follow the instructions on this page: