FTP Adapter

The FTP adapter exchanges data between an FTP server and Microsoft BizTalk Server, and allows for the integration of vital data stored on a variety of platforms with line-of-business applications. The adapter can connect to the FTP server via SOCKS4 or SOCKS5 proxy server.

The FTP adapter can transfer a large number of files from an FTP server to BizTalk Server. It can also transfer files as part of an orchestration.

The FTP adapter consists of two adapters — a receive adapter and a send adapter.

This section describes the FTP receive and send adapters, as well as security and best-practice information.

Receive adapter

The FTP receive adapter enables you to move data from an FTP server to BizTalk Server. Key features include:

  • Pulling files from the FTP server on demand

  • Running polls based on a configurable schedule

  • Polling the FTP server and sending data directly to BizTalk Server

  • Specifying the FTP server as an IP address, port, password, and host name

  • Guaranteed file delivery

    The FTP receive adapter also works with the BizTalk Server Administration console and BizTalk Explorer to configure and administer each receive function, which is composed of the following configuration items:

  • Poll interval to run an FTP command (for example, 60 minutes)

  • Information with which to route the document to a specific BizTalk send port or receive location


The FTP receive adapter does not support receiving files from a partitioned data set.

Send adapter

The FTP send adapter enables you to move data from BizTalk Server to an FTP server. Key features include:

  • Ability to run sends on demand

  • Guaranteed delivery

Supported platforms

Access information stored in an FTP server on any of the following platforms:

  • Windows Server 2016

  • Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Windows Server 2012

  • Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Windows Server 2008

  • Windows Server 2003

  • Windows Server 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) and later

  • Sun Solaris 9.0

  • HP-UX

  • LINUX (Redhat 7.x)

  • IBM z/OS v1.9 (MVS)

  • IBM O/S 390 running MVS

  • AS/400 OS/400 V5R1

  • i5/OS V5R4 (AS400)

  • i5/OS V6R1 (AS400)


  • AIX

    All services packs are supported, unless the service pack is specifically listed.

In This Section

Best practices and recommendations for the FTP Adapter

Configuring the FTP adapter

FTP Adapter Property Schema and Properties