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In this post, you will find one polular way to save files to Google Drive via FTP\SFTP with a free cloud file transfer tool-MultCloud and all operations will be finished in your browser within several clicks.

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Oct. 11, 2019 | 4 mins read

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What is FTP or SFTP?

Both Google Drive and FTP/SFTP are powerful services to do cloud backup. Before we introduce the best way to upload files to Google Drive with FTP\SFTP, we should know enough about FTP and SFTP:

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol commonly, which is used for downloading and uploading files from server. With it, you can transfer files between two computers - the first one is the user’s computer which is the local host machine connected to the Internet, and the second one is the remote host which is also running FTP and connected to the Internet.

SFTP, standing for Secure File Transfer Protocol, is similar to FTP but it's the encrypted version of FTP. So you can guess that SFTP is more secure and tended to be more reliable than FTP.


However, no matter FTP or SFTP, there is a bit of trouble uploading from FTP\SFTP to Google Drive: "Before you upload your data feed via FTP\SFTP, you’ll need to register it in Google Merchant Center to let our system know to expect your file." In addition, when you upload data feed via each of them, you should note that your files must be under 4 GB in size of either the compressed or uncompressed format.

Considering all the inconvenience, it's recommended you try another way to avoid direct FTP\SFTP access to Google Drive - MultCloud. It allows you to add as many cloud storage services as possible here including but not limited to FTP\SFTP and Google Drive, then you don't need to download content from one and upload to another since all works are done in the browser with MultCloud. Therefore, even FTP\SFTP access is unavailable to Google Drive, you still can easily upload FTP to Google Drive with MultCloud.

How to Upload Files to Google Drive via FTP\SFTP?

MultCloud is a free application that helps people backup, sync and move files between different services: FTP\SFTP and cloud drives, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, Amazon S3, Amazon Cloud Drive, SugarSync, Alfresco, Hubic, Evernote, OneDrive, MEGA, CloudMe, Cubby, MyDrive, WEB.DE, Yandex, HiDrive, MySQL, Flickr, MediaFire, ownCloud, ADrive, BaiDu and WebDav. And it’s the best way for FTP\SFTP upload to Google Drive.

Step 1. Sign Up

Open your browser and input MultCloud's URL: https://www.multcloud.com. Then click on "Sign up" button to create an account and you can use MultCloud.

Sign Up
Sign Up

Step 2. Add FTP to MultCloud

Click on "Add Clouds" icon, add FTP to MultCloud and click "Next" button to go to the next step.


Granting MultCloud access to the FTP requires your FTP server address, FTP username and password. You could add more FTP accounts in MultCloud.

Grant FTP
Grant FTP

Step 3. Add Google Drive to MultCloud

Add your Google Drive to MultCloud and authorize the Google Drive account you are transferring to by clicking the "Add Google Drive Account" button. Then follow the instructions to go to the website of Google Drive to grant access to MultCloud.

Authorize Google Drive
Authorize Google Drive

Step 4. Upload to Google Drive via FTP

After you have finished Google Drive and FTP integration, you can start to upload to Google Drive via FTP.

Method 1: dragging & dropping or right clicking for "Copy" or "Copy to" option

Drag or Copy File
Drag or Copy File

Method 2: hiring Transfer or Backup Service under "Transfer" tab

This is a better way for transferring huge numbers of folders or the whole storage from FTP to Google Drive. When you set time and other options, the task can be committed even power off.

Transfer from FTP to Google Drive
Transfer from FTP to Google Drive

Besides "Cloud Transfer" feature, MultCloud also has "Cloud Sync" function. You can enjoy eight sync ways to sync FTP to Google Drive.


Following above steps, you can upload files to google drive via FTP within just four steps. Besides "Cloud Transfer" feature, MultCloud also has "Cloud Explorer" and "Cloud Sync". For "Cloud Explorer", you can use the "Copy", "Cut", "Rename", etc operations like you are doing the operations through "Windows Explorer" so it can help you manage clouds together. For example, it can help you manage multiple OneDrive Accounts on Windows 10 from one platform. For "Cloud Sync", it can create sync relationships between cloud services. With the help of it, it can help you sync photos between OneDrive and Google Photos.

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