Set site preferences for transferring files

Select preferences and transfer modes in Dreamweaver to control file transfer features that appear in the Files panel.

FTP Preferences

You can set preferences to control how files are transferred between local and remote sites in the Files panel.

  1. Select Edit>Preferences (Windows) or Dreamweaver>Preferences (Macintosh).

  2. In the Preferences dialog box, select Site from the category list on the left.
    Site preferences dialog
    Site preferences dialog

  3. Set the options and click OK.

    Always Show

    Specifies which site (remote or local) is always shown, and in which Files panel pane (left or right) the local and remote files appear.

    By default, the local site always appears on the right. Whichever pane is not chosen (the left one by default) is the changeable pane: this pane can display the files in the other site (the remote site by default).

    Dependent Files

    Displays a prompt for transferring dependent files (such as images, external style sheets, and other files referenced in the HTML file) that the browser loads when it loads the HTML file. By default, both Prompt on Get/Check Out and Prompt on Put/Check In are selected.

    It’s usually a good idea to download dependent files when checking out a new file, but if the latest versions of the dependent files are already on the local disk, there’s no need to download them again. This is also true for uploading and checking in files: no need if up-to-date copies are already at the destination.

    Note:

    If you deselect these options, your dependent files are not transferred. Therefore, to force the Dependent Files dialog box to appear even when these options are deselected, hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Macintosh) while choosing the Get, Put, Check In, or Check Out commands.

    FTP Connection

    Determines whether the connection to the remote site is terminated after the specified number of minutes have passed with no activity.

    FTP Time Out

    Specifies the number of seconds in which Dreamweaver attempts to make a connection with the remote server.

    If there is no response after the specified amount of time, Dreamweaver displays a warning dialog box alerting you to this fact.

    FTP Transfer options

    Determines whether Dreamweaver selects the default option, after a specified number of seconds, when a dialog box appears during a file transfer and there is no user response.

    Proxy Host

    Specifies the address of the proxy server through which you connect to outside servers if you are behind a firewall.

    If you are not behind a firewall, leave this space blank. If you are behind a firewall, select the Use Proxy option in the Site Definition dialog box (Servers > Edit Existing Server (pencil icon) > More Options).

    Proxy Port

    Specifies the port in your proxy or firewall through which you pass to connect to the remote server. If you connect through a port other than 21 (the default for FTP), enter the number here.

    Put Options: Save Files Before Putting

    Indicates that unsaved files are saved automatically before being put onto the remote site.

    Move Options: Prompt Before Moving Files on Server

    Alerts you when you attempt to move files on the remote site.

    Manage Sites

    Opens the Manage Sites dialog box, where you can edit an existing site or create a new one.

    Note:

    You can define whether the types of files that you transfer are transferred as ASCII (text) or binary, by customizing the FTPExtensionMap.txt file in the Dreamweaver/Configuration folder (on the Macintosh, FTPExtensionMapMac.txt). For more information, see Extending Dreamweaver.

File Transfer modes

The FTP protocol (inapplicable for SFTP) is used to transfer files with the below transfer modes:

Binary Mode/ Image mode

Used for non-text files / binary files. In this mode, file is transferred byte by byte and a copy of the transferred file is created in the recipient's system.

ASCII Mode

Converts the End of Line characters in the file from the sender's system to that of the recipient's system. It is used for text files.

Dreamweaver identifies and selects the transfer mode when an FTP connection is initiated. When a Get or Put command is triggered, Dreamweaver identifies the transfer mode of file extensions present in FTPExtensionMapMac.txt and FTPExtensionMap.txt.
If the file extension is unavailable in the configuration file, Dreamweaver transfers the file using the transfer mode configured on the server.

The above mapping files for File Extension and FTP transfer mode are available in:

Win: %appdata%\Adobe\Dreamweaver <version>\en_US\Configuration.

macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Dreamweaver <version>/en_US/Configuration.

The Default file extension and the relevant transfer modes are provided below:

File Type Default Transfer Mode

AIF

BINARY

AIFF

BINARY

AIFC

BINARY

AS

ASCII

ASCX

ASCII

ASMX

ASCII

ASP

ASCII

ASPX

ASCII

BIN

BINARY

BMP

BINARY

CFM

ASCII

CFML

ASCII

CGI

ASCII

CS

ASCII

CSS

ASCII

DCR

BINARY

DIR

BINARY

DMG

BINARY

DOC

BINARY

DWT

ASCII

DXR

BINARY

EXE

BINARY

FLA

BINARY

GIF

BINARY

HTM

ASCII

HTML

ASCII

INC

ASCII

JPG

BINARY

JPEG

BINARY

JS

ASCII

LBI

ASCII

MNO

BINARY

MOV

BINARY

MPEG

BINARY

MPG

BINARY

MXML

ASCII

PDF

BINARY

PHP

ASCII

PHP3

ASCII

PHP4

ASCII

PHP5

ASCII

PIC

BINARY

PICT

BINARY

PL

ASCII

PNG

BINARY

PSD

BINARY

QT

BINARY

RA

BINARY

RAM

BINARY

README

BINARY

RM

BINARY

RTF

BINARY

SEA

BINARY

SHTM

ASCII

SHTML

ASCII

SIT

BINARY

SND

BINARY

SWF

BINARY

TEXT

ASCII

TIF

BINARY

TIFF

BINARY

TPL

BINARY

TXT

ASCII

VB

ASCII

WAV

BINARY

XHTM

ASCII

XHTML

ASCII

ZIP

BINARY

You can change the transfer mode of any file type.

  1. Quit Dreamweaver. In text editor, open FTPExtensionMapMac.txt (for MacOS) or FTPExtensionMap.txt (for Windows) from the below path:

    win: %appdata%\Adobe\Dreamweaver <version>\en_US\Configuration

    macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Dreamweaver <version>/en_US/Configuration

  2. In the configuration file, change the default value to the desired transfer type. If the file type is unavailable, type the file extension followed by a space and transfer type. For example: PHTML ASCII

  3. Save and close the file.

Note:
  • A binary file (JPG or MPEG) transferred in ASCII mode over FTP could be corrupted. All file types with non-ASCII content must be transferred in binary transfer.
  • A text file (HTML, PHP, and so on) transferred in Binary mode via FTP retains the End of Line characters from the originating system. Text files transferred via FTP to a system with different End of Line characters are either double-spaced, compressed onto a single line, or corrupt. Such files must be transferred via ASCII mode. 
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