How to configure FTP server in Windows for streaming media files in the VLC app on iOS
Recently VLC for iOS got support streaming playback from a local FTP server, so we decided to take advantage of this to tell you about the process of creating its own local FTP server on Windows. This will allow you to streaming play video and music stored on your computer, iPhone or iPad through the VLC app.
By itself, the FTP Protocol is a very convenient way to transfer files. This is truly «old school» technology, when compared to the current trend of cloud services (like Dropbox or OneDrive), which is very effective in terms of providing access to a particular file or files.
How to configure FTP server in Windows
You first need to configure an FTP server on our local machine. For this we will use the most popular solution called FileZilla Server. To download the latest version, follow this link. By default, FileZilla Server will install itself as a Windows service that starts automatically with the operating system. You can change this by selecting the last option in the drop-down list, but, as he shows us the installation wizard, this is not recommended.
Immediately after starting the application you will see a window with a server address (127.0.0.1) and port (14147). Here, change nothing, and the administrator password is optional, just click «OK» and that’s it.
Later in the program window go to the menu Edit > Users.
Now click on «Add» and enter the user name. In our example, we entered «VLC».
Now go to «Shared folders» and click «Add» located under «Shared folders». Next, choose the catalog that should be available to the user.
So, we have done all the basic settings required to start using a local FTP server. Now we would do well to check your firewall settings.
Go to control Panel> System and security> Windows Firewall> Allow interaction with the app or feature through Windows firewall.
If you do not see FileZilla Server in the list of programs, click «Allow another app».
Next, a dialog box appears that prompts you to choose a program. In the list of programs you can check FileZilla Server Interface and FileZilla Server. Keep in mind that we need to choose what FileZilla Server. If you do not see FileZilla Server in the list of programs, click on the «Browse» button, navigate to C:Program FilesFileZilla Server and choose the appropriate file.
Now pick up your mobile device, run the application VLC and go to «Local network».
Enter your local IP address, user name and password if required.
Once connected, you will see a list of files on your computer, ready to start playing.
That’s about it. We wish you a pleasant viewing your content.