Lightroom – FTP Utility

Newer Version Available see : FTP Sender 1.5

FTP Sender ScreenshotNow I am using Coppermine for my gallery I wanted a quick way to upload files from Lightroom. So I wrote the Lightroom FTP Sender.

This is a first version, but feel free to try it. Please leave me a comment if you find it useful. If enough people find it useful, there are some extra features I would like to add.


FTP Sender is Free, if you would like to send me a donation please click on the button and enter an amount.


  1. Save the downloaded file to your Export Actions Folder (the best way to find this is to use the “open export actions” option the the drop down in the Export dialogue)
  2. Select it as your post export action
  3. Fill in your FTP settings, these will be remembered for future runs, or hit the Save Settings Button to be sure
  4. Click on the [+] button to create a folder, please note only one level of folder can be created for each click of the [+] button.
  5. Click on the [send] button, when the upload is complete, a message will be displayed.
  6. Close the Export dialogue and reopen it.
  • If you need multiple FTP servers,just change the text in the drop down Settings Box and this will automatically create a new set of settings for you to add another server.
  • Please note your FTP password is stored in a human readable INI file, unless you untick the save password tick box.
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18 comments on “Lightroom – FTP Utility
  1. Wahoo says:

    Thank you for sharing!

  2. FarnhamBee says:

    I followed the instructions above, the app gets called OK by Lightroom & I filled in all the details correctly (same settings work with FileZilla) but when I click on ‘upload’ nothing seems to happen, if I click on ‘+’ I get an error:

    “Socket Error # 11001
    Host not found.”

    any ideas?
    I’m running on WinXP Pro with all the latest updates.

    Great idea btw – if only I can get it to work 😉

  3. admin says:

    Not sure why it’s not working if it’s working OK with Filezila, can you double check the host name, and make sure there are not any spaces on the front or the back.

  4. FarnhamBee says:

    No spaces anywhere – just tried a reboot in case FileZilla was holding on to any resources – disabled Window Firewall too just in case but get the same problem 🙁

  5. admin says:

    Very strange, I must admit to only trying the program with a couple of FTP servers. I am not at home this week, so won’t be able to look at the code till next week.

  6. admin says:

    I have uploaded a new version hopefully now fixed.

  7. Bob says:

    I am using version with Vista and Lightroom v1.3. It works fine. I would like the option to cancel a send if I realize that I am sending the wrong files. Your program has saved the day.

  8. Bob says:

    I am using v1.2.04 and have encountered a problem. It appears that there is a maximum number of files that FTPsender can upload at one time. It is somewhere between 10 and 50. I am not sure what the number is or why there is a limit. Is there any way to cancel a send operation?

  9. admin says:

    I think the maximum files is related to a limitation in Lightroom rather than in my program, in that it passes the filenames in the parameters to my program, and windows has a maximum limit on the length of the string. Try keeping your export path short to maximise the number of files your are able to send in one go.

    On the abort front I will try and work in a button when I get some time.

    The new Lightroom SDK which came with V1.3 looks to support FTP directly, but I have not yet had time to play with it.

  10. Bob says:

    Thanks for the update. Do you mean the length of the file directory location or the length of the file name. Do do both impact the number of files that can transfer?

    I have downloaded v1.3 but have not had time to try the sdk feature yet. Your’s works well with Coppermine and I like it.

  11. admin says:

    It’s a combination of the directory and file name. I use a root directory (eg c:\temp\xxx\) which keeps the path short, my file names are fairly short anyway as I keep the out of camera names which are IMGxxxxxx.JPG.

  12. Frank says:

    works great exept the + button

  13. Bob says:

    Have you ever thought about updating the program with your additions? I am now using it with Lightroom 2 and Zenphoto.

  14. Bob Kufrin says:

    I have switched to Zenphoto and the program still works. It has been a great utility for me. Have you ever considered implementing your updates?

  15. admin says:

    I will take a look at doing it, I rather expected Lightroom to get a LUA ftp, but I have not seen one.

  16. bob Kufrin says:

    Thanks for the update. I will install it today and let you know how it works for me.

  17. Bob Kufrin says:

    I continue to use lightroom sender 1.4. I think there is a bug in the program. When I complete an upload the message “Upload Aborted” appears all the time. I used to think that the uploads failed and would continue to resend the photos. I checked with my ftp account and found that they had uploaded. I have no idea what could have uploaded because all the photos that were supposed to be uploaded did end up in the right locations. This is still the best plug in add in for Lightroom.

  18. admin says:

    Found it, there is a new version (1.5) available now, which also includes the option to drag and drop files on to the file list.

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