How to enable the FTP Server on AXIS cameras

This article explains how to enable the FTP server on Axis cameras.

The FTP service is useful when you need to upgrade the camera's firmware.

I have some Axis cameras here in my lab so that I can show you real examples.

How to enable the FTP server on Axis cameras

Old cameras or old web interface

Let's see how to enable the FTP server for an old Axis camera or a camera using firmware with the old web interface with the menu on the left side of the screen.

Here's the step by step:

  • Log in to the camera
  • Open the menu System Option >> Advanced >> Plain Config
  • In the next screen, click the drop-down menu and select "Network."
  • Drop down the screen and check the "Network FTP" box
  • Click the "Save" button at the bottom of the page.

See the pictures below for more details.

Axis camera menu

Plain Config Menu

Axis 223M Network Group

Select the Network Group

Axis camera enable FTP old firmware

And it's done.

It's straightforward, isn't it?

Let's see how to do the same on the new cameras.

New cameras or new web interface

Here are the steps to enable the FTP on the Axis camera's new web interface.

  • Log in to the camera
  • Open the menu Settings >> System >> Plain Config
  • Click the Network Menu
  • Check the FTP box
  • Save the configuration

The following pictures show the details.

Axis New Web Interface Menu

Axis camera settings menu

Network Menu
FTP Enabled

And it's done.

Now you have the FTP server enabled and ready to go.

Just use a command prompt to test it out.

Open a command prompt and type ftp <camera IP address>

FTP to Axis Camera

Just hit enter, and you will see the Axis message.

Axis FTP working

You can now update the camera firmware via FTP or do whatever you want using the standard FTP commands.