Introducing FTP Upload

It's now easier and faster to upload photos to your portfolio with FTP Upload.


* NOTE: FTP Upload works automatically for Expert level and above on Snapwire. For all other levels, please email to ask for FTP capabilities to be turned on. 

Table of Contents

  • How to Use FTP Upload
  • Step 1: Download an FTP Client
  • Step 2: Set Up FTP Credentials in your Snapwire account
  • Step 3: Connect the FTP Client to the Snapwire Database
  • Step 4: Navigate to Snapwire Portfolio to Batch Upload
  • Step 5: Repeat!

How to Use FTP Upload

FTP upload utilizes your local computer environment and our remote database server to quickly and efficiently transfer bulk amounts of data and images. FTP upload is a very straightforward method to quickly get your images to our database. After a few times of using FTP you should find the process very user friendly. If you have any metadata associated with your images (keywords, descriptions, releases, etc.) those will all be imported with your images as well. This guide will help you setup your first FTP upload as well as answer some common concerns or questions.

Step 1: Download an FTP Client

First you’ll need an FTP client. We recommend FileZilla as it is one of the most widely used FTP clients, it’s free, safe, and extremely user friendly, so this guide will focus on using FileZilla as your FTP client. If you do not have FileZilla Downloaded you can do so here:

Step 2: Set Up FTP Credentials in your Snapwire account

To do so click on your name in the top right hand corner of your profile and navigate to settings. Once there, scroll to the section near the bottom titled “Use FTP to download and upload large amounts of photos.” Click the checkbox that says enable FTP and then click save changes. Once you’ve done so you need to navigate back to the same box to set your password.

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Once you type your desired password in click save changes once again. The password will need to contain 1 upper-case character and at least 1 number. This is just a temporary password and this step will need to be repeated every time you wish to upload via FTP. The information displayed in the blue bar is what you will use inside FileZilla to establish your connection. Labeled in the picture above is the information you need to input into FileZilla

Step 3: Connect the FTP Client to the Snapwire Database

Now enter the information that appears in your connection info (the blue box inside your settings), into the proper spaces within FileZilla. Once your information is entered in, click “Quickconnect” to establish a database connection. You should see messaging appear in the top bar saying connection established or successful. If you have trouble connecting be sure you entered all your connection information in correctly (remember you need 1 uppercase character and 1 number for your password).

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In the middle section of FileZilla you’ll see on the left hand side of the screen is your local computer, it’s folders and it’s files. This is where you’ll want to locate the images within your computer (or external hard drive) that you’re wanting to upload. On the right hand side is the remote server for Snapwire and where you’ll need to drag your files into. You’ll want to locate the folder called “upload” and double click on it to navigate inside of it. Once inside this is where you’ll want to drag and drop photos from your local drive.

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Your images will immediately begin to process two at a time. Depending on how many files you’re uploading and your internet connection this process may take some time so be patient. You can only upload 1,000 images at a time so do not attempt more. If you navigate away from FileZilla and come back with some files having stopped loading just click Quickconnect to re-establish your FTP connection. It will ask you to abort your previous session if this happens and just click yes. Your previously stopped images should begin to load again. This may happen a few times depending how many files you’re trying to upload and is normal as FileZilla will occasionally time-out.

Step 4: Navigate to Snapwire Portfolio to Batch Upload

NOTE: If your images contained Keywords/Descriptions in the metadata they will upload automatically to your portfolio and you can skip the next steps.

Once your images have finished uploading navigate back to your profile on Snapwire.

If your images did not contain keywords and descriptions in the metadata, click the button that says “upload photos from Snapwire-ftp”.

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A modal will pop up that will allow you to select the images you’d like to upload. Hold COMMAND if you’d like to select more than one. If you’d like to upload all the shots in the folder, click “upload all images from FTP”.

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Next, go through the regular upload flow. You’ll need to fill in keywords, a photo description, and licensing information in order to upload your shots.

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Done! Feel free to upload as many shots as you’d like to your portfolio using FTP. Email for any questions or troubleshooting information.

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