Air Resources Board FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
Guidelines/Instructions for ARB Client
This page last reviewed March 2, 2010
|How do I use the FTP server?
FTP Disclaimers and Operating Conditions
FTP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
|What software should I use to access the server?
What are the login IDs and passwords for external users?
Who has access to the files that I deposit?
What are the acceptable or best file formats to use?
Should I worry about computer virus?
The Anonymous FTP (file transfer protocol) server is a temporary public
depository that allows anyone with Internet access to easily share files with ARB staff. The FTP server is much
like a bulletin board in that you can place information (files) on the server for others to obtain or
get information others want to share with you.
External users use the standard 'ftp' login used by most anonymous
FTP servers and their valid email address as a password (firstname.lastname@example.org, for example). Newer versions of Netscape
allow you set the preferences to automatically input your email addresses when FTPing, saving you this step.
The easiest way to access the FTP server is to use the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser. You may wish to refer to the Air Resources Board FTP Handbook for External Users ( pdf format 433K).
To deposit or retrieve files:
If you have to choose, binary transfer mode is usually a safe option. The intended recipient of the file should be informed of the appropriate application in which to use the file. Large files (over 10 MB) should be zipped by using a file compression utility such as WinZip or open source alternative 7-Zip . Compressing large files allows for more reliable transmission.
Yes, any file that you access from the Internet or an electronic Bulletin Board Service may contain a computer virus. It is recommended that you scan all files that you have downloaded with virus detection software.
The California Air Resources Board FTP Server is provided for authorized use only.Unauthorized use is a violation of state and federal laws. Suspicious activity will be reported to the authorities. Please review the offical ARB Information Systems Policies and Disclaimers / Conditions of Use for additional information.
The FTP server runs seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Support staff is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.