By Nicky / Last Updated September 11, 2020


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About FTP and Google Drive?

Before learning the best way to backup FTP to Google Drive, you should learn enough about FTP and Google Drive. FTP stands for “File Transfer Protocol”, which is a convenient way to move files around. An FTP server offers access to a directory, with sub-directories. Users connect to these servers with an FTP client, a piece of software that lets you edit shared files such as rename, delete, copy or download files from the server, as well as upload files to it.

Google Drive is one of the most popular cloud services around the world for high security and 15 GB free storage. It allows users to store all kinds of data like documents, photos, music, videos, etc. on the cloud platform. And its suite of apps like Google sheets, docs and PowerPoints enabled not only accessing the files stored in cloud but also can make changes instantly. For its convenience and advanced features, people tend to backup files to Google Drive.

FTP to Google Drive

Is it possible to backup FTP to Google Drive directly?

As one of the oldest protocols in use today, FTP is the most traditional way of storing files online and accessing data remotely with the internet, and it’s one of the ways that inspired the cloud storage technology. Actually, for ordinary users, FTP is not very convenient to use, it may take a long time for them to figure it out. So, after cloud storage evolution, considering ease of accessing data, more and more prefer to store data on cloud services like Google Drive instead of FTP.

However, users may have stored a large number of data on FTP after long-term use and they don’t want to abandon these data on FTP after owning a new cloud drive account. Therefore, migrating these data from FTP to Google Drive is their first choice. But the manual downloading and re-uploading method is obviously not feasible in the face of large amounts of data. So, many users wonder if there is a way to backup a large number of data from FTP to Google Drive directly? The answer is yes. You can read on to learn the easiest way to achieve it with detailed steps.

How to backup files from FTP to Google Drive directly?

Actually, the easiest way to backup FTP to Google Drive mentioned above is to use a cloud backup tool. I highly recommend you use CBackupper, which is a professional cloud backup web service for FTP/SFTP and different kinds of cloud drives like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc. With it, you can easily connect FTP and Google Drive on one interface, and then, create a backup task to back entire FTP or some of the files on it to Google Drive directly and quickly.

In addition, it has many useful features like Scheduled Backup, which can help you set up an automatic backup task in Specific time/Daily/weekly/Monthly mode to backup FTP to Google Drive. And other features like “File Filter” can help you exclude certain types of data or contain only specified types of files when backing up.

What’s more, it is a free web service, so, you don’t need to install any app and pay any fee. And it has a clear interface and user-friendly design that you can figure it out quickly even for the first time. Now, follow the steps below to copy files from FTP to Google Drive with CBackupper.

Step-by-step guide to backup FTP to Google Drive via CBackupper

Step 1. Just go to the official website of CBackupper. Create a CBackupper account freely and sign in.

Sign up

Step 2. Click “Add Cloud” on the “Clouds” page. Choose cloud or FTP icon and click “OK”. Then follow the instructions to go to Google Drive’s website to grant access to CBackupper. Add FTP by entering your FTP server address, FTP username, and password.

Add Cloud


CBackupper bases on standard OAuth system, which is a standard authorization framework that enables third-party applications to access multiple cloud accounts. So, you can safely add and authorize your accounts.

The added cloud drives are listed on the left side of the page. You can click the three-dot icon next to each cloud drives and select “Allocate Space” option to adjust the storage space you want to use for backup flexibly with three options as shown in the picture below.

Allocate Space Feature

3. To create backup task, click on “Tasks” tab at the top of the page, then, click “Create Task” button.

Create Task

4. Name your task, click “Add Source” button to add the FTP server as the source. Similarly, click “Add Destination” button to add Google Drive as the migration destination.

Add Source and Destination

Note: When you choose the backup destination, remember to tick “Secondary Destination” option to choose a secondary backup destination. Once the space of your first backup destination is insufficient, files will be automatically backed up to the second one.

Secondary Backup Destiantion

5. Click “Start Backup” in the lower right corner to perform task.

You can click “Settings” button before starting backup to enjoy “File Filter” features.
You can click “Settings” button to set up a scheduled backup task .
You can also tick "Enable email notification under “Settings” to let CBackupper notice you the backup result.


You can see how easy to backup FTP to Google Drive with CBackupper. And the useful features like File Filter and Scheduled Backup of CBackupper can also bring you much convenience. And besides cloud to cloud backup, CBackupper is also a multiple cloud storage accounts manager, you can add accounts of different cloud drives or the same cloud drive on it, then, you can manage multiple cloud storage accounts with just one login.