How to Recover Saved Passwords in Ipswitch WS_FTP

How to Recover Saved Passwords in Ipswitch WS_FTP

This research article exposes the password secrets of Ipswitch WS_FTP application. It shows all interesting details including where all your FTP passwords are stored, how it is stored and how to recover it automatically.

WS_FTP Password Secrets

WS_FTP stores all your FTP login passwords at following location

[Windows Vista/7/8/10]

[Windows XP/2003] 
C:\Documents and Settings\[user_name]\Application Data\Ipswitch\WS_FTP\Sites\ws_ftp.ini

This ws_ftp.ini file contains series of entries for each FTP server configuration.

Here is the sample entry for one of the FTP site


[xenarmor ftp site]

Here HOST, UID, PWD refers to FTP Server, Username and encrypted password respectively.

In the PWD text first char (_) is not used. Rest of the text is BASE64 encoded. After decoding it using BASE64 algorithm, you will get hex bytes. On decrypting these hex bytes using Triple DES algorithm, you will get final password.

In simple words, WS_FTP first encrypts the FTP password using Triple DES algorithm and then encode it using BASE64. Final text is stored in ws_ftp.ini file as shown above.

How to Recover WS_FTP Passwords Automatically

Here is simple way to recover all your WS_FTP passwords without worrying about where it is stored and how to decrypt it.

You can use our FTP Password Recovery Pro software to instantly & easily recover all your saved FTP login passwords from WS_FTP as shown in video below,

Here are the simple steps to recover all your saved passwords,

  • Step 1: Download & Install FTP Password Recovery Pro from here
  • Step 2: Next launch the software on your computer
  • Step 3: It will automatically discover, decrypt and display all the saved FTP passwords as shown below
It can also recover FTP passwords from custom profile locations, portable FTP clients & external drives

For more details, please refer to Online User Guide


Hope this article has helped you to understand password secrets of Ipswitch WS_FTP application. Please comment below on what do you think or if you have any queries.




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