How to Recover Saved Passwords in SmartFTP

How to Recover Saved Passwords in SmartFTP

This research article exposes the password secrets of SmartFTP – one of the popular FTP clients. It shows all interesting details including where all your FTP passwords are stored, how it is stored and how to recover it automatically.

SmartFTP Password Secrets

SmartFTP stores all your FTP login configurations at following location

[Windows Vista/7/8/10]
C:\Users\[user_name]\AppData\Roaming\SmartFTP\Client 2.0\Favorites\Quick Connect\

[Windows XP/2003] 
C:\Documents and Settings\[user_name]\Application Data\SmartFTP\Client 2.0\Favorites\Quick Connect\

Older version of SmartFTP stored each FTP site details in separate XML file in the above folder.

Here is the sample of FTP site entry (only important details shown)


Here “Host”, “User” & “Password” fields refer to FTP server, username & encrypted password respectively.

SmartFTP (older version) used Windows DPAPI functions to encrypt the FTP password. Resulting password is further encoded using custom algorithm before storing it in the above file.

Newer version of SmartFTP stores each FTP site configuration in separate DAT file in the above folder.

This DAT file contains all the FTP site details stored in proprietary file format. Here all fields like FTP server, username & password are stored in clear text in Unicode format.

How to Recover SmartFTP Passwords Automatically

Here is simple way to recover all your SmartFTP 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 SmartFTP 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 SmartFTP. Please comment below on what do you think or if you have any queries.



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