I would like an application for Windows that will allow me read-only access to an ftp server that has full read/write/delete access.

The FTP server is not one which I can administer or control - I would like to a client-side protection to prevent accidentally deleting or uploading files to the server.

chmod is not acceptable solution as it requires initially making modifications that will affect other people or other applications

  • Do I understand correctly that you have no control over the FTP server, but you somehow can force your users to access that FTP server only through a client software authorized by you? – FjodrSo Jun 13 '16 at 22:26
  • I won't be forcing the users. The incentive for them to follow instructions is to not accidentally delete their own work. – cloneman Jun 14 '16 at 15:02

Unless you have other special requirements (such as SFTP / FTPS support) about any web browser will do.

Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer all have a built-in FTP client that allows read-only access to FTP sites, although there are plans to remove it from Chrome. (A similar request to remove FTP support from Firefox was declined.).

Simply try visiting any FTP site to see if your browser supports it.

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