What is TFTP (Trivial File Transfer Protocol)?

The TFTP protocol (Trivial Transfer File Protocol) has used before the FTP protocol. This protocol is an old protocol published in 1981 by Karen R. Sollins.

What is TFTP (Trivial File Transfer Protocol)

What is TFTP?

TFTP is called a trivial file transfer protocol because there is no security in file transfer. There is no authentication process, such as the FTP protocol. The purpose of this protocol is only file transfer and file transfer. It is also used to transfer files that some systems or devices need at startup.

TFTP performs data transfer over the network using the UDP protocol and uses port 69. And it doesn’t have the features of other file transfer protocols such as file listing, file deletion, file name change, and file check.

No file check is performed when file transfers are performed on the network. Because it uses the UDP protocol, it does not check whether files are transferred. In addition, the TCP protocol performs the check of files.

In the TCP protocol, files that cannot be forwarded by handshake control are resent. However, the TFTP protocol does not provide this operation.

After briefly talking about what does TFTP do, let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of TFTP.

TFTP Advantages

The advantages of using this protocol are;

1. It is a fast file transfer protocol.
2. Network devices configuration files can transfer with this protocol.
3. It installs easily with 3rd party software on Windows and Linux operating systems.
4. Where FTP is not required, it is recommended to use this protocol.

TFTP Disadvantages

The disadvantages of this protocol are;

1. It is a file transfer protocol that is not secure.
2. It does not provide file security based on FTP.
3. It only performs file transfer and file transfer.
4. No authentication.

File Transfer Server Setup

You can install a TFTP Server using SolarWinds on your Windows 10 computer. To do this, click on the image below to browse our article.

Server Installation

How TFTP Works ⇒ Video

You can watch the video below to set up a file server on Windows 10 for a simple file transfer, and you can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to support us.

   Final Word


In this article, we have defined the TFTP protocol and concluded that the aim is only to transfer files. You can also decide whether to use this protocol by considering its advantages and disadvantages. Thanks for following us!

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