Is the ENSEMBL FTP down?
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3.3 years ago
liorglic ★ 1.4k

Hi there,
Since yesterday, I'm having trouble accessing data in ENSEMBL Plants and Bacteria. Things seem to work fine in ensembl.org though.
I can't download any data using the browser, and can't access the FTP site using browser / rsync / wget.
I've tried several machines, and also contacted the help desk (didn't get an answer yet).
Is anybody else experiencing the same issue? Any ideas for workarounds?

Thanks!

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Thank you, this is very helpful - I was able to get the data I needed.
Still weird that I can't access the standard FTP. I'll wait for reply from the help desk.

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3.3 years ago
Emily 23k

It's not down for me, but if you're having trouble you could try accessing this site instead.

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This is quite troubling to download things from ensembl browser now that the Chrome and Edge browser have disable their "enable-ftp" flags. User is foolishly directed from one browser to the other mentioning that this link can't be opened in current browser. I have tried firefox too but the link never works!! I think Ensembl must try figuring a way out for it because this is a real trouble. Thankfully I was somehow able to get files from Ensembl Bacteria using "Internet Explorer"

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It's tremendously frustrating for us. We're working on updating all the links in the website to go to http://ftp.ensembl.org/pub/ instead, which works everywhere, but we keep finding more! The trouble is, anyone who is working with an FTP client still wants the usual ftp links, so there's a bit of a UX issue there of how to direct the proper bioinformatics with FTP clients one place, but the biologists who just want to point and click somewhere else.

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We respect your tiresome efforts and hope that it will be worked out in the near future!!

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One more work around is to use HTTP instead of ftp in your URL. So for instance if you have URL: ftp://ftp.ensemblgenomes.org/pub/bacteria/release-51/gff3/bacteria_120_collection/pseudomonas_alkylphenolica_gca_000746525

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http://ftp.ensemblgenomes.org/pub/bacteria/release-51/gff3/bacteria_120_collection/pseudomonas_alkylphenolica_gca_000746525
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