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Contributor(s): Marsha Segebarth

Uploading is the transmission of a file from one computer system to another, usually larger computer system. From a network user's point-of-view, to upload a file is to send it to another computer that is set up to receive it. People who share images with others on bulletin board services ( BBS ) upload files to the BBS.

Transmission in the other direction is downloading -- from one, usually larger computer to another, usually smaller computer. From an Internet user's point-of-view, downloading is receiving a file from another computer.

The File Transfer Protocol ( FTP ) is the Internet facility for downloading and uploading files. (If you are uploading a file to another site, you must usually have permission in advance to access the site and the directory where the file is to be placed.)

When you send or receive an attached file with an e-mail note, this is just an attachment, not a download or an upload. However, in practice, many people use "upload" to mean "send" and "download" to mean receive. The term is used loosely in practice and if someone says to you "Download (or upload) such--and-such a file to me" via e-mail, they simply mean "Send it to me."

In short, from the ordinary workstation or small computer user's point-of-view, to upload is to send a file and to download is to receive a file.

This was last updated in September 2005

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Thank YOU FOR THE ANSWER, I am a 55 Yr.old illiterate technophobe recently enrolled in college, self educated but find myself LOST as Almost ALL schoolwork is done on the compoooter! Your response to the question and the site's layout will make a huge difference as they are concise,(thus far)now I will only feel SLIGHTLY DISFUNCTIONAL!!??
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When you upload a picture from gallery of your phone using the upload website just to search if this photo was taken from google, and realize it hasn't. What happens to the uploaded photo can others see it? I uploaded it without making account on imgbb web site now i am worried if it is shared online. How can i delete it. Please help me.
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