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What is OFTP?

OFTP stands for Odette File Transfer Protocol and is used for EDI communication in the European automotive industry. Odette was an EDI standard created for this industry and OFTP is the corresponding connection protocol that was created to support this functionality. There are two kinds: OFTP/ISDN is the original version and still in use today, and OFTP2 which relies on the internet for transport.

It works similar to regular FTP with file transfer delivery/retrieval, but with added layers of security and message encryption. OFTP depends on each party’s SSID and SFID to be exchanged that will be used during communication to facilitate encryption and compression. The SSID (Start Session ID) tells the server who the connecting party is and allows the server to grant them access. After that, the SFIF (Start File ID) that contains information useful to the file they are about to send including encryption and compression.

Babelway and OFTP

Babelway has supported OFTP connections for years because of our robust involvement in the automotive industry. ODETTE standards have become commonplace in this industry and thus all companies wishing to participate in EDI exchanges with trading partners must support both message standards. Babelway supports both OFTP/ISDN and OFTP2

Here is how the setup looks in Babelway

When enabling an OFTP, Babelway provides you with your SSID and SFID to exchange with your partners. From there, you just input their credentials from their OFTP connection. Once enabled, all the communication will be handled by Babelway.

Who uses OFTP?


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