Upload and download files

Lokad offers a generic file hosting service. In order to deliver forecasts, Lokad processes the files available in your account. Below, we explain the mechanisms that are available to both import your data into Lokad and to retrieve data from Lokad as well.

Web uploads

In your Lokad account, select the Files tab. You can browse through the files contained in your account.


You can upload arbitrarily large files through our web interface. However, for files larger that 20MB, we suggest using alternative upload methods (see below).

Markdown docs

As the number of files in your Lokad account increases, managing everything may become a bit confusing. As a result, Lokad gives you the possibility to provide contextual documentation for each folder by adding a Markdown file named Readme.md. The content of this file is displayed above the file list. Lokad uses the CommmonMark syntax for Markdown.


Lokad also provides a web editor for Markdown. Just click on any .md file to edit the file in question, as illustrated by the screenshot above.

Data connectors

If your company happens to use one of the popular apps natively supported by Lokad, you can easily plug your app into Lokad. Then, the data connector takes care of importing the relevant data into Lokad and formatting this data in flat file format.


Lokad supports file transfer protocols that are best suited to handle large files. They are also best suited for fully automated data transfers. More specifically, Lokad supports SFTP, FTPS and FTP. As a general guideline, we strongly recommend using SFTP, falling back to the other methods only if SFTP cannot be used.

On Windows, we recommend the WinSCP open source SFTP/FTP/FTPS client.

In order to connect through SFTP:

Host: files.lokad.com (port 22, normal authentication only)
Username: john@example.com (same as your Lokad login)
Password: same as your Lokad password

In order to connect through FTP:

Host: files.lokad.com (port 21, passive only)
Username: john@example.com (same as your Lokad login)
Password: same as your Lokad password

Secure transfers and data encryption are supported though implicit FTPS (port 990).

Public keys for SFTP

Lokad supports a public key authentication for SFTP. The public keys can be defined in the Account tab of your Lokad account. DSA is supported for protocol compliance reasons, however, we strongly suggest using RSA with 4096 bytes of key size. Uploading multiple key files is also a possibility.


When clicking on update public key, a modal dialog box gives you the possibility to change your public key.


File quotas

The file storage capacity of your Lokad account depends of your subscription plan. Our Express Plans are limited to 50 files and 1GB of storage, which is typically sufficient to accommodate the historical data of small to medium sized companies. Paid service plans come with quotas that typically vastly exceed the storage capacity required for inventory forecasting purposes.