Archie is software that helps a user find files available at File Transfer Protocol (FTP) hosts. When searching for a particular term, Archie searches the database and displays the name of each FTP host that has that file or directory and the exact path to that directory.
Archie servers may provide access via telnet, e-mail, or a special Archie client. Using Archie requires a user to be familiar with where the indices are located, i.e. , the user must provide an Archie server domain name or IP address.
Archie was developed at McGill University by Peter Deutsch and Alan Emtage.