Created March 15 2007
The FTP Help Page


1.  Using the Windows command line connect to a FTP site
2.  How can I connect to a FTP site using a browser?
3.  I'd need a Windows FTP client
4.  I need a stand alone Windows FTP client
5.  What *NIX GUI FTP client can I use?
6.  I need to do recursive ftp from *NIX, what can I use?
7.  I want more information on FTP



1.  Using the Windows command line connect to a FTP site

First here's some important commands we will use

bin               (Sets the file transfer type to binary)
dir               (Displays a list of a remote directory's files and subdirectories)
ls                (Displays an abbreviated list of a remote directory's files and subdirectories)
cd                (Changes to the specified directory)
get file-name     (Gets (Downloads) a file called file-name)
put file-name     (Puts (Uploads) a file called file-name)
quit              (Quits the application)

Here's a ist of FTP commands for the Microsoft command-line FTP client
http://www.nsftools.com/tips/MSFTP.htm

In this example, I will do the following
Start a command shell
Navigate to my local computers Desktop directory
Connect to the FTP site at 192.168.10.67
Authenticate anonymously
Change to the binary transfer mode
Navigate to outgoing directory
Download a file called test.zip
Quit the applation

Here we go
Start, run, command or cmd
cd desktop               (If you can't do this, no sweat just note your current directory as this is where your download will land)
ftp 192.168.10.67    (Provide user name and password as requested  In this case the User is anonymous, Password is any email address)
bin
dir
cd outgoing
get test.zip
quit


2.  How can I connect to a FTP site using a browser?
Be careful, browsers may corrupt the download as they may not understand the file format.  This is especially true with IE

If the site has anonymous FTP you can simply type this in the URL thingy
ftp://ftpsite

If you want, you can specify the username and password as follows
ftp://username:password@ftpsite


3.  I want more information on FTP
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Transfer_Protocol


4.  I'd need a Windows FTP client
I recommended the Filezilla FTP client from http://filezilla.sourceforge.net/


5.   I need a stand alone Windows FTP client
The Filezilla FTP client is also available as a stand alone application requiring no installation
http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/filezilla_portable


6.   What *NIX GUI FTP client can I use?
I like gftp http://gftp.seul.org/


7.  I need to do recursive ftp from *NIX, what can I use?
I've had great luck with YAFC http://yafc.sourceforge.net/ using get -r -p *


 
 
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