FTP terminal commands

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    Quick uploading via FTP or better yet sFTP within a terminal session

    1. In terminal type: ftp domain.com

    2. Enter your username

    3. Enter your password

    Once you login you will see a message similar to:
    230 User {userxxxx} logged in
    Remote system type is UNIX.

    You are now logged in and ready to transfer files.
    Some useful commands to help you guide navigate and transfer files are:


    This command is used to start your connection to another computer. Type this command followed by the IP address of the FTP server that you want to connect to.


    Use this command to see a listing of all files and folders in the current folder on the FTP server.


    This command allows you to change the folder that you are in.


    cd \

    (where \directory\ is a specific ‘directory’ name) to move into a subfolder on the FTP server.


    cd ..\

    to go back out a folder level.


    This command acts exactly like cd except that it changes the folder that you are currently in on your local system, not the FTP server. Use this command to put yourself in the folder on the local drive that you want to transfer files to and from.


    Type this command to get in binary mode to transfer files that are not plain-text files.

    Always use binary mode unless you are specifically transferring plain-text files. However most of today’s ftp servers will auto detect.


    This command puts you in ASCII mode for transferring text files.


    To retrieve a single file, use the get command followed by the filename of the file that you want to retrieve. If you want to get multiple files at one time, use the mget command followed by a filename, possibly containing * and/or ? as wildcards.




    To send a single file, use the put command followed by the filename to send a file to the FTP server. To send multiple files, use the mput command followed by a filename, possibly containing * and/or ? as wildcards.


    Use the quit command to end your FTP session.


    can be used to list the files within the current working directory.


    Or ‘print working directory’ will show you your current location

    You can also type “man ftp” inside the terminal window for a list of ftp commands and help files.


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