How To Use FTP
URLs for FTP
Clued-in people will write a URL as shorthand
for anonymous FTP:
That does not mean that you have to use a web browser, and it does not mean that you should try typing that as a command! Instead, it means:
ftpcommand to connect to the server
Once connected, change to the directory
Once there, get the file named
The following provides step-by-step directions.
FTP, Step by Step
First of all, make sure that you are in an appropriate place to download files. Wherever you are, that's where they will be stored. Perhaps you should first:
$ cd /tmp
$ ftp wherever.example.com
When you are prompted, log in.
Are you trying to use anonymous FTP?
Then use a username of
and then type anything as the password.
The server will ask for your e-mail address, but very
few servers verify if what you type looks valid.
Once connected, use the commands
dir to find your way around.
The first two work the same way they do on Linux/Unix
or in a Windows command window,
dir acts like Linux/Unix
(and therefore much like Window
Use the command
bin to make sure that
the server does not mangle your file with the unneeded
If you want some feedback that things are really
happening during an otherwise long and boring
(and mysterious!) download,
turn on the printing of a "#" for every kilobyte
downloaded with the
To get only one file named
ftp> get whatever
To get many files without being prompted to type
y" before each one:
ftp> prompt ftp> mget *.rpm *.tar.gz
Are you instead trying to upload files?
Then you want to use
Making Things Even Easier With
command can make things even easier!
You can just do this:
$ wget ftp://wherever.example.com/whatever
You can also use wild cards, if you are careful to hide them from the command shell:
$ wget 'ftp://wherever.example.com/w*pdf'
Real power users with plenty of disk space
wget to recursively pull down an
entire FTP archive:
$ wget -r ftp://wherever.example.com/
That command will create a new directory named
and populate it with all the subdirectories and files found
on that FTP server.
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