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Linux HOWTO : Command line based FTP

Posted in Linux / Unix by akamal on January 30, 2007

The general guide below caters for the case of Windows machine accessing a remote linux machine. Initial assumption is that you must have an account accessible to the linux machine.

Go to command prompt, or cmd.exe. Type command below: (You have to know the linux machine’s IP address though, e.g 10.x.x.x)
> ftp
> open 10.xx.xx.xx

If asked for username and password, just enter according to your linux account. Type lcd to check the current local directory in windows, where transferred file will be download to.
> lcd

To change the local current directory, simply type
> lcd c:\you_target_directory\

Now to operate yourself inside the remote linux, use commands below
> ls

To list out the current directory and files, use [options] for advanced controls.
> pwd
Show the current remote linux directory you’re in.

Now to copy files, simply type:
> get file_name
The file will then be transferred to your local current directory.

It is useful to turn off interactive mode, just type below:
> prompt

Finally, to download a bath of files, or all files under that particular directory, just type:
> mget *

ADDED: If you’re required to login, just type
> user
Next just type your username, it will ask for password, then enter your password.

Most people would just use an FTP client to interactively upload / download their files, but it doesn’t hurt to know the basic commands in this context. Recently, I’ve been hit with the command-line virus, making me typing-frenzy, it’s type, type, type!

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