Access FTP Server using Windows Command Prompt

Earlier we have posted about FileZilla Client, a free FTP client for Windows, which can be used to access your FTP server and transfer files on it. We also saw how we could use NotePad++, a Notepad alternative for Windows, to access the FTP server. In this post we are going to discuss how to access FTP using command prompt.

The Windows command prompt allows accessing server using FTP through its FTP command. As soon as you establish connection to your server you can transfer files from your PC and also can download from it, simply by using commands. I will also list some of the FTP commands that will be helpful throughout.

Access FTP Server using Command Prompt

Here are the steps which will show you how to use FTP from the Command Prompt:

Step1: Launch command prompt and move to the directory where all your files are located. Because this is the place from which you can move your files to server and download it on the same folder

Step2: Enter the command

ftp domainname

example: ftp

Step 3: Enter the username when asked, followed by the password.

Step 4: You can see the connection being established. Now you are allowed to perform actions on your files on the sever.

These are the FTP commands:

To get the complete list of FTP commands, you can use “Help”. This command does not require a connection to a remote system.

  • Help : Request a list of all available FTP commands.
  • ascii: to turn on ascii mode.
  • status: to display how the current FTP session is configured.
  • prompt: to turn on/off interactive mode.
  • ls: directory listing equivalent to dir.
  • ls -l: long directory listing, more detail.
  • pwd: Display current directory name
  • cd: Change directory.
  • lcd: change the local current directory.
  • get: download the file from the FTP server.
  • put: upload file to the server on at a time.
  • mget: download multiple files from the FTP server.
  • mput: upload multiple files to the FTP server.
  • binary: to turn on binary mode.
  • delete: delete any file on FTP server.
  • mkdir: to make directory on FTP server.
  • ascii : Set the file transfer mode to ASCII (Note: this is the default mode for most FTP programs).
  • quit/close/bye/disconnect: disconnect from the FTP server.
  • ! : Preceding a command with the exclamation point will cause the command to execute on the local system instead of the remote system.

Uploading file to server

To upload a file enter the command:

put filename

Now you can view the uploaded file by entering the URL, thus:

Let me know if you have any questions.

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