Some pointers about using ftp using commands


Some pointers about using ftp using commands

File Transfer Protocol (ftp for short) is a method of transferring files from one computer to another, over the tcp/ip network. There are some software tools like filezilla which is a nice front end used to manage ftp communications using a nice user friendly user interface. This post discusses using ftp commands directly, without using tools like filezilla.

Filezilla is a great interface, however …

ftp commandsFilezilla is a great interface. If you use ftp on any sort of regular basis, you may find it of use to use a ftp tool like filezilla. If you only use ftp on a very irregular basis, like once or twice a month or less, and you only want to transfer a few files, then maybe using ftp commands directly may be the route to go.

Get your ftp access information to access your website

Your hosting provider may be able to provide ftp access to your site. You need to get an ftp user name and associated password.

Here my website is hosted within SiteRubix within Wealthy Affiliate. (See my review of Wealthy Affiliate here.) I enter into my Wealthy Affiliate account, take the SiteRubix option, then Site Domain. Then against the applicable domain name, click on the view option against domain access. The required information is displayed there.

Using ftp commands

On your PC get to a command line. Different PCs have different ways of getting to a command line.
On my machine, it is Start, All Programs, Accessories, Command Prompt)

Enter the following command:
ftp and Press ENTER
Assuming your PC has ftp installed, the ftp prompt is displayed.
Prompted for user: Enter your ftp user name and Press ENTER
Note that ftp user Name may be case sensitive, for example David is not the same as DAvid
Prompted for password: Enter the required password (which is usually case sensitive) and Press ENTER
The ftp prompt is displayed
Use the ftp help function for additional information
Enter help in lower case and Press Enter
See a list of ftp commands
Enter help and Press ENTER
help rename (provides more information on the rename command)
help dir (provides more information on the directory command)
Enter dir in lower case and Press ENTER
Enter cd and Press ENTER
Use the ftp rename command to rename the files
Use the dir command to check that the rename worked
When done, use the ftp bye command to exit ftp

If you have any applicable input to this, please be sure to leave your applicable input below. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Some pointers about using ftp using commands”

  1. Coolio. I didn’t even know I had this facility on my PC. Yeah, it’ll be definitely worth checking out because I can think of several uses for it. Will you be doing more stuff like this?
    I’m looking forward to your next piece. Cheers

    • Hi Eoin,

      Thanks for the feedback and for dropping by.

      Yes, I will be doing more stuff like this. If you have any similar questions, let me know and I see if I can write anything about it. Not promising anything, however if I can answer your question in a post, I will give it a go.

      Kind Regards,

  2. Hi David. Thanks for that. I don’t have anything specific to ask you right now, but I’ll definitely check in now and then for info., and if I do have any questions I’ll get back to you.

    • Hi Eoin,

      Thanks for dropping by my website again and thanks for your feedback.


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