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By default, FTP Client is available on Windows Computer. You can using FTP Commands on Command Prompt or PowerShell to transfer any data to and from a computer running a File Transfer Protocol Server.

FTP is not an encrypted transmission, which means anyone could read any data sent over it. For secure data transmission, FTP is secured by SSL/TLS (FTPS) or replaced by SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP).

FTP Syntax and Parameters

Below is the list of the commands available when you are using Windows command-line FTP Client.

ftp [-v] [-d] [-i] [-n] [-g] [-s:filename] [-a] [-w:windowsize] [computer] 
-vSuppresses display of remote server responses.
-dEnables debugging, displaying all commands passed between the FTP client and FTP server.
-iDisables interactive prompting during multiple file transfers.
-nSuppresses auto-login upon initial connection.
-gDisables file name globbing. Glob permits the use of the asterisk (*) and question mark (?) as wildcard characters in local file and path names. For more information, see additional references.
-s:Specifies a text file that contains ftp commands. These commands run automatically after ftpstarts. This parameter allows no spaces. Use this parameter instead of redirection (<). Note:In Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 or later operating systems, the text file must be written in UTF-8.
-aSpecifies that any local interface can be used when binding the ftp data connection.
-ALogs onto the ftp server as anonymous.
-x:Overrides the default SO_SNDBUF size of 8192.
-r:Overrides the default SO_RCVBUF size of 8192.
-b:Overrides the default async buffer count of 3.
-w:Specifies the size of the transfer buffer. The default window size is 4096 bytes.
-?Displays help at the command prompt.
Specifies the computer name, IP address, or IPv6 address of the ftp server to which to connect. The host name or address, if specified, must be the last parameter on the line.

There are some information for the FTP commands:

  • ftp command-line parameters are case-sensitive
  • this command is available only if TCP/IP protocol is installed
  • ftp supports IPv6 when the IPv6 protocol installed

Connect using FTP

To connect to an FTP Server, you can easily open Command Prompt or PowerShell and type FTP and press enter. Once the ftp client is opened, run the following command:

open [ftpserver] [port]

For example, you want to connect to ftp server on server using default port, you can run the command below on your PowerShell or Command Prompt:


Once the connection to the FTP server established, a username and password prompt will appear.

FTP command connect
FTP Connect

Example FTP Commands

FTP CommandDescription of Command
!This command toggles back and forth between the operating system and ftp. Once back in the operating system, typing exit takes you back to the FTP command line.
?Accesses the Help screen.
appendAppend text to a local file.
asciiSwitch to ASCII transfer mode.
bellTurns bell mode on or off.
binarySwitches to binary transfer mode.
byeExits from FTP.
cdChanges directory.
closeExits from FTP.
deleteDeletes a file.
debugSets debugging on or off.
dirLists files, if connected.
dir -C = lists the files in wide format.
dir -1 = Lists the files in bare format in alphabetic order.
dir -r = Lists directory in reverse alphabetic order.
dir -R = Lists all files in current directory and sub directories.
dir -S = Lists files in bare format in alphabetic order.
disconnectExits from FTP.
getGet file from the remote computer.
globSets globbing on or off. When turned off, the file name in the put and get commands is taken literally, and wildcards will not be looked at.
hashSets hash mark printing on or off. When turned on, for each 1024 bytes of data received, a hash-mark (#) is displayed.
helpAccesses the Help screen and displays information about the command if the command is typed after help.
lcdDisplays local directory if typed alone or if path typed after lcd will change the local directory.
literalSends a literal command to the connected computer with an expected one-line response.
lsLists files of the remotely connected computer.
mdeleteMultiple delete.
mdirLists contents of multiple remote directories.
mgetGet multiple files.
mkdirMake directory.
mlsLists contents of multiple remote directories.
mputSend multiple files.
openOpens address.
promptEnables or disables the prompt.
putSend one file.
pwdPrint working directory.
quitExits from FTP.
quoteSame as the literal command.
recvReceive file.
remotehelpGet help from remote server.
renameRenames a file.
rmdirRemoves a directory on the remote computer.
sendSend single file.
statusShows status of currently enabled and disabled options.
traceToggles packet tracing.
TypeSet file transfer type.
userSend new user information.
verboseSets verbose on or off.

Below some examples for the list of the FTP Commands above.

Send and Receive File in FTP

To send a file from your local computer to the remote FTP server after you connected, use the send command. Below the example command to send testfile.txt to the current working directory.

ftp> send testfile.txt

To get a file from the remote FTP server, you can use get command to do it. Below the example command to copy testfile.txt from the current working directory to your local directory.

ftp> get testfile.txt

Terminate FTP Session and Exit

We can terminate the current FTP session and exit from FTP shell with exit command.

ftp> close

Delete Remote File

We can delete the remote file with delete command. Below is the example to delete a file named testfile.txt

ftp> delete testfile.txt