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File Sharing Made Easy: FTP Command

You must have shared Images of your trip, songs or other files with your friends at some point in time, the need to share files efficiently is a common occurrence. But what if you find yourself in a situation where there’s no physical connection to the system you need to send files to? That’s precisely when I stumbled upon the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) command, a powerful tool that lets you send and receive files with ease over a network connection. In this article, I’ll share my discovery and explore the wonders of the FTP command in the Windows Command Prompt (CMD). You can also watch the video below to understand the FTP command better.

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Picture this: you need to send a crucial report to a colleague on the other side of the country, and you’re miles away from their office. With no physical connection or the luxury of sending a hard copy via traditional mail, you’re pondering how to bridge this digital gap. I also once faced this wall. Just when I thought I was out of options, I came across the FTP command. It was a revelation, a solution that could potentially address this file-sharing conundrum.

Understanding the syntax

Using the FTP command in CMD is surprisingly straightforward. Here’s how I took my first steps:

  1. Connect to the FTP Server in CMD: You need to establish a connection to the FTP server where you intend to send or receive files. To do this, simply type:
ftp <server address>

Replace <server_address> with the hostname or IP address of the FTP server you want to connect to.

2. Login: The FTP server will prompt you for a username and password. Provide the necessary credentials to log in successfully. Once logged in, you’ll see a prompt that confirms your connection to the FTP server.

3. Navigate Directories: You can use commands such as ‘ls’ to list the files and folders In the server and use ‘cd’ move between directories on the server, just as you would in your local file system.

4. Transfer Files:

a. To upload a file to the server, use the ‘put’ command. For instance:

put localfile.txt

b. To download a file from the server, use the ‘get’ command:

get remotefile.txt

5. Disconnect: When you’ve completed your file transfer, simply type ‘quit’ or ‘bye’ to end your FTP session.


Just as we have learnt in this article the FTP command in the CMD is a valuable tool for sending and receiving files when physical connection is not an option. It provides a straightforward way to transfer files over a network connection. However, it’s important to note that FTP doesn’t encrypt data in transit, so it may not be the most secure option for sensitive information. In such cases, consider using SFTP or FTPS for secure file transfers. Nevertheless, for many routine file-sharing tasks, FTP remains a reliable and convenient choice in our technology-driven world. For more articles like this visit our site at Batch-man, you can also join our Discord and YouTube community.

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