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Using the Windows Command Line FTP Client  -  KB Article #1282

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To use command prompt click on Start then select Run and type in cmd (Windows NT/2000/XP) or command (Windows 9x/ME). This should give you a blank c:\> prompt. To use this prompt to connect to an FTP Server do the following.

  1. Type in ftp and press Enter.
  2. Type in open and press Enter.
  3. Type in the IP Address or domain you wish to connect to and press Enter.
  4. You should then see the server respond and ask you for your user name. Type in your user name and press Enter.
  5. The server will then ask you for your password. Type in your password and then press Enter.

After the server accepts your user name and password you cna sent FTP commands to the server. Some common commands used by the command line client are Put, Get, Dir, and CD. Below there is an example of a successful login via the command line.

ftp> open
Connected to
220 Serv-U FTP Server v4.2 for WinSock ready...
User ( user_name
331 User name okay, need password.
230 User logged in, proceed.
ftp> dir

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