How To Ftp In Linux

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a standard network protocol used to transfer files between a client and server over a network. It is widely used in Linux systems for its reliability and ease of use. In this blog post, we will explore the process of using FTP in Linux.


Before we begin, you will need to have access to a Linux system and have FTP installed on your machine. If FTP is not installed, you can install it using the following command:

sudo apt-get install ftp

Using FTP

To start using FTP, we need to connect to the FTP server. Open your terminal and type the following command:

ftp hostname

Replace “hostname” with your FTP server’s hostname.

Once connected, you will be asked for your username and password. Enter these as prompted. Now, you should be in the FTP command prompt, which looks something like this: ftp>.

FTP Commands

Below are some commonly used FTP commands:

  • ls: List the files and directories in the current directory on the server.
  • cd: Change the current directory on the server.
  • get: Download a file from the server.
  • put: Upload a file to the server.
  • quit: Close the FTP connection.

Downloading Files

To download a file from the FTP server, use the get command followed by the filename. For example:

get myfile.txt

Uploading Files

To upload a file to the FTP server, use the put command followed by the filename. For example:

put myfile.txt


FTP is a powerful tool for file transfer in Linux. With a basic understanding of FTP commands, you can easily upload and download files from an FTP server. As with any tool, practice makes perfect, so feel free to explore and experiment with FTP!