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Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2


Transfers files to and from a computer running a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server service such as Internet Information Services. Ftp can be used interactively or in batch mode by processing ASCII text files.


ftp [-v] [-d] [-i] [-n] [-g] [-s:FileName] [-a] [-w:WindowSize] [-A] [Host]

  • -v
    Suppresses the display of FTP server responses.
  • -d
    Enables debugging, displaying all commands passed between the FTP client and FTP server.
  • -i
    Disables interactive prompting during multiple file transfers.
  • -n
    Suppresses the ability to log on automatically when the initial connection is made.
  • -g
    Disables 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 Related Topics.
  • -s: FileName
    Specifies a text file that contains ftp commands. These commands run automatically after ftp starts. This parameter allows no spaces. Use this parameter instead of redirection (<).
  • -a
    Specifies that any local interface can be used when binding the FTP data connection.
  • -w: WindowSize
    Specifies the size of the transfer buffer. The default window size is 4096 bytes.
  • -A
    Logs onto the FTP server as anonymous.
  • Host
    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.
  • /?
    Displays help at the command prompt.
  • You must prefix ftp parameters with a hyphen (-) rather than a slash (/).

  • Ftp command-line parameters are case-sensitive.

  • This command is available only if the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) protocol is installed as a component in the properties of a network adapter in Network Connections.

  • Ftp can be used interactively. After it is started, ftp creates a subenvironment in which you can use ftp commands. You can return to the command prompt by typing the quit command. When the ftp subenvironment is running, it is indicated by the ftp > command prompt.

  • For more information about ftp subcommands, see Related Topics.

  • Ftp supports the use of IPv6 when the IPv6 protocol is installed. For more information, see Related Topics.


To log on to the FTP server named, type:


To anonymously log on to the FTP server named, type:

ftp -A

To log on to the FTP server named and run the ftp commands contained in a file named Resynch.txt, type:

ftp -s:resynch.txt

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See Also


Ftp subcommands
IP Version 6
IPv6 applications
Command-line reference A-Z
Command shell overview