Microsoft FTP Client (console) transfers files to and from your computer running an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server service such as Internet Information Services. FTP can be used interactively or in batch mode by processing ASCII text files.

How to open FTP client?

Active@ Boot Disk shell: Start > Internet > FTP Client and the FTP Client DOS session appears.

FTP Client Syntax and Parameters

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

The parameters of the FTP command

-v Suppresses the display of FTP server responses.
-d Enables debugging, displaying all commands passed between the FTP client and FTP server.
-j 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.
-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.
boot disk note
  • a hyphen (-) rather than a slash (/) for prefix ftp parameters
  • 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 sub environment in which you can use FTP commands. You can return to the command prompt by typing the quit command. When the FTP sub environment is running, it is indicated by the FTP > command prompt.
  • FTP supports the use of IPv6 when the IPv6 protocol is installed. For more information, see IP version 6 and IPv6 applications.