Using Terminal as FTP Client


Ok so you have installed Ubuntu and loved the pretty and easy Gnome interface, now what? May be you are thinking, that this Ubuntu is just another operating system. It is indeed just another operating system. But, this one is a Debian Linux based operating system. Sooner or later you are going to realize that your OS is equipped with powerful tools and utilities. Most of these power tools and utilities show their true powers when they are run from the Terminal.

For example there is an FTP client that you can run from Terminal.

$ ftp
ftp> open
Connected to
220 ProFTPD 1.3.0rc2 Server (YourHost FTP) [XXX.XXX.XXX.XX]
Name ( yourusername
331 Password required for yourusername.
230 User yourusername logged in.
Remote system type is UNIX.
Using binary mode to transfer files.

Playing with this ftp tool for a while would make you feel that it is not all that powerful. So you need a powerful ftp tool that you can run from Terminal? Try ncftp.

$ sudo apt-get install ncftp

and then:

$ ncftp
NcFTP 3.2.0 (Aug 05, 2006) by Mike Gleason (

Want something even more powerful? Well you have ssh but to use ssh your remote host should have SSH enabled.

$ ssh [email protected]
[email protected]'s password:

Using Terminal gives you the power to do things quickly. Head over to The Linux Terminal – a Beginners’ Bash and learn to do things the Linux way.

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