FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is useful for moving computer files (text, software, pictures, etc.) from a remote computer to your local workstation or vice-versa. There are clients available specifically for FTP file transferring, which can sometimes offer a user-friendly graphical interface. However, if you rather do everything through command line, you can use applications such as the Command Prompt to transfer files through FTP.
WS_FTP LE (limited edition) is a standard FTP client for Winsock. WS_FTP LE is shareware, available for free to educational users and non-business home users. It has an easy-to-use graphical interface and advanced features. It is also already installed on all campus computers.
To use WS_FTP:
- After logging into a workstation, go to Start > Programs > Network Services > WS_FTP. Click the file inside the folder to open WS_FTP95 LE.
- As the program opens, a Sessions Properties window will appear with various fields to fill in:
Profile Name Once a session has been created, all the details for the session can be saved under the Profile Name for quicker access on subsequent uses of WS_FTP. If a session has been saved, you can just select the session from the list of profile names. This will automatically fill in the rest of the fields with the values used in the previous session. Host Name/Address You must enter the remote computer’s Internet address. Host Type Optional to fill in. You can keep the default “Automatic detect” User ID and Password Enter your valid user ID and password for the server you are trying to connect. Make sure Anonymous Login box is not checked. Anonymous Login You must enter the remote computer’s Internet address. Account and Comment Optional to fill in
Click on the OK button to connect.
- Once connected, the Session Properties window will close, displaying the main window for WS_FTP. There are two sections in this window: The local system (your workstation) and the remote site (e.g. learn.senecac.on.ca). Both sections have windows showing the contents of the current directory (subdirectories or drives on the top and files below). You can change the current directory by double clicking on a subdirectory, or clicking on the.ChgDir button and typing in a directory.
- Before transferring your files, you have to specify the file type. There are 3 options to choose from: ASCII, Binary and Auto. ASCII files are plain text files. Binary files are software, graphics, word processor, spread-sheet or other files which contain control characters. Click on ASCII for ASCII files, and click on Binary for Binary files. If you are transferring both types of files at the same time, click on the Auto button.
- Select a file for transfer by clicking on its name. It can be from either the remote server or the local directory.
- Depending on which file is selected, clicking on the left arrow between the Local System and Remote Site sections will cause the selected file on the remote server to be transferred to your current local directory, and clicking on the right arrow will send selected files from the local directory to your directory on the server.
- When you are finished, clicking on the close button will end the remote FTP session.
- To connect to the FTP server, enter ftp followed by the server address, and then login with your username and password.
- Some basic commands of FTP in Command Prompt are:
help View a listing of commands available to use. dir View the contents folder including all files and folder. cd folder name Go into a specific folder. pwd View the path of the current directory that you are in. ren test.txt seneca.tx Renames a file called test.txt to seneca.txt del filename.xyz Delete a specific file (Enter the filename and its extension). del “filename.xyz” Delete a file that starts with a space(s), double quote is needed when entering the filename and the exact number of space(s).
- To upload a file to the ftp location
- Enter put.
- Enter the complete path of where your file is located.
- Enter the complete path of where you want your file to be located, leave it blank if you want the file to save in the current directory.
- To download a file from the ftp location
- Enter get
- Enter the complete path of where your file is in the ftp
- Enter the complete path of where you want to save your file in the local computer