I need to download everything from an FTP server to hosting on a different server. I have shell access only to the server I’m downloading the files to. How, using the Linux FTP command, can I download every file, creating the directories needed for them in the process?
wget in this manner (m for mirroring):
wget -m ftp://username:[email protected]
If your username or password contains special characters, you may need to use the format:
wget -m --user=username --password=password ftp://ip.of.old.host
Alternatively, I found this guide which shows you how to do it using ncftp in Debian. You will require root access to the new server if ncftp is not installed already.
sudo apt-get install ncftp ncftpget –T –R –v –u "ftpuser" ftp.nixcraft.net /home/vivek/backup /www-data
Some FTP servers allow to download whole directories by suffixing their name with .tar or .tgz. The server then creates an archive of that directory.
Another way is to use
ftp. Here’s an example shell script using ftp:
#! /bin/bash ftp -n << 'EOF' open ftp.your_ftp_host.com quote USER your_username_here quote PASS your_password_here cd gets prompt no mget * . bye EOF