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I am currently trying to migrate my website from one host to a newer one. What FTP client allows direct server to server transfer without me physically downloading the files to my computer.

Any other means of doing the same without the use of an FTP client? Or let me rephrase that. Is there a better way of doing server to server transfer of files?

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Look for a client that supports "FXP". If supported by the server, this allows FTP-to-FTP connections without passing through the client.

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do you know of any such client? I don't mind it being paid too.. – rzlines Nov 23 '10 at 18:38
Nope, sorry. I usually ssh in and rsync the files over. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Nov 23 '10 at 18:39
FXP is the best way: FlashFXP ( will do this for you. – Chris Nov 23 '10 at 18:47
do you have a reason why it is "best"...does it offer encryption for files in transit or something?(sarcasm on the encryption part) – RobotHumans Nov 23 '10 at 18:50

ssh from one server to the other and use scp

on windows you can use putty to connect to the server you want to copy from like so:

then typing:

ssh username@host_ip_to_be_copied_to
#enter password when prompted
scp username@host_ip_to_be_copied_from:path_to_be_copied_from
#enter password when prompted
#wait until complete


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@aking1012 : sounds like greek and latin to me, could you elaborate and by the way I'm using shared hosting accounts. – rzlines Nov 23 '10 at 18:37
what host OS are you using? (your computer) – RobotHumans Nov 23 '10 at 18:39
I use Windows 7 on my computer, and I have 2 linux shared hosting accounts. – rzlines Nov 23 '10 at 18:42
edited to make it a bit more clear...this is a command line solution – RobotHumans Nov 23 '10 at 18:46
Note that shared hosting doesn't always provide SSH access; you'll need to verify with both sides first. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Nov 23 '10 at 18:50

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