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I want to download a folder which contains hundreds of files that are hosted on an ftp server to my Windows 7 desktop. I've never used ftp before, so I am not sure where to start.

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Navigate to FTP site, Page menu->View in Explorer, Copy files to desktop. Or get a real client like Filezilla. – Chris S Jul 19 '11 at 17:42
@ChrisS confirmed, if you start in Internet Explorer, that works well! – Jeff Atwood Mar 5 '15 at 7:51
up vote 14 down vote accepted

FTP protocol doesn't support directory download. Most FTP clients (AFAIK, not including standard command line tools "ftp") allow to download directories by getting their listing recursively and downloading files one by one automatically.

There is a plenty of different clients. For instance, filezilla - free and open source.

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you can also use the mget command if you are limited to command line and there is no directory structure – Zypher Jul 19 '11 at 18:34
If you come here from Google, make sure to read the answer below, which notes that even the built-in Explorer can do this, without having to install an additional tool. – FvD Jun 9 '15 at 5:47

I use WinHTTrack website copier or Offline browser, which download files from site.

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Isn't WinHTTrack used to copy websites? I personally suggest using a client such as filezilla considering there are lots of files to grab via FTP. and – Richie086 Dec 6 '13 at 23:01

Map network drive your FTP location - explained here then you can open it using explorer. Copy your folder as usual -- Thiru

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  1. Open an Explorer window. Click on the Start menu, then select My Computer.
  2. Type the ftp url in the the address bar. For example:
  3. If a login is necessary, a dialog box will appear.
  4. A listing of all directories and files of the server will appear.
  5. Copy the files just as you would with a normal folder.
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woo! nice.. i never knew that. +1 – user178744 Mar 21 '13 at 20:28
IMHO This is the answer. – seebiscuit Feb 16 '15 at 22:13
If a login is necessary, a dialog box will appear. - this didn't happen for me. Instead, I needed to do – Dave Salomon Feb 26 '15 at 10:31
+1 for the simple answer. good. – Abdelhafid Madoui May 28 '15 at 7:41

If you archive (zip) the directory, you can get the archive and unzip it locally.

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