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hello I'm using Ubuntu Software Center 2.0.7 and I would like to copy a file from this machine over ftp. Can you please help me how to do it? I know in Windows I just open a windows explorer and type this: ftp.www.mysite.com then it will ask for the user name and password.

I would like to do the same in my Ubuntu linux but don't know how. Would appreciate your help. Thanks

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The easiest way to do this would be to open a terminal and use wget:

$ wget ftp://ftp.mysite.com/path/to/file

You need to replace "path/to/file/ with the path of the file you want to download. That is, the address where the file is found on the disk. So, to get a file called file.txt that is in sub directory foo of directory bar, you would write:

$ wget ftp://ftp.mysite.com/foo/bar/file.txt

If your ftp server requires a username and password:

$ wget ftp://username:password@ftp.mysite.com/foo/bar/file.txt

Replacing "username" and "password" with your actual username and password. Do not include the $ in any of these commands.

From the wget man page:

GNU Wget is a free utility for non-interactive download of files from the Web. It supports HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP protocols, as well as retrieval through HTTP proxies.

You can also use ftp from the command line:

$ ftp ftp.mysite.com

Enter your user name and password, then use put to upload the file:

ftp>put local_file remote_file

For example:

ftp>put Downloads/List/Song.mp3 Song.mp3

Do not include the ftp> in your command. That just indicates the ftp prompt.

Finally, you either use a normal browser (eg firefox) or install a graphical ftp client. My personal favorite is gftp:

$ sudo apt-get install gftp

Oh, and you are not using Ubuntu Software Center 2.0.7. That is just Ubuntu's software management app.

Note on terminology

When a terminal command is given, the symbol $ is used to indicate that it is a terminal command. See here for a discussion. It is not part of the actuall command. So, to tell you to run the command ls, I would write $ ls. You, however, should only type ls, without the $.

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Thanks for the 3 suggestions. I tried the first one, I opened the terminal and it says: "name@ubuntu@desktop: ~ $" then I entered "$ wget ftp.mysite.com/path/to/file"; it says Login incorrect. Do I need to include the "/path/to/file" I don't understand this bit. Thanks –  tintincutes Aug 26 '12 at 15:39
I'm wondering how to copy it to the ftp server if it's in the root. Can I write it like this: "ftp> get /Downloads/FolderA/Song.mp3/to/root" –  tintincutes Aug 26 '12 at 15:47
@tintincutes Sorry, I forgot you are new to Linux. I have updated my anwer. –  terdon Aug 26 '12 at 15:54
Thanks. But I always get a message not a directory. Am I doing something wrong? –  tintincutes Aug 26 '12 at 16:03
@tintincutes using which command? Since you are not comfortable with the terminal, why don't you use firefox? Or, better, install gftp? –  terdon Aug 26 '12 at 16:05

In Nautilus or Firefox, you can input in the address bar:

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alternately you can try fireftp addon in firefox. its a great ftp tool. works in a new tab of your firefox browser. download Fireftp

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