Upload File to FTP Server via Command Shell

How to FTP using Windows Command Prompt

Go to the Start Menu and Click Run…

In the Run dialog box, type cmd and click OK


The Windows Command Prompt will open. Type the following command to connect to your server:

ftp yourdomain.com

Where yourdomain.com is your domain or the FTP Server IP Address found in the HELM Control Panel under the FTP Account Details.


Once you hit Enter it will attempt to connect to the server. If it is successful, you will be prompted for a Username and Password. Enter the FTP username and password information to login.

Once you have Logged in, you should see a line like ftp>

To list the Directory Contents, use the command dir


You have successfully connected to your server through FTP using Windows Command Prompt.

More FTP Commands:

ABOR – abort a file transfer
CWD – change working directory
DELE – delete a remote file
LIST – list remote files
MDTM – return the modification time of a file
MKD – make a remote directory
NLST – name list of remote directory
PASS – send password
PASV – enter passive mode
PORT – open a data port
PWD – print working directory
QUIT – terminate the connection
RETR – retrieve a remote file
RMD – remove a remote directory
RNFR – rename from
RNTO – rename to
SITE – site-specific commands
SIZE – return the size of a file
STOR – store a file on the remote host
TYPE – set transfer type
USER – send username

Automating File Uploads

Create a commands file (in my example it is named commands.txt).

Type the following in your commands.txt:



Any commands starting with “!” will be executed on the local server rather than the remote server. Remove the line marked in Red if you would like to keep the files on the source server after the upload has been finished.

To execute these commands type in the windows command prompt:

ftp -s:commands.txt

This command will execute the script.

If you would like to automate the file upload, create a MS-DOS batch file with notepad ( extension needs to be .cmd or .bat) and save the above FTP command. You can now use this file to create scheduled tasks and run it at specific intervals.

To find out how to use VBScript instead, check out yesterday’s article on FTP File Uploads.


Upload file to FTP Server via VBS Script

We always requirements to put files on a server without installing additional software on the source server.

An easy way to accomplish this is by using VBS (Visual Basic Scripts).


Using Chilkat FTP

One method is to use the Chilkat FTP Software (1 license costs about $289). You can install a 30-day trial version by clicking here.


Dim fso, outFile
Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set outFile = fso.CreateTextFile("output.txt", True)

' This CreateObject statement uses the new single-DLL ActiveX for v9.5.0
set ftp = CreateObject("Chilkat_9_5_0.Ftp2")

'  Any string unlocks the component for the 1st 30-days.
success = ftp.UnlockComponent("Anything for 30-day trial")
If (success <> 1) Then
End If

ftp.Hostname = "ftp.chilkatsoft.com"
ftp.Username = "****"
ftp.Password = "****"

'  The default data transfer mode is "Active" as opposed to "Passive".

'  Connect and login to the FTP server.
success = ftp.Connect()
If (success <> 1) Then
End If

'  Change to the remote directory where the file will be uploaded.
success = ftp.ChangeRemoteDir("junk")
If (success <> 1) Then
End If

'  Upload a file.
localFilename = "c:/temp/hamlet.xml"
remoteFilename = "hamlet.xml"

success = ftp.PutFile(localFilename,remoteFilename)
If (success <> 1) Then
End If


MsgBox "File Uploaded!"

Free Version

The example VBS script below shows how to upload and save a local file to a remote webserver using Microsoft VBS scripting. The upload method in this example is HTTP PUT, meaning that the webserver needs to be WebDAV-enabled. Since file upload is typically password-protected, the script implements access with basic authentication.

' https-upload.vbs 1.0  @2009 by Frank4dd http://www.frank4dd.com/howto
' This script demonstrates a file upload to a WebDAV enabled webserver,
' using https (and proxy settings from IE) with basic web authentication
' Original authors and code references:
' - "ASP - File upload with HTTP Put" by Martin Clark
' This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. You may redistribute
' copies of it under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

' Global Constants and Variables
Const scriptVer  = "1.0"
Const UploadDest = "https://mywebdavserver.com/uploadurl"
Const UploadFile = "localpath-and-file"
Const UploadUser = "username"
Const UploadPass = "password"
Const UploadType = "binary"
dim strURL

function sendit()
  sData = getFileBytes(UploadFile, UploadType)
  sfileName= mid(UploadFile, InstrRev(UploadFile,"")+1,len(UploadFile))

  dim xmlhttp
  set xmlhttp=createobject("MSXML2.XMLHTTP.3.0")
  strURL = UploadDest & "/" & UploadFile
  msgbox "Upload-URL: " & strURL
  xmlhttp.Open "PUT", strURL, false, UploadUser, UploadPass
  xmlhttp.Send sData
  Wscript.Echo "Upload-Status: " & xmlhttp.statusText
  set xmlhttp=Nothing
End function

function showresult()
  Wscript.Echo "Complete. Check upload success at: " & strURL
end function

function getFileBytes(flnm, sType)
  Dim objStream
  Set objStream = CreateObject("ADODB.Stream")
  if sType="binary" then
    objStream.Type = 1 ' adTypeBinary
    objStream.Type = 2 ' adTypeText
    objStream.Charset ="ascii"
  end if
  objStream.LoadFromFile flnm
  if sType="binary" then
    getFileBytes=objStream.Read 'read binary'
    getFileBytes= objStream.ReadText 'read ascii'
  end if
  Set objStream = Nothing
end function

' End Function Defs, Start Main
' Get cmdline params and initialize variables
If Wscript.Arguments.Named.Exists("h") Then
  Wscript.Echo "Usage: https-upload.vbs"
  Wscript.Echo "version " & scriptVer
End If

' End Main