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List of FTP commands

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Below is a list of FTP commands that may be sent to an FTP server, including all commands that are standardized in RFC 959 by the IETF. All commands below are RFC 959 based unless stated otherwise. Note that most command-line FTP clients present their own set of commands to users. For example, GET is the common user command to download a file instead of the raw command RETR.

Command RFC Description
ABOR   Abort an active file transfer.
ACCT   Account information.
ADAT RFC 2228 Authentication/Security Data
ALLO   Allocate sufficient disk space to receive a file.
APPE   Append.
AUTH RFC 2228 Authentication/Security Mechanism
CCC RFC 2228 Clear Command Channel
CDUP   Change to Parent Directory.
CONF RFC 2228 Confidentiality Protection Command
CWD   Change working directory.
DELE   Delete file.
ENC RFC 2228 Privacy Protected Channel
EPRT RFC 2428 Specifies an extended address and port to which the server should connect.
EPSV RFC 2428 Enter extended passive mode.
FEAT RFC 2389 Get the feature list implemented by the server.
HELP   Returns usage documentation on a command if specified, else a general help document is returned.
LANG RFC 2640 Language Negotiation
LIST   Returns information of a file or directory if specified, else information of the current working directory is returned.
LPRT RFC 1639 Specifies a long address and port to which the server should connect.
LPSV RFC 1639 Enter long passive mode.
MDTM RFC 3659 Return the last-modified time of a specified file.
MIC RFC 2228 Integrity Protected Command
MKD   Make directory.
MLSD RFC 3659 Lists the contents of a directory if a directory is named.
MLST RFC 3659 Provides data about exactly the object named on its command line, and no others.
MODE   Sets the transfer mode (Stream, Block, or Compressed).
NLST   Returns a list of file names in a specified directory.
NOOP   No operation (dummy packet; used mostly on keepalives).
OPTS RFC 2389 Select options for a feature.
OPTS_UTF8 or OPTS <SP> UTF-8 RFC 2026(Draft 2002) UTF-8 Option for FTP
PASS   Authentication password.
PASV   Enter passive mode.
PBSZ RFC 2228 Protection Buffer Size
PORT   Specifies an address and port to which the server should connect.
PROT RFC 2228 Data Channel Protection Level.
PWD   Print working directory. Returns the current directory of the host.
QUIT   Disconnect.
REIN   Re initializes the connection.
REST   Restart transfer from the specified point.
RETR   Retrieve a copy of the file
RMD   Remove a directory.
RNFR   Rename from.
RNTO   Rename to.
SITE   Sends site specific commands to remote server.
SIZE RFC 3659 Return the size of a file.
SMNT   Mount file structure.
STAT   Returns the current status.
STOR   Accept the data and to store the data as a file at the server site
STOU   Store file uniquely.
STRU   Set file transfer structure.
SYST   Return system type.
TYPE   Sets the transfer mode (ASCII/Binary).
USER   Authentication username.
XCUP RFC 775 Change to the parent of the current working directory
XMKD RFC 775 Make a directory
XPWD RFC 775 Print the current working directory
XRCP RFC 743  
XRMD RFC 775 Remove the directory
XRSQ RFC 743  
XSEM RFC 737 Send, mail if cannot
XSEN RFC 737 Send to terminal