If you are comfortable with a command line, you can use a command prompt or terminal window to ftp files. (Command prompts really aren’t that scary, as you’ll soon see!) Using the ‘help’ command from within ftp will provide more commands than I will outline here, but this should be enough to get you started.
This howto outlines the places where input is required in red.
IMPORTANT: First off, change your directory into the location of the file, or files, that you wish to upload.
ftp ftp.aulithotech.org: This is the command that will invoke your connection to our FTP server. Type this into a command prompt, or Terminal window, followed by your username and password.
bin: This turns on binary mode. If you don’t use this command, there is a good chance the files you transfer will become corrupt.
hash: Print hash (#) marks while transfers are in progress. This is just so you can see that progress is being made.
prompt: Turn off interactive mode, which just means if you’re uploading a number of files with the “mput” command, you don’t have to type ‘yes’ for every file that you transfer. I find that this can be extremely helpful.
Now that you’re logged in and things are set up, you are ready to transfer some files!
mkdir <foldername>: Make a directory (eg: folder), to put your files into.
cd <foldername>: Change directory into that folder.
put <filename> or mput <filename with wildcards>: This command will upload a file from the directory that you typed “ftp <hostname>”. You can change the directory from ftp by using the ‘lcd’ command. (local change directory)
That’s it! That’s all there is to it! Good luck, and enjoy!