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I want to copy a file from FTP and paste it to my local system. I want to run this through a batch file. I am trying this for a week. But I couldn't find the solution. Anyone help me please....

This is my actual work

Want to copy a file named "Friday.bat" from (with username and password) So I use the below coding:

@echo off
@ftp -i -s:"%~f0"&GOTO:EOF
((((pasword entered here)))))
get Friday.bat 


ftp> @echo off
ftp> @ftp -i -s:"%~f0"&GOTO:EOF
Invalid command.
ftp> open
Connected to
220 Welcome to ABL FTP service.
User (
331 Please specify the password.

230 Login successful.
ftp> binary
200 Switching to Binary mode.
ftp> get Friday.bat
200 PORT command successful. Consider using PASV.
550 Failed to open file.
ftp> pause

Finally, a file named Friday.bat is copied to my local system with 0 bytes, but it will not open.

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What kind of firewall(s) do you have between the FTP server and client? Generally, how are they configured? – Chris S Nov 21 '11 at 13:22
I would recommend trying WinSCP which has some nice scripting features. – Brett Anspach Nov 21 '11 at 18:02
I am not using any firewall – Phillips Nov 30 '11 at 13:54
While trying to pull the files using ftp, make sure you are on the correct folder/path on the FTP server side. – Allen Philip Abraham Feb 19 at 10:24

2 Answers 2

Make sure you can download the file manually with your favorite brand of FTP client. If it doesn't work, the problem seems to be on the server side: the FTP Server cannot access the file, for whatever reason (permissions?). If it does, make sure the process executing your batch file has write permission in the current directory, or better, do change the directory prior to downloading.

Pro's would create a temporary directory and and process the file there (but be sure to lock down this directory and clean up afterwards).

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ftp doesn't like line two... is it necessary?

Error 550 is thrown if either the file doesn't exist, or you do not have correct permissions to the file. Make sure you have global read rights to the file, or that you use the user command to login with a known local user to the remote machine that has access rights to the file. Ensure these conditions are correct.

That should fix your problem.

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