FAQ 9.25 How do I fetch/put an FTP file?


PerlFAQ Server

This is an excerpt from the latest version perlfaq9.pod, which
comes with the standard Perl distribution. These postings aim to
reduce the number of repeated questions as well as allow the community
to review and update the answers. The latest version of the complete
perlfaq is at http://faq.perl.org .


9.25: How do I fetch/put an FTP file?

(contributed by brian d foy)

The "LWP" family of modules (available on CPAN as the libwww-perl
distribution) can work with FTP just like it can with many other
protocols. "LWP::Simple" makes it quite easy to fetch a file:

use LWP::Simple;

my $data = get( 'ftp://some.ftp.site/some/file.txt' );

If you want more direct or low-level control of the FTP process, you can
use the "Net::FTP" module (in the Standard Library since Perl 5.8). It's
documentation has examples showing you just how to do that.


The perlfaq-workers, a group of volunteers, maintain the perlfaq. They
are not necessarily experts in every domain where Perl might show up,
so please include as much information as possible and relevant in any
corrections. The perlfaq-workers also don't have access to every
operating system or platform, so please include relevant details for
corrections to examples that do not work on particular platforms.
Working code is greatly appreciated.

If you'd like to help maintain the perlfaq, see the details in

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Members online

No members online now.

Forum statistics

Latest member

Latest Threads