How to use FileZilla via console?

I was reading a tutorial on FileZilla where it was mentioned that “On Debian-based Linux distributions, like Ubuntu, you can alternatively install FileZilla using the APT package manager:”

I used the command sudo apt-get install filezilla. It appears that it was installed, so how do I use it now?

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April 4, 2022

Hi @aecsp2000,

what Bobby has written is perfectly valid, let me just add some suggestions. You can also use the commands rsync and scp. They are even faster than FileZilla and have a lot of options you can explore on them.

Bobby Iliev
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April 3, 2022


I personally haven’t used Filezilla via the command line, I think that they offer a CLI version but I think that it is possible to be only available with their Pro plans:

What you could do instead is to use wget to transfer files over FTP via your terminal directly:

  • Access the directory where you would like to download your files to using the cd command

  • Then initiate the transfer:

wget -mbr --user="" --password="YOUR_PASSWORD" "*"

The arguments:

  • -m - This option turns on recursion and time-stamping, sets infinite recursion depth and keeps FTP directory listings.
  • -b - Go to background immediately after startup. If no output file is specified via the -o, output is redirected to wget-log.
  • -r - Recursively

For more information you can check the answer here:

Hope that this helps!



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