How to: Download Files with FTP


This sample shows how to download a file from an FTP server.

using System;  
using System.IO;  
using System.Net;  
using System.Text;  
namespace Examples.System.Net  
    public class WebRequestGetExample  
        public static void Main ()  
            // Get the object used to communicate with the server.  
            FtpWebRequest request = (FtpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create("");  
            request.Method = WebRequestMethods.Ftp.DownloadFile;  
            // This example assumes the FTP site uses anonymous logon.  
            request.Credentials = new NetworkCredential ("anonymous","");  
            FtpWebResponse response = (FtpWebResponse)request.GetResponse();  
            Stream responseStream = response.GetResponseStream();  
            StreamReader reader = new StreamReader(responseStream);  
            Console.WriteLine("Download Complete, status {0}", response.StatusDescription);  

This example requires:

  • References to the System.Net namespace.