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How to: List Directory Contents with FTP

This sample shows how to list the directory contents of 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.ListDirectoryDetails;

            // 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("Directory List Complete, status {0}", response.StatusDescription);

This example requires:

  • References to the System.Net namespace.