automate download of files located on shared host

Posted on 2012-08-27
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Last Modified: 2012-08-27
I am running Windows 7 on my home computer and the shared server I believe is Linux. The shared server has cpanel. I have a folder where files are collected every day and then I manually download those files each day. Anyone know of a way that I can automate the download so that I don't have to do it manually and so that it will be done at the exact same time every day? This is on a shared host. I thought of setting up a php script that sends them by email but this is not the best solution. The files are from 20 to 60 mb and there are 6 per day. The other thing I did not want to do is run a server on my home computer like WAMP or XAMP.

Thanks for any ideas.
Question by:willie108
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savone earned 800 total points
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There is a bunch of free software out there that can automate ftp transactions.

I recommend WinSCP. Here is a link to download it:

And here is a link telling you how to do exactly what your asking for:

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jekautz earned 1200 total points
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I have automated FTP downloads before without any additional software.  The Windows FTP command can be automated.

Place all your FTP commands into a text file called ftpscript.txt.
open servername port#
[place all your ftp commands here]
Then call the text file with a batch file like this:
ftp -s:ftpscript.txt
Now all you need to do is automate the batch file.

For accuracy, I like to manually log into the FTP server and type the commands I need to get the job done.  Record the commands.  Then place them into the FTP script.

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ID: 38339294
Hi. That sounds good. I may use cuteFTP pro as it may be easier for simple minds to understand :-)
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ID: 38339309
FTP commands are very simple.  After you enter your username and password, you can then change directory and download.  Like this:

lcd c:\users\myprofile\desktop (this changes your download directory to your desktop)
cd \pub (this changes your FTP directory to Pub)
get myfile1
get myfile2 (these files will downlad to your desktop)
... or ...
mget myfile* (this will download all files that match myfile)

Author Comment

ID: 38339317
what would be an example of ftp commands that would either synchronize a remote folder with a local folder or to download the last 6 files from the remote host to the local folder?

Expert Comment

ID: 38339371
FTP cannot do that by itself.  You must output a directorly listing to a file, parse it, then download those files.

Here is a script that will only download files that you have not downloaded.  I have not used this script myself but I looked it over and it seems solid enough.


You should only have to modify lines 4, 55-57, 60-61 to suite your needs.

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ID: 38339465
Thanks! I will try it.

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