FTP file upload example

Shows how to upload a single file to a FTP server.

// FTP access parameters
$host = 'ftp.example.org';
$usr = 'example_user';
$pwd = 'example_password';
// file to move:
$local_file = './example.txt';
$ftp_path = '/data/example.txt';
// connect to FTP server (port 21)
$conn_id = ftp_connect($host, 21) or die ("Cannot connect to host");
// send access parameters
ftp_login($conn_id, $usr, $pwd) or die("Cannot login");
// turn on passive mode transfers (some servers need this)
// ftp_pasv ($conn_id, true);
// perform file upload
$upload = ftp_put($conn_id, $ftp_path, $local_file, FTP_ASCII);
// check upload status:
print (!$upload) ? 'Cannot upload' : 'Upload complete';
print "\n";
** Chmod the file (just as example)
// If you are using PHP4 then you need to use this code:
// (because the "ftp_chmod" command is just available in PHP5+)
if (!function_exists('ftp_chmod')) {
   function ftp_chmod($ftp_stream, $mode, $filename){
        return ftp_site($ftp_stream, sprintf('CHMOD %o %s', $mode, $filename));
// try to chmod the new file to 666 (writeable)
if (ftp_chmod($conn_id, 0666, $ftp_path) !== false) {
    print $ftp_path . " chmoded successfully to 666\n";
} else {
    print "could not chmod $file\n";
// close the FTP stream
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Older comments:

SDADS July 10, 2011 at 21:10
Johnny McNeil July 03, 2011 at 06:00
Will this work if I'm uploading to an online web host?
lvera May 18, 2011 at 16:03
Nice tutorial thanks for this contribution!!
vijay May 11, 2011 at 08:43
i need help to upload a file (Mac Font without extension) Using PHP to server(Linux). Thanks in advance
Arun May 11, 2011 at 08:22
very useful. thanks
piyush April 15, 2011 at 12:39
Thats fiine
jagat singh April 13, 2011 at 13:10
good post
Tushar a Maheta March 23, 2011 at 07:21
Malkesh Sondagar March 11, 2011 at 06:47
Thanks Thia is a great post which i have ever seen. All the Best for future post.
agaro0ob February 02, 2011 at 11:33
Mark December 07, 2010 at 14:11
Solution for bigger files:
ini_set("max_execution_time", 3000); // execution time must be bigger for larger files
change transfer mode from FTP_ASCII (works for txt files) to FTP_BINARY (for any other files - I don't know why yet, but it works)
Mark December 07, 2010 at 13:57
I have a zip file about 2.5 mb I tried to upload it with this script to different servers it uploads only 263 kb - file is corrupted. Anybody has a solution for this?
Abhishek March 24, 2010 at 08:59
Thank you for this useful data.
karfes December 09, 2009 at 09:27
i need this for an upload from a html form.please assist on how i can use a form and get the filename from the form's file input.
Ashutosh September 05, 2008 at 11:42
Hey you saved my life
thanks a lot Man .......and keep posting such greate classes
Jonas August 21, 2007 at 13:19
Hi psydney,

thanks for your help! - I fixed the little bugs...
psydney August 21, 2007 at 05:27
Note: I wasn't expecting the backslashes in my comment. Omit those in my previous comment.
psydney August 21, 2007 at 05:25
I found a syntactic omission with this line:

print (!$upload) 'Cannot upload' : 'Upload complete';

The ternary operator (?) is missing.

It should read:
print (!$upload) ? 'Cannot upload' : 'Upload complete';