cftp - Conch command-line SFTP client


cftp [-B buffer_size] [-b command_file] [-R num_requests] [-s subsystem]


cftp is a client for logging into a remote machine and executing commands to send and receive file information. It can wrap a number of file transfer subsystems

The options are as follows:
-B Specifies the default size of the buffer to use for sending and receiving. (Default value: 32768 bytes.)
-b File to read commands from, ’-’ for stdin. (Default value: interactive/stdin.)
-R Number of requests to make before waiting for a reply.
-s Subsystem/server program to connect to.

The following commands are recognised by cftp :
cd path
 Change the remote directory to ’path’.
chgrp gid path
 Change the gid of ’path’ to ’gid’.
chmod mode path
 Change mode of ’path’ to ’mode’.
chown uid path
 Change uid of ’path’ to ’uid’.
exit Disconnect from the server.
get remote-path [local-path]
 Get remote file and optionally store it at specified local path.
help Get a list of available commands.
lcd path
 Change local directory to ’path’.
lls [ls-options [path]]
 Display local directory listing.
lmkdir path
 Create local directory.
ln linkpath targetpath
 Symlink remote file.
lpwd Print the local working directory.
ls [-l [path]]
 Display remote directory listing.
mkdir path
 Create remote directory.
 Toggle progress bar.
put local-path [remote-path]
 Transfer local file to remote location
pwd Print the remote working directory.
quit Disconnect from the server.
rename oldpath newpath
 Rename remote file.
rmdir path
 Remove remote directory.
rm path
 Remove remote file.
 Print the SFTP version.
? Synonym for ’help’.


cftp by Paul Swartz <>. Man page by Mary Gardiner <>.


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Copyright © 2005-2008 Twisted Matrix Laboratories This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

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