Multiple hosts synchronization with NCFTP

Multiple hosts synchronization with NCFTP

Sometimes we need the same source code on multiple servers. It could be done with rsync, but mostly we don’t have a ssh access. However we can still use FTP to do it for us.


In linux systems, like Ubuntu we can use ncftp. To install it type:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ncftp

From now on you can use it to copy your local files to the remote ftp account.

ncftpput -v -R -u "ftpuser" -p "ftppassword" REMOTE_FTP_HOST /your/ftp/path/ /your/local/direct/path/*

That works fine, but the title says “multiple”. If we have more then one host which needs to be synchronized, we can use Bash Scripting. Let’s create a new executable file.

chmod +x

Then add as many lines as needed.


echo 'sending REMOTE_FTP_HOST#1'
ncftpput -v -R -u "ftpuser1" -p "ftppassword1" REMOTE_FTP_HOST#1 /your/ftp/path/ /your/local/direct/path/*

echo 'sending REMOTE_FTP_HOST#2'
ncftpput -v -R -u "ftpuser2" -p "ftppassword2" REMOTE_FTP_HOST#2 /your/ftp2/path/ /your/local/direct/path/*

# ...

When ready, hit ESCAPE and double SHIFT+Z to save the file and run it.


You’ll see a list of files being sent to your ftp hosts. It may take some time depending on the amount and size of files.
Use it well nerds.

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