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PHP ftp_fget() function (with example)

Hi everyone,

I hope you're doing well. I have a question regarding the PHP `ftp_fget()` function. I've been working on a project where I need to download a file from a remote FTP server and save it onto my local machine. After doing some research, I came across the `ftp_fget()` function, but I'm not entirely sure how to use it correctly.

I have already established a successful connection to the FTP server using `ftp_connect()` and `ftp_login()`, so now I just need to understand how to use `ftp_fget()` to download files. I would greatly appreciate it if someone could provide an example of how to use this function properly.

Specifically, I'm looking for clarification on the correct syntax for `ftp_fget()` and any additional parameters that need to be passed in. Additionally, if there are any specific considerations or potential pitfalls I should be aware of when using this function, any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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Hey folks,

I stumbled upon this thread while searching for information about the `ftp_fget()` function, and I thought I'd share my personal experience with it.

I recently worked on a project where I needed to download files from an FTP server, and `ftp_fget()` proved to be quite useful. The function allows you to retrieve a file from the remote server and save it locally, all through FTP.

To give you a quick example of its usage, consider the following code snippet:

$ftp_server = "ftp.example.com";
$ftp_username = "your_username";
$ftp_password = "your_password";
$local_file = "/path/to/local_file.txt";
$remote_file = "/path/to/remote_file.txt";

// Establish FTP connection
$conn_id = ftp_connect($ftp_server);
ftp_login($conn_id, $ftp_username, $ftp_password);

// Open local file handle
$handle = fopen($local_file, 'w');

// Download the remote file and save it locally
if (ftp_fget($conn_id, $handle, $remote_file, FTP_BINARY)) {
echo "File download successful!";
} else {
echo "Failed to download the file.";

// Close the FTP connection and file handle

In this example, we first establish the FTP connection using `ftp_connect()` and `ftp_login()` functions. Then, we define the paths for the local and remote files.

Next, we open a local file handle with the appropriate mode, and pass it along with the FTP connection resource, remote file path, and mode to the `ftp_fget()` function. The function then downloads the remote file to the local file handle.

Finally, we close the FTP connection using `ftp_close()` and close the file handle with `fclose()`.

I hope that sheds some light on how `ftp_fget()` can be used. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. Happy coding!


Hey there,

I've used the `ftp_fget()` function in PHP before, and I'll be happy to share my experience with you. This function is really handy when you want to download a file from a remote FTP server.

To start, here's the basic syntax for `ftp_fget()`:

bool ftp_fget ( resource $ftp_stream , resource $handle , string $remote_file , int $mode [, int $resumepos = 0 ] )

- The `$ftp_stream` parameter represents the connection resource you've established with `ftp_connect()` and `ftp_login()`.
- The `$handle` parameter refers to the file handle where you'll be saving the downloaded file on your local machine.
- The `$remote_file` parameter specifies the path and filename of the file you want to download from the FTP server.
- The `$mode` parameter defines the mode in which the file should be opened locally. You can use constants like `FTP_ASCII` or `FTP_BINARY` to specify the mode.
- Optionally, you can provide the `$resumepos` parameter if you want to start downloading the file from a specific position.

Here's a simple example to illustrate the usage:

$ftpServer = ftp_connect('ftp.example.com');
ftp_login($ftpServer, 'username', 'password');

$localFile = fopen('localfile.txt', 'w');
$remoteFile = 'public_html/remoteFile.txt';

if (ftp_fget($ftpServer, $localFile, $remoteFile, FTP_BINARY)) {
echo 'File downloaded successfully!';
} else {
echo 'Failed to download the file.';


In this example, we establish a connection to the FTP server, specify the local file handle `localFile.txt`, provide the remote file path `'public_html/remoteFile.txt'`, and set the mode to `FTP_BINARY`. After the download, we display an appropriate success or failure message.

Remember to close the FTP connection using `ftp_close()` and close the local file handle with `fclose()` when you're done.

I hope this helps! If you have any further questions, feel free to ask.

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