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tnftp (formerly known as lukemftp) is a port of the NetBSD FTP client to other systems. It offers many enhancements over the traditional BSD FTP client, including command-line editing, command-line fetches of FTP and HTTP URLs (including via proxies), command-line uploads of FTP URLs, context-sensitive word completion, dynamic progress bar, IPv6 support, modification time preservation, paging of local and remote files, passive mode support (with fallback to active mode), SOCKS support, TIS FWTK gate-ftp server support, and transfer rate throttling. tnftp is the default FTP client found in FreeBSD, MacOS X, NetBSD, and SuSE Linux.

Operating Systems

Recent releases

  •  04 Jan 2010 00:33

    Release Notes: An intermittent "Alarm clock" error was fixed. The "epsv6" and "epsv" commands were added to disable extended passive mode for IPv6 or both IPv4 and IPv6 respectively. Parsing of HTTP chunked transfers was improved. DNS service discovery is supported. Portability fixes were made.

    •  06 Aug 2007 10:36

      Release Notes: The "-s srcaddr" option was implemented to set the local IP address for all connections. The "-q quittime" option is supported when waiting for server replies. The IEC 60027-2 units such as "KiB" and "MiB" are used instead of "KB", "MB", etc. Portability fixes were made, including for FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and Solaris.

      •  03 Jul 2005 06:26

        Release Notes: Portability fixes were made for Mac OS X, Unixware, IRIX, Linux, and other platforms. Timeout support during connection initiation was improved. An overly long input line is now prevented from causing a core dump. The checks that ensure an mget filename isn't outside the local current working directory were improved.

        •  03 Jan 2005 12:10

          Release Notes: This version prevents the mget of (remote) filenames that are not in (or below) the current local directory. It improves reliability and standards conformance of HTTP transfers, and the reliability of connection setup. There were various other bugfixes.

          •  25 Aug 2003 13:55

            Release Notes: Portability fixes were made for Cygwin.

            Recent comments

            14 May 2012 14:52 bkorb

            Request for enhancement: In the current era of spaces in file names and URL encoding of such names, "it would be nice" if this ftp client would accept various encodings for file names instead of making a user figure out the "correct" encoding via trial and error. I'd go to the trouble of submitting a patch, if I thought it'd be accepted.

            30 May 2009 16:05 jfiddler

            I couldn't build tnftp under ubuntu 9.04 on the SheevaPlug. It's missing variable ARG_MAX. I kludged it by adding that directly to tnftp.h, and it works fine. But, this is the wrong way to fix the problem.

            28 Feb 2003 09:17 proskin

            Download location is incorrect
            The download location for version 2.0-beta1 is incorrect as I'm writing this (I hope it will be fixed). This is the directory where all releases can be found:


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