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Pop Quiz: Basic FTP commands

Do you know which FTP command is used to upload multiple files? Take this short quiz and test your knowledge of basic FTP commands.

Although there are many free and paid File Transfer Protocol (FTP) clients out there (CuteFTP, Cyberduck, FileZilla, SmartFTP, etc.), it wouldn't hurt IT pros to know how to use FTP from the command line. So, I put together a quick pop quiz on basic FTP commands.

Note: Unfortunately, our poll tool, which I use to create each pop quiz, doesn't let me indicate a correct answer after each question. To keep from giving away the answers before everyone has a chance to test his/her knowledge, and ruining all the fun, I've published the answers on the second page of this blog post. I encourage everyone to answer all the questions before looking at the second page or using your favorite search engine to find the answers.

Answers are on the next page.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

37 comments
kakorf
kakorf

Wow 100% sometimes the simplest tests are the ones that can mess you up. I actually had to think on the question reagrding uploading a single file. But my memory came through!!!

pacfreeman
pacfreeman

Same as Jeremy - 100% so memory cells still intact despite not having used command line for a l-o-n-g time. Shame memory isn't the same everywhere else though :-(

tcole2010
tcole2010

Used this in the early 1990's and still remember all of it! 100%

Blawless1989
Blawless1989

mmm i quess i have not use an ftp clinet in some time 6 out of 10 lol whould help if i could of remmber lunix commands

leo8888
leo8888

I surprised myself on this one since I rarely use FTP. The one that got me was delete, it just seemed to obvious. I should have gone with my first instinct and I would have got 10 of 10. Good quiz!

anthonywilliams
anthonywilliams

Hey, this was a great refresher for me. I do still remember most of this stuff... Thanks for the pop-quiz.

Ole88
Ole88

It's been a while since I used FTP from the command line, but I still remember all of the commands. I started using the Internet before http was created - it was all command line at CRL. I'm rusty on my Unix commands, but I still remember using pine, targ, grep, ps, etc. I agree that it's good for admins to know the command line utilities - you never know when you will end up at a system that doesn't have any of the GUI tools and you don't have rights to load anything on it.

obertsm
obertsm

But oops! guessing somehow.

chris_gralike
chris_gralike

Thank god I guessed the open command correctly :P 10/10

rapell
rapell

great quiz. hand out sweets to those who got all correct without cheating

al
al

It just goes to show, if you hang around long enough (30 years) you might learn something! :-) BTW, Workstation to all of my clients is done using VPN. The command line (in our setup) blows the doors off all those new fangled fancy methods "they" have come up with - and is just as secure. (Probably more so, but I've not done any tests - lately.)

lbarcena
lbarcena

My 5 guesses turned out to be correct!

shubhangiparelkar
shubhangiparelkar

I had forgotten the basic connection command.. got a quick memory refresh :)

qzaib
qzaib

Its great please continue

rakirker
rakirker

Good stuff.....please keep 'em coming !

BrianMWatson
BrianMWatson

Let me first say, I'm a keyboard warrior. I prefer NOT to use the mouse unless I have to. Because of that, I have used command line FTP almost exclusively in the past. I even scored 100% on the test. That said, I have to question the relevance of command line FTP in today's environment. My reasoning is security. Command line FTP (at the least the client included with Windows) doesn't support secure technologies like SSH, TLS, etc. (at least not that I know of). And when was the last time YOU connected to an FTP server that wasn't using encryption? For me, that ship sailed years ago, and forced me to switch to a client like FileZilla. Still, the trip down memory lane was fun. Thanks, Bill! :)

Snuffy.
Snuffy.

Bill, You could have picked some of the more esoteric commands, i.e. hash, prompt, bin/ascii etc. Back in the good old days before the Internet went all gui on us and http became the order of the day for file transfers, I used to just about live in an FTP session. Bonus points if you remember how to log out of your session and get back to your command prompt -- no fair looking! :-) - Snuffy - Feeding the trolls since 1989.

best_tech
best_tech

Considering the fact the last time I worked with CLI FTP was when all the computers in the house used DOS ... I don't feel so badly about missing 2. Guess that goes to prove that the minds of those over 65 *can* be kept functional playing mere games on the computer.

N!tr0
N!tr0

(got the last one wrong) Doh!

ametz
ametz

I haven't used FTP via the command line since my freshman year of college and I got them all right, do I get a gold star now?

jayohem
jayohem

Ipswitch is so easy that what I could do in 2002 is a fading memory.

jim
jim

I know it is a lot of work but keep it up!! I Enjoy the refresher.

jtarrier
jtarrier

Hi Bill, Great quiz. Got the old grey matter working! Good to know the memory is still functioning 100% (as far as FTP is concerned) - Jeremy

yonian
yonian

...PuTTY does! I really envy all those who can take time to install GUI FTP apps on their client's PCs. Especially the time it takes to explain why they are doing it.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

I really thought about including commands like ascii and binary, but I wanted to keep the quiz at 10 questions.

pcteky2
pcteky2

Never a need to even remember help. /? works 99 percent of the time for more than just ftp.

vichay2002
vichay2002

Realizing there are a lot of things i don't know. Better step up my game to compete in this IT world.

TG2
TG2

Its horrible the way we gauge our memory is in good order by using commands we've probably not touched in better than 20 years. I'm just glad Bill didn't try to throw a trick question in there.. since MS's version of FTP also allows for "send" and "recv" as commands to put or get a file. :)

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

I did my best to stay OS neutral and avoid trick questions, such as using ls and dir for answers on the same question.

Ole88
Ole88

Of course, both would be correct - at least on Windows.