How do I get list of files from FTP server?

This example demonstrate how to retrieve list of files from FTP server.




public class FTPListDemo {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        FTPClient client = new FTPClient();

        try {
            client.login("admin", "admin123**");

            // Obtain a list of filenames in the current working
            // directory. When no file found an empty array will 
            // be returned.
            String[] names = client.listNames();
            for (String name : names) {
                System.out.println("Name = " + name);

            FTPFile[] ftpFiles = client.listFiles();
            for (FTPFile ftpFile : ftpFiles) {
                // Check if FTPFile is a regular file
                if (ftpFile.getType() == FTPFile.FILE_TYPE) {
                    System.out.println("FTPFile: " + ftpFile.getName() +
                            "; " + FileUtils.byteCountToDisplaySize(
        } catch (IOException e) {
        } finally {
            try {
            } catch (IOException e) {

Here is the example result of our code:

Name = .
Name = ..
Name = .data
Name = example.html
Name = Touch.dat
FTPFile: .data; 1 KB
FTPFile: examples.html; 1 bytes
FTPFile: Touch.dat; 0 bytes

Maven Dependencies


How do I get the content of a directory?

In this example you’ll see how to read the list of files inside a directory. To get this functionality we can use the File.listFiles() method. This method return an array of File object which can be either an instance of file or directory.



public class DirectoryContentExample {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        File gamesDir = new File("D:/Games");

        // Get a list of file under the specified directory
        // above and return it as an abstract file object.
        File[] files = gamesDir.listFiles();

        // Iterates the content of gamesDir directory, print it
        // and check it whether it was a directory or a file.
        for (File file : files) {
            System.out.println(file + " is a "
                    + (file.isDirectory() ? "directory" : "file"));

        // Here we also get the list of file in the directory but
        // return it just as an array of String.
        String[] strings = gamesDir.list();
        for (String file : strings) {
            System.out.println("File = " + file);

        // Now we want to list the file in the directory but
        // we just want a file with a .doc extension. To do
        // this we first create a FilenameFilter which will
        // be given to the listFiles() method to filter the
        // listing process. The rule of filtering is
        // implemented in the accept() method of the
        // FilenameFilter interface.
        FilenameFilter filter = new FilenameFilter() {
            public boolean accept(File dir, String name) {
                return name.endsWith(".doc");

        // Give me just a .doc files in your directory.
        File[] docs = gamesDir.listFiles(filter);
        for (File doc : docs) {
            System.out.println("Doc file = " + doc);

Here is the result of the program:

The File[] array returned:

D:\Games\AOE\ is a directory
D:\Games\Championship Manager 2007 is a directory
D:\Games\GameHouse is a directory
D:\Games\Sierra is a directory
D:\Games\testing.doc is a file
D:\Games\TTD is a directory

The String[] array returned:

File = AOE
File = Championship Manager 2007
File = GameHouse
File = Sierra
File = testing.doc
File = TTD

The File[] array using FilenameFilter result:

Doc file = D:\Games\testing.doc