Mirror and Synchronize FTP with FTPSync
March 11, 2010 | Filed under Software;
Most websites runs a FTP service to allow user upload files to the server. With a FTP account, it is possible for you to use a FTP client and download all the files from the server to create a local backup on the hard drive. You can also manually download and then upload to another online site to create a mirror as backup. Synchronizing in FTP is not an easy job but thanks to FTPSync, we can automated syncing locally or even online via FXP.
FTPSync can synchronize two FTP sites or local directories and is useful for updating your home page or corporate web site, maintaining an off-site backup, maintaining web site mirrors, etc. The good thing about FTPSync is its free and light weight. Probably the only bad thing about it is not everyone knows how to use this because it is a command line application with no user interface and everything is configured from the INI file.
* supports UNIX, Microsoft, IBM and Novell type FTP servers
* only new or changed files are transferred
* console type application that can be easily executed from various schedulers and batch files
If you take a look at the 3 demo INI files provided together with FTPSync, it is not really that hard to configure. The first demo.ini is an example of synchronizing between two FTP sites, demo2.ini is sync from your computer to the FTP and demo3.ini is the same as second one except it goes a through proxy server connection. Once you’ve got the configuration right, FTPSync will be very easy to use.