How to Remove a File From an FTP Site


File transfer protocol is among the earliest developed and simplest remote file transmission technologies, and it continues to play an important role in file sharing today. So long as the administrator of the FTP site gives users permission to delete files hosted on the server, then it is simple to log in and remove any files that you no longer wish to store using a basic Windows command prompt.

Things You'll Need

  • FTP server login information
  • Click the Start button and click "Run" to open a Run command box.

  • Type "command" in the Run box, and press "Enter." Doing so will open a command prompt window.

  • Type "ftp" in the command prompt window, followed by either the hostname or IP address of the FTP site you wish to log in to. If the site requires a user name and password for access, then you will be prompted to enter your login information.

  • Type "cd" followed by the name of the directory on the FTP server that contains the file that you wish to delete.

  • Type "delete," followed by the name of the file that you wish to delete off the remote server. If the FTP site administrator has provided you with the appropriate file permissions to delete the file, then the file will be permanently removed from the server. If you don't have appropriate permissions to delete files on the server then you'll need to contact the FTP site's administrator for permission.

  • Type "bye", and press "Enter" to end your FTP connection.

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