File Upload to FTP Server

In this example we shall show you how to upload a File to an FTP Server, using the Class, that encapsulates all the functionality necessary to store and retrieve files from an FTP server. To upload a File to an FTP Server one should perform the following steps:

  • Create a new FTPClient.
  • Use connect() API method to open a connection to the FTP Server.
  • Use the login(String username, String password) API method to login to the FTP server using the provided username and password. It returns true if it is successfully completed and false otherwise.
  • Create a FileInputStream by opening a connection to an actual file, the file named by the path name name in the file system.
  • Use storeFile(String remote, InputStream local) method to store a file on the server using the given name and taking input from the given InputStream.
  • Use logout() method to logout of the FTP server by sending the QUIT command and disconnect() method to close the connection to the FTP server. Don’t forget to also close the inputStream,

as described in the code snippet below.  

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.core;

public class FtpFileUpload {
    public static void main(String[] args) {

    	FTPClient client = new FTPClient();

  FileInputStream fis = null;

  try {


client.login("username", "password");

// Create an InputStream of the file to be uploaded

String filename = "test.txt";

fis = new FileInputStream(filename);

// Store file on server and logout

client.storeFile(filename, fis);


  } catch (IOException e) {


  } finally {

try {

    if (fis != null) {




} catch (IOException e) {




This was an example of how to upload a File to an FTP Server in Java.

Byron Kiourtzoglou

Byron is a master software engineer working in the IT and Telecom domains. He is an applications developer in a wide variety of applications/services. He is currently acting as the team leader and technical architect for a proprietary service creation and integration platform for both the IT and Telecom industries in addition to a in-house big data real-time analytics solution. He is always fascinated by SOA, middleware services and mobile development. Byron is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.
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