duffanpj duffanpj - 1 year ago 101
Java Question

Is it possible to retrieve a file from a remote path using java?

I've been tasked with a project to automate a process in which we extract a file from a WinSCP client daily. So far I've been able to automate the login and setup a recurring schedule for the code to run; however it seems I've hit a bump in the road. When I attempt to locate a file for retrieval nothing happens. This is because the file I wish to access is through a remote directory. I'm almost positive that the code I've written is bug free. I am just unsure if specify a certain path which java can locate the file. I have no idea how to tell the java code where to extract this file from. Any thoughts?

Answer Source

You can try and use the code below:

More details can be found here.

import java.io.BufferedOutputStream;
import java.io.File;
import java.io.FileInputStream;
import java.io.FileOutputStream;
import java.io.IOException;
import java.io.InputStream;
import java.io.OutputStream;

import org.apache.commons.net.ftp.FTP;
import org.apache.commons.net.ftp.FTPClient;

 * A program demonstrates how to upload files from local computer to a remote
 * FTP server using Apache Commons Net API.
 * @author www.codejava.net
public class FTPDownloadFileDemo {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String server = "www.myserver.com";
        int port = 21;
        String user = "user";
        String pass = "pass";

        FTPClient ftpClient = new FTPClient();
        try {

            ftpClient.connect(server, port);
            ftpClient.login(user, pass);

            // APPROACH #1: using retrieveFile(String, OutputStream)
            String remoteFile1 = "/test/video.mp4";
            File downloadFile1 = new File("D:/Downloads/video.mp4");
            OutputStream outputStream1 = new BufferedOutputStream(new FileOutputStream(downloadFile1));
            boolean success = ftpClient.retrieveFile(remoteFile1, outputStream1);

            if (success) {
                System.out.println("File #1 has been downloaded successfully.");

            // APPROACH #2: using InputStream retrieveFileStream(String)
            String remoteFile2 = "/test/song.mp3";
            File downloadFile2 = new File("D:/Downloads/song.mp3");
            OutputStream outputStream2 = new BufferedOutputStream(new FileOutputStream(downloadFile2));
            InputStream inputStream = ftpClient.retrieveFileStream(remoteFile2);
            byte[] bytesArray = new byte[4096];
            int bytesRead = -1;
            while ((bytesRead = inputStream.read(bytesArray)) != -1) {
                outputStream2.write(bytesArray, 0, bytesRead);

            success = ftpClient.completePendingCommand();
            if (success) {
                System.out.println("File #2 has been downloaded successfully.");

        } catch (IOException ex) {
            System.out.println("Error: " + ex.getMessage());
        } finally {
            try {
                if (ftpClient.isConnected()) {
            } catch (IOException ex) {
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