How to: List Directory Contents with FTP

This sample shows how to list the directory contents of an FTP server.

Example

using System;  
using System.IO;  
using System.Net;  
using System.Text;  

namespace Examples.System.Net  
{  
    public class WebRequestGetExample  
    {  
        public static void Main ()  
        {  
            // Get the object used to communicate with the server.  
            FtpWebRequest request = (FtpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create("ftp://www.contoso.com/");  
            request.Method = WebRequestMethods.Ftp.ListDirectoryDetails;  

            // This example assumes the FTP site uses anonymous logon.  
            request.Credentials = new NetworkCredential ("anonymous","janeDoe@contoso.com");  

            FtpWebResponse response = (FtpWebResponse)request.GetResponse();  

            Stream responseStream = response.GetResponseStream();  
            StreamReader reader = new StreamReader(responseStream);  
            Console.WriteLine(reader.ReadToEnd());  

            Console.WriteLine("Directory List Complete, status {0}", response.StatusDescription);  

            reader.Close();  
            response.Close();  
        }  
    }  
}  

Compiling the Code

This example requires:

  • References to the System.Net namespace.

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