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You can find instructions for:

Linux/Unix based systems using make

Note: Make sure Git and cURL are installed.

This should work on MacOS, Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, RedHat, etc.

The easiest way is to use Git for installing:

git clone
cd git-ftp

# choose the newest release
tag="$(git tag | grep '^[0-9]*\.[0-9]*\.[0-9]*$' | tail -1)"

# checkout the latest tag
git checkout "$tag"
sudo make install

Updating using git:

git fetch
git checkout "$(git tag | grep '^[0-9]*\.[0-9]*\.[0-9]*$' | tail -1)"
sudo make install

Debian, Ubuntu and others using apt

At least Debian and Ubuntu provide git-ftp in their main repositories.

sudo apt-get install git-ftp

If you would like the newest release maintained by Git-ftp, you can add the PPA:

sudo -s
add-apt-repository ppa:git-ftp/ppa

# On Debian, you need to modify the sources list to use the same PPA
source /etc/*-release
if [ "$ID" = "debian" ]; then
    dist="$(echo /etc/apt/sources.list.d/git-ftp-ppa-*.list | sed 's/^.*ppa-\(.*\)\.list$/\1/')"
    sed -i.backup "s/$dist/precise/g" /etc/apt/sources.list.d/git-ftp-ppa-*.list

apt-get update

ArchLinux (AUR: unofficial)



First, ensure you have installed Xcode and command line tools. Command line tools can be download at or via command:

xcode-select --install

Using homebrew:

brew install git
brew install curl --with-libssh2
brew install brotli
brew install git-ftp


There are at least two ways to install git-ftp on Windows.

  • Using Git for Windows, former msysgit (recommended)
  • Using cygwin

Git for Windows, former msysgit (recommended)

Install Git for Windows. It comes with curl installed, but it doesn't support SFTP by default. In order to use SFTP, download curl for Windows with SFTP support. Win32 2000/XP MSI or Win64 2000/XP x86_64 MSI is recommended. If you installed curl, then remove bin/curl.exe from your Git for Windows installation directory. It will fall back to the newly installed version.

Finally, open the Git Bash which is located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Git by default.

curl > /bin/git-ftp
chmod 755 /bin/git-ftp

Note: the /bin directory is an alias. By default this is the same as C:\Program Files (x86)\Git\usr\bin.


Install cygwin and install the package 'curl'. Then open the cygwin console and install Git-ftp with the following commands:

curl > /bin/git-ftp
chmod 755 /bin/git-ftp

Git for Windows and cygwin both installed

If you have both Git for Windows and cygwin installed on Windows and want to use Git for Windows for Git commands, you may get an error "No such file or directory" for a path starting with "/cygdrive/", for example:

creating `/cygdrive/c/TEMP/git-ftp-m7GH/delete_tmp': No such file or directory

The problem is that Git-ftp use commands from both Git for Windows and cygwin directories. But by default, cygwin is configured to start paths with the prefix "/cygdrive" while Git for Windows starts paths with "/". To fix the problem, open file "\etc\fstab" (e.g. "c:\cygwin\etc\fstab") and change parameter "/cygwin/" to "/", for example:

# This is default:
none /cygdrive/ cygdrive binary,posix=0,user 0 0

change to:

# This is changed:
none / cygdrive binary,posix=0,user 0 0

After this, close all console windows and try again.