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README of git-ftp

This is free and open source software. If you like and use it, flattr it (flattr?). Thx.


Git powered FTP client written as shell script.


I use git-ftp for my script based projects, mostly PHP. Most of the low-cost web hoster does not provide SSH nor git support, only FTP.

That is why I needed a easy way to deploy my git tracked projects. Instead to transfer always the whole project, I thought, why not only transfer the files which changed since the last time, git can tell me those files.

Even if you are playing with different branches, git-ftp knows which files are different. No ordinary FTP client can do that.

Known Issues


See INSTALL file.


$ cd my_git_tracked_project
$ git ftp push --user <user> --passwd <password>

For interactive password prompt use:

$ git ftp push -u <user> -p

Pushing for the first time:

$ git ftp init -u <user> -p

Testing and Help

For testing mode use --dry-run alias -D

$ git ftp push --dry-run -u <user> -p

For more options see man page or help:

$ git ftp help

Using Defaults

Setting defaults for a git project in .git/config

$ git config git-ftp.user john
$ git config git-ftp.url
$ git config git-ftp.password secr3t

After setting defaults, push to is as simple as

$ git ftp push

Using Scopes

For using defaults for different systems, use the so called scope feature.

$ git config git-ftp.<scope>.<(url|user|password)> <value>

Here I set the params for the scope "foobar"

$ git config git-ftp.foobar.url
$ git config git-ftp.foobar.password simp3l

Push to scope foobar alias using password simp3l

$ git ftp push -s foobar

Because I didn't set the user for this scope, it takes the user "john" as set before in defaults.


Don't hesitate to use GitHub to improve this tool. Don't forget to add yourself to the AUTHORS file.

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