Download and delete files from FTP using Powershell

The following Powershell script connects to a FTP server, gets a list of files from a specific subfolder, downloads and deletes them.

It uses the System.URI,,, System.Net.NetworkCredential, System.IO.StreamReader and other .Net classes.

$local_target1 = 'D:\997\'

function GetFilesListAsArray($user,$pass,$local_target,$ftp_uri,$subfolder)
 # ftp address from where to download the files
 $ftp_urix = $ftp_uri + $subfolder
 $uri=[system.URI] $ftp_urix


 $ftp.Credentials=New-Object System.Net.NetworkCredential($user,$pass)
 #Get a list of files in the current directory.
 #Use ListDirectoryDetails instead if you need date, size and other additional file information.

 $reader=New-Object System.IO.StreamReader($strm,'UTF-8')
 return $lines
 $_|fl * -Force

function DownloadFile ($sourceuri,$targetpath,$username,$password){
 # Create a FTPWebRequest object to handle the connection to the ftp server
 $ftprequest = [System.Net.FtpWebRequest]::create($sourceuri)

# set the request's network credentials for an authenticated connection
 $ftprequest.Credentials = New-Object System.Net.NetworkCredential($username,$password)

$ftprequest.Method = [System.Net.WebRequestMethods+Ftp]::DownloadFile
 $ftprequest.UseBinary = $true
 $ftprequest.KeepAlive = $false

# send the ftp request to the server
 $ftpresponse = $ftprequest.GetResponse()

# get a download stream from the server response
 $responsestream = $ftpresponse.GetResponseStream()

# create the target file on the local system and the download buffer
 $targetfile = New-Object IO.FileStream ($targetpath,[IO.FileMode]::Create)
 "File created: $targetpath"
 [byte[]]$readbuffer = New-Object byte[] 1024

# loop through the download stream and send the data to the target file
 $readlength = $responsestream.Read($readbuffer,0,1024)
 while ($readlength -ne 0)

 $_|fl * -Force

function DeleteFile ($file,$username,$password){
 # Delete files from FTP server after download
 $uri2=[system.URI] $file
 $request = [system.Net.FtpWebRequest]::Create($uri2)
 $request.Credentials = New-Object System.Net.NetworkCredential($username,$password)
 $request.Method = [System.Net.WebRequestMethods+FTP]::DeleteFile
 $response = $request.GetResponse()
 "Deleted from FTP: $source" -f $response.StatusDescription

$lines = GetFilesListAsArray $user1 $pass1 $local_target1 $ftp_uri1 $subfolder1
'List of files OK'
$total_files = 0
foreach ($line in $lines){
 if ($line -ne '') {
 #TRIM the file_name because if it contains blank spaces you will get errors when creating the file
 $file_name = $line.ToString().Trim()
 $source = $ftp_uri1 + $subfolder1 + $file_name
 $target = $local_target1 + $file_name
 DownloadFile $source $target $user1 $pass1
 DeleteFile $source $user1 $pass1
 $total_files = $total_files + 1
"Total files downloaded: $total_files"

If you get an error like the following when trying to execute the script:

File C:\scripts\test.ps1 cannot be loaded because the execution of scripts is disabled on this system.
Please see “get-help about_signing” for more details.

Make sure the execution of Powershell scripts is enabled:


And set it to the appropriate level:

Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted


Running Windows PowerShell Scripts

Using the Set-ExecutionPolicy Cmdlet

(Powershell) Loop to delete files from an FTP Location


One response to this post.

  1. Hi, I have applied this script and it works fine except function Delete File.
    After downloading the file does not remove it from the FTP
    What could be the problem?

    Thank you
    Rosa Martin



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