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    A Node.js package to help with deploying code. Ftp a folder from your local disk to a remote ftp destination. Does not delete from destination directory.

    Version 2.0.0 is an almost complete re-write to use promises and promise-ftp instead of jsftp. The one breaking change is listed in the notes of Usage section.


    npm install --save-dev ftp-deploy


    The most basic usage:

    const FtpDeploy = require("ftp-deploy");
    const ftpDeploy = new FtpDeploy();
    const config = {
        user: "user",
        // Password optional, prompted if none given
        password: "password",
        host: "",
        port: 21,
        localRoot: __dirname + "/local-folder",
        remoteRoot: "/public_html/remote-folder/",
        // include: ["*", "**/*"],      // this would upload everything except dot files
        include: ["*.php", "dist/*", ".*"],
        // e.g. exclude sourcemaps, and ALL files in node_modules (including dot files)
        exclude: [
        // delete ALL existing files at destination before uploading, if true
        deleteRemote: false,
        // Passive mode is forced (EPSV command is not sent)
        forcePasv: true,
        // use sftp or ftp
        sftp: false,
        .then((res) => console.log("finished:", res))
        .catch((err) => console.log(err));


    • in version 2 the config file expects a field of user rather than username in 1.x.
    • The config file is passed as-is to Promise-FTP.
    • I create a file - e.g. deploy.js - in the root of my source code and add a script to its package.json so that I can npm run deploy.
    "scripts": {
        "deploy": "node deploy"
    • You can use callback instead of promise.
    // use with callback
    ftpDeploy.deploy(config, function (err, res) {
        if (err) console.log(err);
        else console.log("finished:", res);

    Configuration include and exclude

    These are lists of minimatch globs. ftp-deploy works by checking for each file in your sourece directory, whether it is included by one of the include patterns and whether it is NOT excluded by one of the exclude patterns. In other words:

    • include: all files that match will be uploaded. Note that a [ ] matches nothing
    • exclude: if a file matches the include pattern a subset may nonetheless be excluded


    ftp-deploy reports to clients using events. To get the output you need to implement watchers for "uploading", "uploaded" and "log":

    ftpDeploy.on("uploading", function (data) {
        console.log(data.totalFilesCount); // total file count being transferred
        console.log(data.transferredFileCount); // number of files transferred
        console.log(data.filename); // partial path with filename being uploaded
    ftpDeploy.on("uploaded", function (data) {
        console.log(data); // same data as uploading event
    ftpDeploy.on("log", function (data) {
        console.log(data); // same data as uploading event
    ftpDeploy.on("upload-error", function (data) {
        console.log(data.err); // data will also include filename, relativePath, and other goodies


    A script to run a simple ftp server (using ftp-srv) is included, together with a test directory.

    To use open a console to run the ftp server:

    npm run server

    and then in another console run the tests:

    npm test


    • re-enable continueOnError
    • update newer files only (PR welcome)



    npm i ftp-deploy

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