lsftp - Client for the sftp subsystem


lsftp [OPTION]... [-- [COMMAND]...]


lsftp is a program that connects to a remote sftp server, and can be used to upload download files la FTP. When invoked with no command arguments, lsftp enters interactive mode, much like ftp (1) (although with a more feature rich interface, providing tab completion, recursive up and downloads and more). However, when the -- argument and subsequent commands are passed to lsftp, lsftp simply executes those commands and exits.


Anything (except the special options --, --help and --version ) before the last (if any) -- is handled as options, meaning lsftp passes them directly to the transport program. If you want to pass -- to the transport program, you must give an extra -- to make sure it's not handled as end of options, e.g.


to enter interactive mode or

lsftp -l OTPIONS -- MORE OPTIONS -- ls

to perform the ls command.

Available options:

--help Show summary of options.

Show version of program.
-- End of options (if the last occurence).


cd directory
Change the current directory on the remote server to directory.
rm filespec
Removes files or directories. To delete directories, the -r option needs to be specified. The rm command doesn't accept wildcards by default, to enable these you must specify the -g option.
delete Alias for rm.
mkdir dir
Make directory dir.
about Display information about lsftp.
help Displays a list of commands.
? Alias for help.
Displays the list of commands with detailed information about each command.
ls filespec
List remote files and folders.
list Alias for ls.
dir (Another) Alias for ls.
pwd Print the current working directory.
quit Quit lsftp.
exit Quit lsftp.
set [var=value]
Sets or shows variables. Without an argument, set displays the current variable state. With a var=value argument, set sets the appropriate variable in the environment.
mail Runs the mail (1) command.
umask [value]
Sets or displays the remote umask.
jobs Prints information about currently running jobs.
open site
Open a sftp connection to site.
close Close the current connection.
mv old-filename new-filename
Rename file old-filename to new-filename.
rename Alias for mv.
ln file link
Make link a symlink to file.
get remote-file
Retrieve remote-file on the remote system to the local system.
put local-file
Send local-file on the local system to the remote system.
chown uid file
Change the ownership of file to be owned by the user represented by uid.
chgrp gid file
Change the group ownership of file to be owned by the group represented by gid.
lcd dir
Change the current local directory to dir.
lrm file
Remove file from the local system.
Alias for lrm.
lls List files on the local system.
llist Alias for lls.
lpwd Print the current local working directory.
! command
Executes command in a shell on the local system.


The program to use for the SSH tunnel. If the variable is not set, lsftp defaults to using lshg.

may be used to specify default options to be parsed before and after the command line options, making it possible to provide default transport options as well as commands if desired.


Report bugs to <>.


The lsh suite of programs is distributed under the GNU General Public License; see the COPYING and AUTHORS files in the source distribution for details.


The lsh program suite is written mainly by Niels Mller <>. The lsftp client was written mainly by Pontus Freyhult.

This man-page was written for lsh 2.0 by Pontus Freyhult <>, it is based on a template written by J.H.M. Dassen (Ray) <>. Most of the text was taken from the man page provided for the Debian GNU/Linux system by Timshel Knoll <>.


lsftp(1), lshd(8), sftp(1), sftp-server(8)

The full documentation for lsh is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and lsh programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info lsh
should give you access to the complete manual.
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