Download Files from FTP using JSch java library

SSH provides support for secure remote login(login to remote server similar to putty), secure file transfer(SCP or FTP/SFTP download), and secure TCP/IP and X11 forwardings. JSch is a Java implementation of SSH2 protocal.

In this example we will see how we can use JSch library to login to SFTP server and download files.

First, add the following dependency to your pom.xml
       <version>0.1.54</version>  <!-- or latest version -->

JSch apis are pretty simple. First you create a session and open a channel then you can use one of the many function such as CD, LS, PUT, GET to change directory, list content, upload file or download respectively.

Create Session:

JSch jsch = new JSch();
Session session = jsch.getSession("demo", "", 22);

Create Channel:

ChannelSftp channel = (ChannelSftp) session.openChannel("sftp");

Change folder:"/a/folder");

List content of a folder:

Vector<ChannelSftp.LsEntry> entries =;

Download file:

channelSftp.get(String fileNameInFtp, String  destinationFile);

Upload File:

channelSftp. put(String src, String dst) //default is overwrite
channelSftp. put(String src, String dst, int mode)
Upload Modes:
public static final int
public static final int RESUME=1;
public static final int APPEND=2;

A Complete Example Code to download files from FTP:

In this example, we are using a publicly available ftp server  as described in
 import com.jcraft.jsch.*;  
 import java.util.*;  
 public class JschDownload {  
public static void main(String[] args) { Session session = null; ChannelSftp channel = null; try { JSch jsch = new JSch(); session = jsch.getSession("demo", "", 22); session.setPassword("password");
//to prevent following exception for sftp //com.jcraft.jsch.JSchException: UnknownHostKey: RSA key fingerprint is .. Properties config = new Properties(); config.put("StrictHostKeyChecking", "no"); session.setConfig(config); session.connect(); System.out.println("session connected");
//various channels are supported eg: shell, x11, channel = (ChannelSftp) session.openChannel("sftp"); channel.connect(); System.out.println("channel connected");
downloadFromFolder(channel, "/"); downloadFromFolder(channel, "/pub/example/");
     //in order to download all files including sub-folders/sub-sub-folder, we should iterate recursively System.out.println("File Uploaded to FTP Server Successfully.");
} catch (Exception e) { e.printStackTrace(); } finally { if (channel != null) { channel.disconnect(); } if (channel != null) { session.disconnect(); } } } static void downloadFromFolder(ChannelSftp channelSftp, String folder) throws SftpException { Vector<ChannelSftp.LsEntry> entries =; new File("download").mkdir();
//download all files (except the ., .. and folders) from given folder for (ChannelSftp.LsEntry en : entries) { if (en.getFilename().equals(".") || en.getFilename().equals("..") || en.getAttrs().isDir()) { continue; }
System.out.println("Downloading " + (folder + en.getFilename()) + " ----> " + "download" + File.separator + en.getFilename()); channelSftp.get(folder + en.getFilename(), "download" + File.separator + en.getFilename()); } } }

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