Install ncftp, ncftpget, ncftpput Using Yum On CentOS Linux Server

I was messing around with the CPAN the Perl world wide archive of resources earlier today and it was asking for the default location of ncftpget. By default this is no longer installed on CentOS so you will first need to install the EPEL repository and then install NCFTP using yum. Follow the directions below to install ncftp which includes ncftpput, ncftpget, ncftpbatch, ncftpspooler, and more.

Install NCFTP Using Yum On A CentOS Linux Server:

  1. Install EPEL Repository: If you do not already have the EPEL repo installed then issue the below command from a terminal window or shell.
    rpm -Uvh

    This command may change a bit depending on the version of CentOS you have installed or the version of the EPEL that is available.

    **NOTE** The EPEL repository version may have been updated since this article was written so if 5.4 does not work then attempt to install 5.5, 5.6, etc. Thanks to L. Ramsey below for pointing out that the latest driver version as of 9/12/2010 was 5.4.

  2. Install NCFTP Via Yum: Now install NCFTP using the yum package manager. If this is your first time installing something using the EPEL you will be prompted to import the EPEL GPG key as seen in the below example. The includes the entire output of installing ncftp using yum from a shell.
    [root@server ~]# yum list *NCFTP*
    Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
    Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
     * addons:
     * base:
     * centosplus:
     * epel:
     * extras:
     * rpmforge:
     * updates:
    addons                                                                                                       |  951 B     00:00
    base                                                                                                         | 2.1 kB     00:00
    centosplus                                                                                                   |  951 B     00:00
    epel                                                                                                         | 3.4 kB     00:00
    epel/primary_db                                                                                              | 2.3 MB     00:02
    extras                                                                                                       | 1.1 kB     00:00
    updates                                                                                                      | 1.9 kB     00:00
    Available Packages
    ncftp.i386                                                    2:3.2.2-1.el5                                                     epel
    [root@corp2 ~]# yum install ncftp
    Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
    Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
     * addons:
     * base:
     * centosplus:
     * epel:
     * extras:
     * rpmforge:
     * updates:
    Setting up Install Process
    Resolving Dependencies
    --> Running transaction check
    ---> Package ncftp.i386 2:3.2.2-1.el5 set to be updated
    --> Finished Dependency Resolution
    Dependencies Resolved
     Package                      Arch                        Version                                 Repository                   Size
     ncftp                        i386                        2:3.2.2-1.el5                           epel                        567 k
    Transaction Summary
    Install      1 Package(s)
    Update       0 Package(s)
    Remove       0 Package(s)
    Total download size: 567 k
    Is this ok [y/N]: y
    Downloading Packages:
    ncftp-3.2.2-1.el5.i386.rpm                                                                                   | 567 kB     00:00
    warning: rpmts_HdrFromFdno: Header V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID 217521f6
    epel/gpgkey                                                                                                  | 1.7 kB     00:00
    Importing GPG key 0x217521F6 "Fedora EPEL <>" from /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-EPEL
    Is this ok [y/N]: y
    Running rpm_check_debug
    Running Transaction Test
    Finished Transaction Test
    Transaction Test Succeeded
    Running Transaction
      Installing     : ncftp                                                                                                        1/1
      ncftp.i386 2:3.2.2-1.el5
  3. Verify NCFTP Install: Now from a shell window verify ncftp has been installed by issuing the “ncftp -h” command as shown in the below example.
    [root@server ~]# ncftp -h
    Usage:  ncftp [flags] [<host> | <directory URL to browse>]
      -u XX  Use username XX instead of anonymous.
      -p XX  Use password XX with the username.
      -P XX  Use port number XX instead of the default FTP service port (21).
      -j XX  Use account XX with the username (rarely needed).
      -F     Dump a sample $HOME/.ncftp/firewall prefs file to stdout and exit.
    Program version:  NcFTP 3.2.2/409 Aug 18 2008, 10:48 PM
    Library version:  LibNcFTP 3.2.3 (August 18, 2008)
    Build system:     Linux 2.6.18-107.el5xen #1 ...
    This is a freeware program by Mike Gleason (
    A directory URL ends in a slash, i.e.
    Use ncftpget and ncftpput for command-line FTP and file URLs.

Now you can use ncftp, ncftpput, and ncftpget on your CentOS Linux server. If you have any further questions comment below and someone will respond.

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