tFTPGet properties - 6.1

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This component retrieves specified files via an FTP connection.


tFTPGet retrieves selected files from a defined remote FTP directory and cop them to a local directory.

Basic settings

Property Type

Either Built-in or Repository.

Since version 5.6, both the Built-In mode and the Repository mode are available in any of the Talend solutions.



Built-in: No property data stored centrally.



Repository: Select the Repository file where properties are stored. The following fields are pre-filled in using fetched data.


Use an existing connection/Component List

Select this check box and in the Component List click the relevant connection component to reuse the connection details you already defined.



FTP IP address.



Listening port number of the FTP server.



FTP user name.



FTP password.

To enter the password, click the [...] button next to the password field, and then in the pop-up dialog box enter the password between double quotes and click OK to save the settings.


Local directory

Path to where the file is to be saved locally.


Remote directory

Path to source directory where the files can be fetched.


Move to the current directory

This option appears when Use an existing connection is enabled. Select this check box to change the directory to the one specified in the Remote directory field. The next FTP component that is linked to the tFTPFileList in the Job will take this directory as the root of the remote directory when using the same connection.


Transfer mode

Different FTP transfer modes.


Overwrite file

List of file transfer options.

  • never: Never overwrite the file.

  • always: Always overwrite the file.

  • size different: Overwrite the file when the file size is different.

  • overwrite: Overwrite the existing file.

  • resume: Resume downloading the file from the point of interruption.

  • append: Add data to the end of the file without overwriting data.

overwrite, resume, and append are available when the SFTP Support check box is selected.



Select this check box to append the data at the end of the file in order to avoid overwriting data.


SFTP Support

Select this check box to connect to the FTP server via an SFTP connection. The following properties will be available:

Authentication method: Select the SFTP authentication method, either Public key or Password.

  • Public key: Enter the path to the private key and the passphrase for the key in the Private key and Key Passphrase fields correspondingly.

  • Password: Enter the password required.

Filename encoding: Select this check box to set the encoding used to convert file names from Strings to bytes. It should be the same encoding used on the SFTP server.


If the SFTP server's version is greater than 3, the encoding should be UTF-8, or else an error occurs.


FTPS Support

Select this check box to connect to the FTP server via an FTPS connection. The following properties will be available:

Keystore File: Enter the access path to the keystore file (password protected file containing several keys and certificates).

Keystore Password: Enter your keystore password.

Security Mode: Select the security mode from the list, either Implicit or Explicit.

  Use Perl5 Regex Expression as Filemask

Select this check box if you want to use Perl5 regular expressions in the Files field as file filters.

For information about Perl5 regular expression syntax, see Perl5 Regular Expression Syntax.



File names or paths to the files to be transferred. You can specify multiple files in a line by using wildcards or a regular expression.


Connection Mode

Select the connect mode from the list, either Passive or Active.



Select an encoding type from the list, or select Custom and define it manually. This field is compulsory for DB data handling.


Die on error

This check box is selected by default. Clear the check box to skip the row on error and complete the process for error-free rows.

Advanced settings

Use Socks Proxy

Select this check box if you want to use a proxy. Then, set the Host, Port, User and Password proxy fields.


Ignore Failure At Quit (FTP)

Select this check box to ignore library closing errors or FTP closing errors.


Print message

Select this check box to display in the Console the list of files downloaded.

tStatCatcher Statistics

Select this check box to gather the job processing metadata at a Job level as well as at each component level.

Global Variables

ERROR_MESSAGE: the error message generated by the component when an error occurs. This is an After variable and it returns a string. This variable functions only if the Die on error check box is cleared, if the component has this check box.

NB_FILE: the number of files processed. This is an After variable and it returns an integer.

CURRENT_STATUS: the execution result of the component. This is a Flow variable and it returns a string.

TRANSFER_MESSAGES: file transferred information. This is an After variable and it returns a string.

A Flow variable functions during the execution of a component while an After variable functions after the execution of the component.

To fill up a field or expression with a variable, press Ctrl + Space to access the variable list and choose the variable to use from it.

For further information about variables, see Talend Studio User Guide.


This component is typically used as a single-component sub-job but can also be used as output or end object.


If you are using a subscription-based version of the Studio, the activity of this component can be logged using the log4j feature. For more information on this feature, see Talend Studio User Guide.

For more information on the log4j logging levels, see the Apache documentation at


Due to license incompatibility, one or more JARs required to use this component are not provided. You can install the missing JARs for this particular component by clicking the Install button on the Component tab view. You can also find out and add all missing JARs easily on the Modules tab in the Integration perspective of your studio. For details, see or the section describing how to configure the Studio in the Talend Installation Guide.