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    Question Where can I get an FTP program with Search feature?

    I would like to be able to search the files on my FTP by name, and the words within the file. Let's say I am using a phrase on one page. Instead of trying to track that page down, I can just search my FTP for part of the phrase and it will show me where that file is.

    I could really use a tool like this. Please, if you know of one, tell me what it is and where I can get it.

    Thanks.

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    Just tried by below suggestion, doesn't work. Perhaps FileZilla or another client allows searching? I forgot if FTP protocol has a search or find command.

    If you are using a microsoft windows OS, you could probably just use the built-in FTP feature in explorer.exe. Eg run this cmd line: explorer ftp://yoursite.abc/ and it might let you search using the windows explorer toolbar and right clicking. I haven't tested it, but I would be surprised if they left that out.
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    To the best of my knoweldge, doing this over FTP would be equivalent to downloading the whole file tree and performing a local search, since FTP is pretty strictly a File Transfer Protocol.

    You could accomplish what you want to some extent with SSH/SCP. What type of server are you connecting to?
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    I believe it is an Apache server, if that makes a difference. I know that most common FTPs don't allow searching, such as FileZilla and WinSCP. I know I used an FTP program a few years ago which allowed searching, but I can't remember the name of it. Overall it wasn't the most user-friendly FTP, but it searched well.

    I could download the file tree, but that could take hours, especially when it's a large eCommerce site or something.

    I know there are searchable FTPs out there, but are so hard to find.

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    I need this kind of Ftp program ,too. With this kind of function ,it will be more easier to manage files of website.

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    Well, I'm not saying you could download the tree--I'm saying that the FTP client must download the whole tree to perform a search. The FTP protocol doesn't have any native commands that perform server-side file searches.

    Has anyone else been able to do this somehow? Is there a way to invoke grep with quote on some servers?

    ... In any case, Apache--good, but what operating system? Can you SSH/SFTP in?
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