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afpcmd: Transfer files over the networking using the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP)


afpcmd - Transfer files over the networking using the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP)


afpcmd [-r [afp url]


afpcmd is a command-line tool to help transfer files to and from a server using AFP. This is typically either Netatalk or Mac OS or Mac OS X.

This can be done as a non-root user. It offers either an interactive command-line (like a traditional FTP client) or for batch retrievals.

Do not confuse this with the FUSE mounting tools (mount_afp, afpfsd, afp_client), which offer the ability to mount an entire filesystem.


-r sets the recursive flag.

afp url uses the standard AFP URL format.

AFP version support

Look at the afpfs-ng documentation for more information on specific AFP version compatibility information.

Batch mode

Batch file transfers can be done in one of two ways:

afpcmd -r [afp url to directory]

This does a recursive transfer of all subdirectories and files locally.

afpcmd [afp url to file]

This transfers just the file locally.

After either of these is finished, the command exits.

Interactive mode

If a URL is provided on the command line, afpcmd connects and enters the volume and directory specified.

Standard readline keystrokes are enabled. Command line competion (using tab) and history (using up and down arrows) is provided. Local filename completion is enabled.

Most common commands

connect <afp URL>: Connect to server, change to volume and directory

cd: Change directories on the server

get <filename>: retrieve file

get -r <directory>: Recursively retrieve the directory

put <filename>: Upload file

quit: Quit

Conect/disconnect commands

disconnect: Disconnect from current server

passwd: Prompts for a new password without showing on screen

user <user>: Set the user

passwd: change the password on the server. Does not work.

Remote directory commands

pwd: Show current directory on server

mkdir <directory>: create new directory

rmdir <directory: remove directory

ls or dir: show files in current directory

Remote file commands

mv or rename old_file new_file: Rename <old file> to <new file>

touch <filename>: Create a blank file

view <filename>: Show file

chmod: <file> <mode>: Change the mode of a file on the server

delete of rm: <file>: Remove file from the server

Status commands

status: Show status of the connection and details. For debugging.

df: Show the disk size and available blocks.

Local commands

lpwd: Show current local

lcd: Change local directory

Other commands

help or ?: show help

testafp: various tests for developers


A typical usage of afpcmd is:

afpcmd afp://username:password@servername/volume

The complete syntax of a URL is:


If a password of "-" is provided, the user is prompted for a password.


Report bugs to the afpfs-ng-devel [at] mailing list.