Retrieving files from an FTP server for processing is a very common operation for GIS programmers and can be automated with a Python script.
Connecting to an FTP
server and downloading a file is accomplished through the
ftplib module. A connection to an FTP server is created through the FTP object, which accepts a host, username, and password to create the connection. Once a connection has been opened, you can then search for and download files.
In this recipe, you will connect to the National Interagency Fire Center Incident FTP site and download a Google Earth format file for a wildfire in Alaska.
Follow these steps to create a script that connects to an FTP server and downloads ...