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Delete file on SFTP or FTP server



delete(s,filename) deletes the specified file from the current folder on the SFTP or FTP server associated with s.


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Connect to an FTP server and delete a file. This example shows a hypothetical FTP session on, a machine that does not exist. If you have an account on an FTP server that grants you permission to upload and delete files on that server, then you can use the delete function as shown in this example.

First, connect to the server.

s = ftp('')
FTP with properties:

                         Host: ""
                     Username: "anonymous"
                         Port: 21
                 ServerLocale: "en_GB"
                         Mode: "binary"
    LocalDataConnectionMethod: "passive"
       RemoteWorkingDirectory: "/"

Display the contents of the current folder on the FTP server.

myscript.m                  README.txt                pub    

Delete the file named README.txt.


Display the updated contents of the current folder. The README.txt file is no longer available for download.

myscript.m                  pub  

Input Arguments

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Connection to an SFTP or FTP server, specified as an SFTP object or an FTP object.

Name of the file to delete, specified as a character vector or string scalar.

Version History

Introduced before R2006a

See Also

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