Downloading SFTP files RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am really struggling in finding out how to make an automatic daily download of SFTP files from a website. What I want to do is to set up a time in the day that automatically downloads the most recent file from the website and store it in my computer documents. 

    I found the code below but it is not working. First, I do not really understand what remoteDirectory stands for and if I really need to use it. Second, in the file.name I am not sure what name to put because the file name in the website varies a little from each other because of the date. 

    *Note that I have activated the background worker (really don't know if necessary to use)

    using System;
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using System.ComponentModel;
    using System.Data;
    using System.Drawing;
    using System.Linq;
    using System.Text;
    using System.Threading.Tasks;
    using System.Windows.Forms;
    using System.IO;
    using System.Net;
    using Renci.SshNet;
    using Renci.SshNet.Sftp;
    using System.Threading;

    namespace WindowsFormsApp1
        public partial class Form1 : Form
            public Form1()

            private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
                MessageBox.Show("Downloading started");

            private void listFiles()
                string host = "WebsiteThatINeed.com";
                string username = "TheUsernameToLoginToWebsite";
                string password = "PasswordToLoginTOWebsite";
                double count = 0;
                string remoteDirectory = "xxxxxxxxx"; //don't know what it means or what to put

                using (SftpClient sftp = new SftpClient(host, username, password))
                        var files = sftp.ListDirectory(remoteDirectory);
                        foreach(var file in files)
                            count = count + 1;

                            if ((file.Name != ".") && (file.Name !=". ."))
                                if(file.Name.Contains("same word document but different date")) //Is this how I should put the website file name?

                                string path = Path.Combine(Environment.GetFolderPath(Environment.SpecialFolder.MyDocuments), file.Name);
                                using (Stream fileStream = File.OpenWrite(path))
                                    sftp.DownloadFile(remoteDirectory + "/" + file.Name, FileStream);

                            double percentage = (count / files.Count()) * 100;


    Tuesday, April 17, 2018 1:09 PM

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  • Hi AlejandraSa,

    Welcome to the MSDN forum.

    It seems the issue is about the SshNet.Sftp library which is a third party library, since our forum is to discuss the VS IDE, please redirect to this appropriate forum:https://github.com/sshnet/SSH.NET/issues and start a new issue to seek for a better support, thank you for your understanding. 

    Best regards,


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    Wednesday, April 18, 2018 3:18 AM