Recovering files from Ubuntu One cloud using FTP

Since Ubuntu One is closing (If you haven’t rescued your files, you should do so now, before their servers are shut down), I have been trying to download my data in a single archive, which failed due to an intermittent internet connection. Refusing to download file by file and after having done a little research, I stumbled upon a pretty neat method of plugging an FTP client into their cloud for better download management. I describe the steps below:

  1. Open a terminal session by clicking on the Ubuntu button in the upper left hand corner, typing in “Terminal” and then clicking the “Terminal” icon

  2. Run these commands in the terminal:

mkdir ~/u1ftp
cd ~/u1ftp
ln \-s ~/u1ftp/ u1ftp
python u1ftp
  1. You sould see Listening on output to the terminal. Keep the terminal session open and open your home folder.

  2. Click the File > Connect to Server… menu (This step is similar for other FTP clients)

  3. Set the fields as follows:


    Port: 2121

    Type: FTP (with login)

    Folder: /

    Username: Your Ubuntu One username (email address)

    Password: Your Ubuntu One password

    Remember this password: Checked

  4. Click “Connect” and you should see a window pop up shortly with your folders and files on Ubuntu One. You can now copy files to and from here. If you want to bookmark this for future use, right-click on the entry in the left hand pane (“FTP as…”) and select “Add Bookmark”.