Altova FlowForce Server 2023 Advanced Edition

Full path: /system/ftp/retrieve-wildcard


Retrieves from the FTP server any files that match a wildcard, for example, *.xml. Upon success, the function returns a list of written files (absolute local paths) or an empty list, if no match has been found. If execution fails, the outcome depends on the Abort on error parameter described below.


If you intend to use the triggerfile parameter in any FTP function, remember that its path is absolute. For an example, see the FTP store function.







FTP Server


Address of the remote FTP server, either as a URL or IP address.


Mandatory parameter.



The port number used to connect to the FTP server. The default value is 21.

Directory on host


The name of the directory, on the host, from which you want to delete a file.


Optional parameter.

Login credentials


The username and password of the FTP account, as a FlowForce credential record, see Credentials.


Skip this parameter if the FTP server does not require credentials.

Use passive mode


Use passive mode if connection problems occur (for example, if routers or firewalls are set up to prevent active connections).

Use SSL/TLS encryption


(Optional parameter, the default value is No.) To transfer information, FTP uses a command channel and a data channel. If you would like to transfer FTP data without encryption, set this value to No. Otherwise, set this value to one of the following:


Explicit with encrypted command channel

Explicit with encrypted command and data channel


If you set any of the two options above, the server certificate will be validated according to the Verify server certificate parameter described below.


Note:Implicit encryption is considered deprecated, and thus not supported in FlowForce.

Verify server certificate


(Optional parameter.) Specifies how FlowForce should verify the FTP server's certificate. Valid values:


No verification - Accept any certificate.

Verify against system certificate store (default value) - On Windows, use the certificate store of the user account running the job and the system store to verify the certificate signature. On Linux, use the system certificate store, usually located in /usr/lib/ssl/cert.pem and /usr/lib/ssl/certs, or the path where the SSL_CERT_FILE and SSL_CERT_DIR environment variables point to.

Verify against selected server certificate - FlowForce will compare the FTP server's certificate with the one specified in the Server Certificate parameter.


Using this parameter requires the presence of a server certificate and a secure connection. If a secure connection cannot be established, the FTP function will fail.

Server certificate


(Optional parameter.) Specifies the path to a certificate object in FlowForce. The specified FlowForce certificate will be verified against the FTP server certificate if you also set the previous parameter to Verify against selected server certificate. Otherwise, this parameter value will be ignored.



Mandatory parameter. Specifies a wildcard, for example, *.xml. Any files matching the wildcard will be retrieved.  See also Wildcards in FTP functions.

Abort on error


This parameter dictates the function's behavior when execution fails. Namely, on execution failure, the function returns one of the following:


If the Abort on error parameter is false, then the list of retrieved files is not returned.

If the Abort on error parameter is true, then the function retrieves files until failure is encountered, and then it aborts execution.


Therefore, some files may still be retrieved even if execution fails.

Working directory


The directory where all files retrieved from the FTP server should be stored.



The FTP account name of the user allowed access to the files on the remote server.


Optional parameter.


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