Yes, a file may be downloaded using FTP.
Possibly the most important part of downloading data is making sure that the downloaded data is usable on the target system.
FTP will transfer lots of things that are not usable on the pc, so you need to remove these before the download. This includes things like packed-decimal data and binary data. Actual decimal points should be used rather than an implied decimal. Any negative values should have the minus sign.
Was there some reason this was posted in the COBOL part of the forum? When you have a question you need to start a new topic in the proper part of the forum rather than post a reply to some unrelated topic.
Hope this helps,