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FileZilla Installation

Download FileZilla

We recommend using FileZilla. Download the client version from their main web page: https://filezilla-project.org

FTP Settings

If you already have FileZilla installed, follow the Site Manager configuration. Information on other FTP clients we've come across can be found here: FTP clients

Installing FileZilla on Windows

Please note: All screenshots are from Windows 8. Yours may look different, but the functionality is the same. Make sure the user account being used for the installation has administrative rights that allow the installation of software.

Possible confirmation prompts

Depending on OS settings and version, it is possible that one or both of the following confirmation prompts may appear:

License agreement

You should now see the following window where you will have to accept the terms of the license agreement to continue. Read through it and click "I Agree" if you do.

Install for all users?

You will now have to decide if you want to install only for your user account or if FileZilla should be accessible by every user on the machine. This mainly affects where the Start Menu icons are placed. Installing for all users needs administrative privileges, and every user will have his/her own settings.

Choosing components

Next you need to choose which parts of the FileZilla client you want to install. If you hover your mouse over a choice, FileZilla will show you a description of the item. Here is the window:

Go through all of them and check/uncheck the stuff you want. Select additional languages if you want FileZilla in languages other than English. "Icon sets" let you choose different looks for FileZilla's icons (they are partly user contributed). The "shell extension" integrates FileZilla into the Windows Explorer. Most users will go with what's selected by default here. When you're all finished, click "Next".

Two small notes regarding the shell extension:

  1. Installing or removing requires full administrative privileges.
  2. Though FileZilla for Windows is only available as 32bit build, it contains a shell extension for both the 32bit and 64bit shell.

Install location

The default installation path is the "Program Files" directory on 32bit Windows and "Program Files (x86)" on 64bit Windows. Please, if you are migrating from FileZilla 2, don't ever install into the same directory as FileZilla 2! FileZilla 3 is not an upgrade to FileZilla 2, and merging both directories creates a mess.

Start menu shortcuts

Here, you will be asked what you want to name the folder with the shortcuts to FileZilla inside. The default name "FileZilla FTP Client" should be good for most people. You can also choose not to install these shortcuts.

Finishing installation

When you click "Install", FileZilla will get installed.

If no errors occur, it should complete in some seconds.

When it's done, click Next to finish the installation.

Congratulations, you've successfully installed the FileZilla Client and can now move on to using it!

Installing FileZilla on Mac OSX

Please note that the official binaries for FileZilla require OS X 10.5 or greater.

To install FileZilla, simply download the appropriate file to your computer. Most Macs made since 2006 use an Intel processor, so you'll want to download the package for the Intel processor. However if you have a G4 or G5 CPU, you'll want to use the PowerPC package. If you are unsure, try the Intel version first.

If you have downloaded the FileZilla package using Safari, it will be automatically extracted. You might have to manually extract the archive if you're using a different browser. To start FileZilla, simply double-click the extracted application bundle.

Top of FileZilla window covered by Mac OSX menu

When you start FileZilla in the Finder, you will see the window of FileZilla is covered by the top menu. You may find it difficult to move the window, because you cannot click on the covered top of the FileZilla window. Tip: You can resolve this problem by changing the resolution of your screen and then changing it back to the original resolution (during the resolution change, OSX re-checks that all windows are properly oriented).

Installing FileZilla on GNU/Linux and other Unix(-like) systems

It is recommended that you use the package manager for your distribution.

If you're using GNU/Linux, you can also try using the precompiled binaries. After extracting the files to any location (location does not matter, FileZilla can detect its own installation prefix), you can start the program using the FileZilla executable in the bin/ subdirectory. Please note that due to differences in distributions, the provided binaries might not work on your system.

Alternatively, you can compile FileZilla from source.