FileZilla is a free, open-source FTP solution that offers both a client and server version. It's widely used for its reliability and user-friendly interface, supporting FTP, FTPS, and SFTP. FileZilla facilitates the transfer of files between local and remote servers. It's appreciated for its drag-and-drop functionality, site manager, and transfer queue features, making it a preferred choice for web developers and administrators who need a powerful yet straightforward tool for managing file transfers across various server types.
Learn more and download at https://filezilla-project.org/.
Before starting with FileZilla, below is a screenshot of the areas you will be working with.
- Connection Area and Settings
- Your Local Computer
- The Remote Server or Host
- The Status Area of Downloads and Transfers
After you get familiar with FileZilla, you'll need to head over to the site's WebHost to locate the FTP/SFTP credentials. If you are unsure where to locate these - contact the WebHost support or search their documentation.
The following will be needed from the WebHost:
- FTP/SFTP Server/Host Address.
- FTP/SFTP Username.
- FTP/SFTP Password.
- FTP/SFTP Port.
Once these items have been retrieved, it is time to connect to the remote server/host!
Depending on the remote server FTP configuration, you may need to prepend the address with one of the below. The first two are the most commonly used.
- ftp:// for normal FTP with optional encryption
- sftp:// for SSH file transfer protocol
- ftps:// for FTP over TLS (implicit)
- ftpes:// for FTP over TLS (explicit)
Enter your credentials into the FileZilla QuickConnect bar and select Quickconnect.
Note that the Username field has @example.com - some SFTP configurations require this to be appended to the Username but not all of the time.
If this is the first time you connect, you will see a pop-up about SSH host keys - please feel free to ignore any warnings to continue.
FileZilla will connect directly to the FTP/SFTP user's Home directory if everything goes well.
Once connected, you can browse your local computer's file system and the file system on the remote server/host. You can drag and drop directories and files and right-click on directories or files to download/upload them.
Note: Filezilla cannot extract zip files - that must be done before uploading.