FTP Procedure for FileZilla Client

  1. Download/Installation

    You can obtain FileZilla Client for free from http://filezilla.sourceforge.net/.
    After the download completes, click Run, I Agree, and Next
    Select "Anyone who uses the computer (all users)", and click Next
    Use defaults of Icon Sets, Language Files, and Shell Extension, and click Next
    Use default Destination Folder, and click Next
    Use default Start Menu Folder, and click Next
    Wait while FileZilla Client is being installed
    Click Finish

  2. Settings

    Once you install FileZilla, open it up. You should now be on the main screen. Your screen should look like this:


Click the 'Site Manager' button to open the site manager so you can create your site.
Note that you will have to click the Site Manager button every time you launch FileZilla.


The 'Site Manager' window will pop up. Click the 'New Site' button. This is where you need to enter your web hosting account information.

Those should be the only fields you have to worry about. Once you have all the fields filled out, your screen should look like this:


Click on the 'Connect' button to connect. If you are having problems connecting here are some things to check:


Once the FTP program makes a connection, your screen should look like this:


  1. The list of files/folders on the right is the view of your web hosting account. The list of files/folders on the left is the view of your local machine.


  2. Transfering Files

    You can upload or download a file by double-clicking on it. It will be added to the transfer queue and the transfer starts automatically. To transfer folders and/or multiple files, select them and right-click the selection. Then you can click on Upload/Download in the popup menu.


  1. You can also drag the files from one side and drop them on the other side. To add files to the queue so that they will be transferred later, select them and click Add to Queue from the popup menu. You may also drag the files directly into the queue.


  2. Firewall / Passive FTP

    If you are behind a firewall and/or router you often need to use passive FTP to get a stable connection. Just open up the firewall settings dialog by clicking 'Edit' in the menu bar and then 'Settings'. Once the settings window is open click on the 'Firewall Settings' tab on the dialog. You can then check/uncheck 'Passive Mode' if necessary.


  1. Keyboard Shortcuts

    F5 - Refreshes local and remote file and folder views
    Tab - Switches to the next view
    Ctrl+C - Stops the current operation
    Ctrl+D - Disconnects from server
    Ctrl+Q - Connects to the server entered in the Quickconnect bar
    Ctrl+R - Reconnects to server
    Ctrl+S - Opens the Site Manager
    Ctrl+T - Shows or hides the treeview

Return to the San Jose IBM PC Club's home page