Setting up an FTP connecting using FileZilla

March 13, 2008


FTP or File Transfer Protocol is a method for transferring files between two computers on a network. This can be between two computers on your local business network or a computer the other side of the world. Dating as far back as 1971, FTP is still widely used today from a web developer updating a website or company distributing files that are too large to be sent via email.

Back in the day using FTP was bit of chore. You needed to type in commands like FTP, BYE, MKDIR, GET, PUT, MPUT and MGET at the command line to navigate the file system. Far too geeky!


Luckily you can use graphical user interface to make using FTP less of a chore. Windows users can simply need to open up Windows Explorer or My Computer, doesn’t matter which, just type in ftp://<IP address or computer> into the address bar. For example or ftp://123.456.789.123. It will then prompt you for a username and password. Once logged in, click on the Folders icon on the address bar and simply use it as if you’re moving files around locally on your PC.

Mac people check out this page, Using FTP in Finder.

Power Users

If you use FTP on daily basis you will probably benefit from a dedicated FTP client. FTP clients like FileZilla provide a wealth of features from account management for handling multiple FTP logins, transfer resumes, intelligent file over writes and configurable speed limits.

So here is quick overview to getting started with FileZilla, an open source product (free) which is available for Windows, Mac and Linux users.

  1. Firstly head over to FileZilla website, download (client version) and install
  2. Once installed, load it up and click on Site Manager icon (above host)


  3. This will launch Site Manager. Click on New Site > in the Host field enter the address of the web server and select Logontype as Normal > enter User and Password.


  4. On the next tab labelled Advanced, click on Browse and select the local directory you typically transfer files to and from on your computer. If you know the directory on the FTP server you can also enter this under Default remote directory. Once finished, click on OK.


  5. Now that FileZilla has your FTP login details, which are hopefully correct (double check them!) simply click on the drop icon next to the Site Icon you click on before. This will connect you to your FTP server. On the left hand side you have your local files and on the right the remote files on the FTP server. You can either drag and drop, double click on them or right click on them to transfer them between the two locations. image

Read more at Wikipedia File Transfer Protocol and Filezilla Wiki

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