How to Install FileZilla Server on Windows

Installing FileZilla Server is slightly different on each operating system.

Note: Ensure that you pay attention to where the download saves onto your local computer.


Before installing FileZilla Server, you’ll need:

  • At least 25 MB of space free on your drive.
  • Administrator privileges.

Windows Installation

Note: You’ll require administrator privileges on the current computer if you want to install FileZilla Server for all users of the machine.

  1. Double-click on the FileZilla Server install file to start the installation. This file will be named FileZilla_Server_<version number>_<win64 or win32>-setup.exe: for example,


  2. If you downloaded the program from FileZilla website confirm you are ok with the program to make changes to your device.
  3. Accept the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL), the free opensource license under which terms FileZilla Server is provided.
  4. Select what you want to be installed:

    • All will install both the Administration interface and the Server;
    • Server will install only the Server;
    • Administration interface will install only the Administration interface;
    • Desktop icons adds a link to FileZilla Server to your desktop, making it easy to find and run the program. See Administration and Starting and Stopping FileZilla Server from the desktop or Start Menu;
    • Start menu shortcuts will install shortcuts in start menu.

    Note: You need to install at least one of them.

  5. Click Browse if you want to select an installation location. Click Next to move to the next page, the installation will happen in the proposed location.

  6. Pick an existing Start Menu folder to add the icons for FileZilla Server, or enter a new name to create a new Start Menu folder.
  7. FileZilla Server needs to be installed as a service on Windows (Windows Service). Select the launch option you prefer from the top-downmenu, you can either get it started automatically (default) or manually.
  8. The checkbox Start server after setup completes is selected by default, if you want you can
    deselect it.
    The service runs under the local SYSTEM Windows account by default, if you want to run it
    under a different account you will be prompted to enter the username and password.

    If you have previously installed FileZilla Server, the installer will present the option to keep the
    existing service settings. If you choose that option since you don’t need to set the port nor the
    password, as you have already set both before.

    Note: If you wish to run FileZilla Server under a different account, ensure that the account is included in the Replace a process level token user list. To verify this, follow these steps:

    1. Open the Group Policy Editor
    2. Navigate to Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\User Rights Assignment.

    Skip the next two steps and go to select how you want the Administration to start.

  9. Set the port on which FileZilla Server will listen to connections from the Administration interface.
  10. Note: The FileZilla Server is made of two components: the server itself and the Administration Interface used to configure it.

  11. Choose your password and enter it in the password field and then retype in the next field to confirm it.
  12. Note: if you do not choose a password, anyone having can access the server. As a security measure, if a password is not set, only local connections are allowed by the Administrator server, i.e. you’ll be able to configure only a server responding on localhost

  13. Select if you want the Administration to start automatically for every user or only for
    the current user or manually. The Start administration interface after setup completes is set by default, if you want you can deselect it.
  14. The installation is complete, you can now start configuring FileZilla Server.
  15. Note: you’ll be asked to take note of the fingerprint of the TLS certificate the server uses for administrative connections, so that you can double-check it later when you connect for the first time.

The video tutorial below shows how to install FileZilla Server on Windows.

Video tutorial: How to Install and Configure FileZilla Server

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