Starting and Stopping FileZilla Server

Starting and Stopping FileZilla Server on Windows

There are three ways to start FileZilla Server:

  • Automatically if you set it to start with Windows.
  • From a link on your computer’s desktop or Start Menu, if you installed the icons.
  • From Microsoft default command-line tool (cmd.exe) or PowerShell.

Once started, FileZilla Server will be running in the background as a service and the log files,
by default, will be saved in the sub-folder Logswithin the chosen installation folder (see Windows Installation).
You can learn more about how to change the log path in the Logging section.

Starting and Stopping FileZilla Server from the desktop or Start Menu

If you installed the Desktop icons, two icons will be available on your desktop: one to start
the server and another to stop it.

If you installed the Start Menu icons, the same icons will be available in the start menu too.

For easier access, if you’re using Windows 8 or above you can click on the Start Menu and
type filezilla server to find the links.

To start FileZilla Server just double click on the Start icon. To stop FileZilla Server just click
on the Stop icon.

Starting and Stopping FileZilla Server from the command line

Since FileZilla Server is installed as a service, and it can be started using the usual Windows
command line service tools, like net or sc.

To start FileZilla Server open a cmd.exe or PowerShell console with Administrator privileges
and type the following command:

net start filezilla-server

To stop FileZilla Server open a cmd.exe or PowerShell console with Administrator privileges
and type the following command:

net start filezilla-server

Starting and Stopping FileZilla Server on Debian

On Debian Linux FileZilla Server is automatically started at installation time, and it can be
stopped or restarted using the usual systemd commands.

To start FileZilla Server, open a command line console and run the following command:

sudo systemctl start filezilla-server

To stop FileZilla Server, open a command line console and run the following command:

sudo systemctl stop filezilla-server

Once started, FileZilla Server will be running in the background and systemd’s command
journalctl can be used to view its logs.

To start the Administration interface, open a command line console and type run following
command:

/opt/filezilla-server/bin/filezilla-server-gu

Restart FileZilla Server

Restarting FileZilla Server is equivalent to stop it and then start it again, and can be done
following the instructions you find in the paragraphs dedicated to starting and stopping
FileZilla Server.

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