How Do I Connect to a Server Using FileZilla/FileZilla Pro?

Below you find a step by step guide, if you prefer you can watch our How Do I Connect to a Server Using FileZilla/FileZilla Pro video tutorial.

First you need to connect to a remote server.

FileZilla/FileZilla Pro provides a number of different ways to connect to a remote server. You can:

Connecting to a server via the QuickConnect bar

You can typically find the QuickConnect bar at the top of the main window, underneath the toolbar.

Note: Only the last 10 connections created via the QuickConnect bar will be saved for future use. To save a connection in the Site Manager once it’s made, see Save current connection to Site Manager in the next paragraph.

  1. Enter the address in the Host field.
  2. If the connection requires FTP, you don’t need to include a protocol – just enter the address in IP (eg. 192.0.2.0) or in hostname format (eg. server.example.com) format. If the connection requires a different protocol, include it in the address –eg. ftps://192.0.2.0 or s3://server14.amazonaws.com.

  3. Enter your user ID for the connection in the Username field.
  4. Enter your password in the Password field.
  5. If required, enter a port number in the Port field.
  6. Click on Quickconnect.

Save current connection to Site Manager

If you connected to a remote server via the QuickConnect bar or by importing a previous Transfer Queue, you may want to save the connection details for future use.

  1. In the menu bar, click on File > Copy current connection to Site Manager….
  2. Enter a name for the connection.
  3. Click on OK.

Connecting to a new FTP, SFTP, or FPTS server via the Site Manager

Before connecting to a remote server, you’ll need some connection information:

  • The protocol that the server uses. This will often be FTP if you’re creating a standard website. See Protocols Supported by FileZilla and Protocols Supported by FileZilla Pro.
  • The address of the server, and its port number if it uses a non-standard one.
  • Your user ID for the server. This might be different to your usual login for the site.
    Some servers won’t require a login, and will instead allow an anonymous connection
    (typically for downloads).
  • If you have a user ID, your password for the server. Like your user ID, this might be different to your usual password for the site.

  1. In the menu bar, click on File > Site Manager….
  2. Click on New Site.
  3. Enter a name for the new server. This is solely for display, so pick something that will remind you which server it represents.
  4. Select a protocol from the Protocol drop down list. If the server uses FTPS, select FTP.
  5. Enter the address for the server in the Host field. This can be in IP address format
    (eg. 192.0.2.0) or in hostname format (eg. server.example.com) format.
  6. If required, enter a port number in the Port field.
  7. If the server requires FTPS, select Use explicit FTP over TLS if available from the Encryption drop down list. If the server does not support FTPS select Only use plain FTP (insecure). However with this option all the data, including the credentials, is transferredin clear text.
  8. Select a login method from the Login Type drop down list. Typically this will be Normal or Anonymous.
  9. If required, enter your user ID and password in the User and Password fields.
  10. Click on OK to save the server connection details, or Connect to save the server and connect to it.

The video tutorial below shows how to use Site Manager and how to organize the server connections.

Video tutorial: FileZilla and FileZilla Pro Site Manager

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