How to Install FileZilla Pro on Debian Linux

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How to Install FileZilla Pro on Debian Linux

  1. Go to the directory where the installation file was downloaded.
    This file is named FileZilla_Pro__x86_64-linux-gnu.tar.bz.
  2. Open the file using the extract tool.
  3. Extract the files to the destination directory.
  4. Go to the directory where the files were extracted.
  5. Go to FileZilla3 directory.
  6. Start the program using the filezilla executable in the bin/ subdirectory.

Launch from command line

If it fails to launch from the file manager you may need to launch from the command line.
See below how to install and launch from command line:

  1. Open a terminal.
  2. Change to the directory where the installation file was downloaded,for example:
    cd ~/Downloads/
  3. Extract the file with:

    tar xf FileZilla_Pro__x86_64-linux-gnu.tar.bz

  4. Launch FileZilla Pro with:
    FileZilla3/bin/filezilla

To create a icon on the desktop:

  1. Copy the FileZilla3/share/applications/filezilla.desktop to your Desktop directory.
    cp FileZilla3/share/applications/filezilla.desktop $HOME/Desktop
  2. Open the file in a text editor. Adjust the paths at Exec and Icon according to the directory where the installation file was extracted to.
  3. A shortcut icon is shown on the desktop.
  4. Right-click the shortcut and choose Allow launching.
  5. The shortcut now shows the FileZilla Pro icon:
  6. If you use another desktop environment, like KDE, you need to change the shortcut properties to allow execution:
    • Right click the shortcut.
    • Choose Properties.
    • Mark Is Executable or Allow executing file as program.

Make it available in the list of applications

Note that some desktop environments do not support desktop icons. In this case move the filezilla.desktop to your applications directory:

mv filezillapro.desktop ~/.local/share/applications

The shortcut will be in the list of available applications.

Supported distributions

Please note that due to differences in distributions, the provided binaries for Debian Linux might not work on different GNU/Linux systems. The distributions where FileZilla Pro is known to work are:

  • Debian 10.4
  • Fedora 31 or greater
  • CentOS 8.1
  • Ubuntu 20.04 or greater
  • Linux Mint 20 or greater

The following distributions where FileZilla Pro does not work:

  • Ubuntu 18.04
  • OpenSUSE Leap 15.1 and OpenSUSE Leap 15.2
  • Linux Mint 19.3

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