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/bin directory.
  6. Start the program using the filezilla executable in the bin/ subdirectory.

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, eg:
    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.
  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.
  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.

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.

Note: 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 and Fedora 32
  • CentOS 8.1
  • Ubuntu 20.04
  • Linux Mint 20

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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