Starting FileZilla/FileZilla Pro

There are two basic ways to start FileZilla/FileZilla Pro:

  • From a shortcut on your computer’s desktop or the Start Menu.
  • From the command line

Starting FileZilla/FileZilla Pro from the Desktop or Start Menu

The FileZilla Pro icon looks like this:

The FileZilla icon looks like this:


During the installation process, you can choose to let the installer create a shortcut to FileZilla Pro
in the Start Menu.

If you’re using Windows 8 or above, click on the Start Menu and type ‘filezilla’ to find the shortcut.

If you selected to install the Desktop icon, a shortcut icon is available on your desktop.

If you didn’t select to create either the Start Menu shortcut or the desktop icon, use Windows Ex-
plorer to go to the directory where FileZilla Pro is installed and launch it from there.


If you followed the installation instructions exactly, FileZilla/FileZilla Pro will be accessible from your taskbar. You can also click on your Applications icon and scroll until you find the FileZilla Pro icon.

Starting FileZilla Pro from the Command Line

You can use the following command line parameters when starting FileZilla/FileZilla Pro:

  • URL: must be in the form [protocol://][user[:pass]@]host[:port][/path]. Valid protocol specifications:
    • ftp
    • sftp
    • ftps (implicit)
    • ftpes (explicit)
    • s3
  • -l, --logontype: type of login in use on the server. Options available:
    • ask
    • interactive

    Note:This parameter requires the URL parameter. FileZilla/FileZilla Pro will ask for any logon information not supplied in the FTP URL before connecting. Useful for custom scripts or shortcuts.

  • -s, --sitemanager: start with Site Manager window displayed.
  • Note: This parameter may not be used with the -c or URL parameters.

  • -c, --site: Connect to a site previously configured in the Site Manager. Site name requirements:
    • Site has to be given as complete path, with a slash as separation character.
    • Any slash or backslash that is part of a segment has to be escaped with a backslash.
    • Path has to be prefixed with 0 for user defined entries or 1 for default entries.
    • Site path may not contain double quotation marks.

  • -a, --local: Sets the local site to display the given path. (Requires version 3.7.1-rc1 or higher). Use double quotation for paths with spaces in them.
  • --close: Closes all running instances of FileZilla. (Windows only)
  • --verbose: Verbose log messages from wxWidgets.
  • -v, --version: Print version information to stdout and exit.


filezilla --site="0/foo/bar/sl\/ash"
Connects to the user site sl/ash in the site directory foo/bar.

filezilla --site="0/site1" --local="C:\site1 downloads"
Connects to the user site site1 and sets the local folder to C:\site1 downloads.

filezilla --local="C:\ downloads"
Connects to URL and sets the local folder to C:\ downloads.

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