FileZilla: 6 Tips

FileZilla is the best free FTP software for both developers and webmasters. It allow you to access to files on your website directly, which means you can upload/download files, remove, change, delete modifications to your site from your computer.

Connect to SFTP/SSH server

FileZilla allows you to connect to a SFTP/SSH server.

  • File > Site Manager
  • New Site

Then input as following:

  • Protocol: SFTP – SSH File Transfer Protocol
  • Host: [IP/url]
  • Port: 22 or leave blank
  • Logon Type: Normal
  • User: Your username
  • Password: Your password

Show hidden files

Some servers hide special files like .htaccess. In order to view or modify this file, you need to make the servers reveal them.

  • Server > For showing hidden files

After clicking on this menu, you need to tick on a checkbox in the warning popup to make it not appear again in the future.

Synchronized browsing

This is an extremely useful feature if you keep browsing up and down the directory tree. Toggling the feature via the sync icon on FileZilla’s toolbar.

Processing terminated file transfers

Failed transfers can happen sometimes due to poor internet connection of either your internet or your server. When this happen, you can let FileZilla download them again.

  • Transfer > Process Queue

Edit file remotely

You don’t need to download a file to your computer, edit it then upload again. Any remote files can be edited via right-click > View/Edit.

This feature is useful to edit files which don’t need synchronizing between server and local host like database or server configuration.

Search remote files

One of the best ways to keep track of missing transfers is finding remote files to see whether they exist or change.

  • Server > Search remote files …

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