The Absolute Beginners Guide to FileZilla

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logofilezillaFileZilla is one of the most popular FTP clients.

The main purpose of Filezilla is to make it easy for you to upload and download files from your web hosting server.

You can also edit the files and save changes without the need of manually downloading and uploading.

FileZilla supports Mac, Windows and Linux. 

This is an intoductory tutorial for people who are new to using FTP software.

Step #1. Install

You may download Filezilla from this link.

Following the installation wizard:

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Step #2. Open FileZilla

After installation, you will see a shortcut on desktop, make double click on it to open the software.

In the FileZilla menu go to File > Site Manager. Then go through these 5 steps:

  1. Click New Site.
  2. Add a custom name for this site.
  3. Add the hostname like: or the IP address like:
  4. Set the Logon Type to "Normal" and insert your FTP username and password. For users that have CPane with their hosting, those same login details may work also for FTP access.
  5. Press the "Connect" button.
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Step #3. Edit, Upload and Download files

On the left-hand side, you have the files from your computer

On  the right-hand side, you have the files from your server. Double click on the web folder (often this is "public_html") and inside you have the site's files.

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Editing files

To edit a file in the server files area, right click on the file and choose View/Edit.

After saving the changes from your custom text editor (for example, Notepad++) FileZilla will ask if you want to update the file on the server. When starting with FileZilla, its common to forget this step.

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Downloading files

To download a file from the server files area, right click on the file and choose Download.

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Uploading files

To upload a file from your computer to your server, right click on the file and choose Upload.

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