Filezilla Connection Attempt Failed - EAI_NONAME - Neither nodename nor servname provided, or not known

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I'm not able to connect to my site/servers via FTP. I've checked, and my name servers are pointing to Inmotion. Any other ideas why Filezilla isn't recognizing the server name?

Status: Resolving address of ftp.kristinad.com
Status: Connection attempt failed with "EAI_NONAME - Neither nodename nor servname provided, or not known".
Error: Could not connect to server

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Ronnie H.
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Sorry that you're running into trouble with Filezilla! As long as your FTP Username, Password, and Port (21) are correct, the most likely problem is something DNS related. This could come down to issues with a CDN like cloudflare, or just a recent DNS change not having synced up somewhere yet (common if a site was recently transferred). 

One reliable workaround to this is to switch out the domain you are using with your server name. Just look up your server name in cPanel, and use that in the place where you previously put your domain name. It should look something like ecbiz###.com, biz###.com, vps####.com, or something else along those lines (with the numbers replaced by the actual server numbers). Try that and hopefully it will resolve the issue!

Ronnie H.
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I have this same problem. I've tried everything mentioned; full domain name with and without ftp., the Server Name, and shared IP address. I've tried every type of login and encryption in FileZilla, all the various options in the Site Manager window. Nothing works, just keep getting the exact same error every time when it tries to connect: "EAI_NONAME - Neither nodename nor servname provided, or not known".

I can connect with Fetch, but I don't want to buy it just so I can use an inferior ftp app. FileZilla does side-by-side comparison so it's easy to only upload changed files. This needs to be resolved.

Hi, Steve. Sorry you're having FileZilla related trouble. 

I'd suggest checking the FTP Error Logs (in cPanel is the easiest method if you have an account with cPanel)  to see what specific error is being returned when you try to connect with FileZilla on the server side. These error messages are usually much more informative than the ones you get in FileZilla/other clients and should be able to point you in the right direction. 

If you need help interpreting the error, feel free to post it here after removing personally identifiable information like your URL or IP address, or running it by one of our live Support agents. They can SSH in to your server and see what the issue is if need be. 

steve mills

I have this same problem. I've tried everything mentioned; full domain name with and without ftp., the Server Name, and shared IP address. I've tried every type of login and encryption in FileZilla, all the various options in the Site Manager window. Nothing works, just keep getting the exact same error every time when it tries to connect: "EAI_NONAME - Neither nodename nor servname provided, or not known".

I can connect with Fetch, but I don't want to buy it just so I can use an inferior ftp app. FileZilla does side-by-side comparison so it's easy to only upload changed files. This needs to be resolved.

Ronnie H.
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Well, that didn't work either. Logging in with the server name just gave the same error.


But, I tried dropping the "ftp." from the front of my domain name did work. So, I'm good now.

Sorry I didn't think of that one earlier, but I'm glad that worked!

kristinad
Quote from Ronnie H.

Sorry that you're running into trouble with Filezilla! As long as your FTP Username, Password, and Port (21) are correct, the most likely problem is something DNS related. This could come down to issues with a CDN like cloudflare, or just a recent DNS change not having synced up somewhere yet (common if a site was recently transferred). 

One reliable workaround to this is to switch out the domain you are using with your server name. Just look up your server name in cPanel, and use that in the place where you previously put your domain name. It should look something like ecbiz###.com, biz###.com, vps####.com, or something else along those lines (with the numbers replaced by the actual server numbers). Try that and hopefully it will resolve the issue!

Well, that didn't work either. Logging in with the server name just gave the same error.


But, I tried dropping the "ftp." from the front of my domain name did work. So, I'm good now.

Ronnie H.
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Sorry that you're running into trouble with Filezilla! As long as your FTP Username, Password, and Port (21) are correct, the most likely problem is something DNS related. This could come down to issues with a CDN like cloudflare, or just a recent DNS change not having synced up somewhere yet (common if a site was recently transferred). 

One reliable workaround to this is to switch out the domain you are using with your server name. Just look up your server name in cPanel, and use that in the place where you previously put your domain name. It should look something like ecbiz###.com, biz###.com, vps####.com, or something else along those lines (with the numbers replaced by the actual server numbers). Try that and hopefully it will resolve the issue!