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When using FileZilla as your FTP program, you can upload and download files to your local computer and from your web server easily. This article explains how to transfer files with FileZilla and how the basic FileZilla interface works. To learn how to transfer files in FileZilla, you willneed to connect first. If you do not know how to connect, please see our article on Configuring your site in FileZilla.

Basic functions of FileZilla

The connection status window

FileZilla connection windowWhen connecting to FileZilla the "Connection window" will show a Successful status if successful. The image to the right shows the "Connection window" in FileZilla.

Local Folder navigation window

FileZilla Local Site windowThe image to the right shows the navigation window for your local computers folders. This "Local Site" is for navigating to a specific folder location on your computer.

In the image to the right, the folder that is viewed is in the "www/community/builder/tables" folder on the local computer.

Remote server folder navigation window

FileZilla Remote site windowThe image to the right shows the Remote folders. These are the" Remote Site" folders on your web server. This is for navigating through your server folders.

The image to the right shows the folder "public_html/a-test" location on the web server.

Local window for files on your computer

FileZilla Local filesThe "Filename" window underneath the "Local Site" window is where you manage the files on your local computer.

The "Filename" window shows the contents of the "www/community/builder/tables" folder on the local computer.

Remote window for files on the server

FileZilla Remote filesThe "Filename" window underneath the "Remote Site" window is where you manage the files for your web server.

This "Filename" window shows the "public_html/a-test" contents. In this case the directory is empty.

Uploading from your computer to the server

Upload a file FileZillaTo upload files from your local computer to your server, you simply drag the files from your "Filename" Window underneath the "Local Site" Window to the "Filename" Window underneath the "Remote Site" window. See the image to the right for an exact representation of how to do this.

Downloading from your server to your local computer

Download a fiel FileZillaJust like uploading to your server, you can download files to your local computer by dragging files from the "Filename" window underneath the "Remote Site" window to the "Filename" window underneath the "Local Site" Window. Snapshot to the right show the details.

That's all there is to transferring files from your server to your local computer through FileZilla.

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n/a Points
2018-10-18 3:09 am

How to stop the file transfer

1,123 Points
2018-10-18 8:30 am
You'll have an option to stop the queue while its transferring. Alternatively, you can always disconnect from the server.
n/a Points
2018-05-16 4:30 pm

I uploaded my old email (outlook) files with Filezilla. Where can I find them and open it?


31,539 Points
2018-05-17 9:59 am
You should open these files with an email client such as Outlook, Mac Mail, Thunderbird, etc. If you want to upload your emails to the Email server, you can use IMAP. This is covered in our guide on Using Thunderbird to transfer Emails between servers.

Thank you,
13,821 Points
2017-09-29 7:04 am
FileZilla has <a href="">keyboard shortcuts</a>.
n/a Points
2017-09-28 6:44 pm

Is there any way to transfer files without using a mouse?

n/a Points
2017-02-15 1:23 am

Hi, i was editing flash file from web using filezilla, and when i save there is an error, local: unable to open C:\Users\My Acer\AppData\Local\Temp\fz3temp-3\BasicArithmeticGame.fla

Error:Critical file transfer error


how to fix this? please response, Thank You

42,832 Points
2017-02-15 4:40 pm
Hello Arwin,

Sorry to hear the problem with your file. It looks like the file might be corrupted. You may want to move it to a different location via email or some other location. I recommend trying to use a utility program to repair the drive and see if that helps. If that doesn't help you may want to speak with a local technical support person to help with fixing your local drive.

If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2016-05-15 11:07 pm

Due you have a manual on FileZillia that I can buy?

Plese advise.



43,761 Points
2016-05-16 2:50 pm
We do not have a manual for FileZilla for purchase. They have the best documentation on their software at the official site. (FREE!)

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