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Wednesday, 18 August 2010 07:40

FileZillaFileZilla is free, open source, cross-platform FTP software, consisting of FileZilla Client and FileZilla Server. Binaries are available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. It supports FTP, SFTP, and FTPS (FTP over SSL/TLS). As of 5 March 2009, FileZilla Client was the 5th most popular download of all time from
FileZilla Server is a sister product of FileZilla Client. It is an FTP server supported by the same project and features support for FTP and FTP over SSL/TLS.
FileZilla's source code is hosted on The project was featured as Project of the Month in November 2003

Features and limitations


  • Site manager

Allows a user to create a list of FTP sites along with their connection data, such as the port number to use, the protocol to use, and whether to use anonymous or normal logon. For normal logon, the username is saved and optionally the password.

  • Message log

Displayed along the top of the window. It displays the console-type output showing the commands sent by FileZilla and the remote server's responses.

  • File and folder view

Displayed under the message log, provides a graphical interface for FTP. Users can navigate folders and view and alter their contents on both the local and remote machines using an Explorer-style tree interface. Users can drag and drop files between the local and remote computers.

  • Transfer queue

Displayed along the bottom of the window, shows the real-time status of each queued or active file transfer.


  • Scripting

Cannot be scripted from a command line or internally. Only manual, interactive supported.
Windows 9x
As of version 2.2.23, FileZilla uses Unicode internally. As a result, it no longer runs on Windows 9x/ME.
Mac OS X
The current binary versions of FileZilla for Mac OS X no longer support Mac OS X v10.4 ‘Tiger’ or earlier. Running FileZilla with versions older than Mac OS X v10.5 ‘Leopard’ requires compilation.

  • Timestamps - Uploading

In FTP mode date/timestamps attributes on uploaded files can only be retained if the server supports the MFMT command. In SFTP mode the said attributes can be retained starting with FileZilla 3.0.8.[citation needed]

  • Timestamps - Downloading

Date/timestamps on downloaded files can only be retained if the partition on which the files are saved supports timestamps for file creation date and time. E.g. on FAT32/NTFS partitions you can keep in the download folder the original timestamps that the files have on the server. Only newer versions of FileZilla support keeping timestamps

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