Filezilla Installation and Setup on Windows

IT Services recommends using Secure FTP (SFTP) when moving files, such as when maintaining content for a personal web site, in an effort to keep the Colleges' systems better protected.

FileZilla is an example of a secure FTP client for connecting to and managing content on your web site. Please use the instructions below to download, install, and configure FileZilla.


To download FileZilla:


  1. In your web browser, go to

  2. In the Quick download links section, click the button Download FileZilla Client


  3. On the Client Download page, your operating system should be shown; click Download FileZilla Client


To install FileZilla:

  1. Run the installer:


    • If given a choice to save the file as it downloads, click Save File



      Note: Save the file somewhere easy to access, such as your desktop.


      After the download has completed, find the file where you have saved it, and open itimage

      • If given a choice to run the file, click Run


  2. On the License Agreement, click I Agree



    Continue to follow the steps in the installer.


  3. On the imageChoose Installation Options screen, click Next


  4. On the Choose Components screen, click Next



  5. On the Choose Start Menu Folder screen, click Install



  6. On the completion screen, click Finish


    FileZilla should then open. A welcome screen will appear, with optional links such as to basic usage instructions.


    Click the links to read the materials, if you desire.


  7. When finished with the Welcome screen, click OK







To configure FileZilla:


Once FileZilla is open, you need to configure it with your site-specific information. The following instructions use an example configuration.



  1. In FileZilla, click File > Site Manager


  2. In the Site Manager, click New Site image

  3. On the left in the site tree, name your site


  4. In the General tab (on the right), in the Host field, enter sftp-people.hws.eduimage


  5. In the Protocol dropdown menu, select SFTP – SSH File Transfer Protocol


  6. In the Logon Type dropdown menu, select Normal

  7. In the User field, enter your HWS username


  8. In the Password field, enter your HWS password



  9. Click on the Advanced tab


  10. In the Advanced tab, in the Default local directory field, browse to your web site files


    This should be wherever you keep your working files, your own copy, of your web site.


  11. Leave the Default remote directory field blank


  12. Click Connect


  13. You may receive a message “Unknown host key”; click OK


    Once successfully connected, you will see a list of directories in the remote site window.


  14. Find the directory for your site and double-click on it


The files in your home directory will be listed and you will be able to add/delete/modify files in that directory.


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