FileZilla Tutorial: Functions

By | March 12, 2013

Functions of FileZilla

FileZilla has several characters which makes its usage easy and broadens its functions.

Inway Hosting chapter, we will describe various functions of FileZilla.

Site Manager

First function is Site Manager; it is located in File Menu. With its help one can store the details of connection for developing a new website. So, you need not require to enter the details, every time when you start the program.


The details of FTP connections settings can be found on Link FTP Tutorial. Here you have to enter the Host name and FTP port (which is 21 by default)

Further, you can select the server type protocol whichever you prefer, for establishing a FTP connection fixed it to FTP –File Transfer Protocol. For making FTP connection more secure over SSH select SFTP (SSH File transfer Protocol). If you want to know more about SSH, go through our Link SSH Tutorial. The two other modes are FTPS (FTP over implicit TLS (Transport Layer Security)/SSL (Security Sockets Layer) and FTPES (FTP over explicit TLS/SSL). FTPS establish the security connection directly, whereas FTPES permits the client to request security connection from FTP server. More about it in detail can be found in the given Tutorial:

Fix Logon type to Normal. So that you can identify the username and password set for present FTP connection and they are kept in the application data. Another option of this is given below:

Anonymous –You can access anonymous user without using the password. For knowing more about Anonymous FTP feature read FTP Tutorial.

Ask for Password – the login process will remain same as the normal options, but the only difference is password is not remembered by the system. The moment you start FTP, you will be prompted for the password.

Interactive –also works on the same mechanism, the only difference is, it asks for password every time you set up the connection.  For e.g. if you have established several simultaneous connection at one time to transfer files, then for each connections you will be prompted for password.

Account – FTP account can be created via cPanel  ->> FTP accounts and enter all the FTP details in your FileZilla Site Manger region. And give the name of the account as per your choice.

Click on “Connect” button to establish the connection.

Now you can open a new page on the directory tree and can add a bookmark for the connection of website. You can also Delete copy or Rename the new site connection.

The Advanced column of Site Manager permits their user to define the type of server (Like UNIX). The best option is to allow software to detect server type of their own (Default option).In addition to this; you can choose local and remote directories for establishing FTP connection and can also manipulate the server time Zone offset.

In the Transfer Settings section you can switch between the active and the passive FTP modes and increase the number of the simultaneous connections. On the Inway Hosting servers use the passive FTP mode.

In the Charset section you can set the charset for the file names used by the server. The best solution is to pick theAutodetect option.


Next very important function is “setting”, which is further divided into several sections:


First one is “Connection” where you can regulate maximum number of retries, even if the connection fails again and again. You can also install firewall and Router configuration wizard. It helps in configuring the settings of Firewall or router in order to make smooth FTP connection without any Interruption. We provide FTP Hosting India

In FTP subsection, you can regulate – Active and Passive modes, place FTP Proxy details, add the SSH private key file in the SFTP area and enter Generic proxy details.

In Transfer section, you can fix optimum number of instantaneous Transfers can limit total number of simultaneous uploads and downloads. You can also restrict the uploading and downloading speed. In addition to this, you can set timeout which directs the time interval till FileZilla will wait, when data cannot be received or sent before dropping the connection.

In the subsection File Types you can describe default files transfer type (ASCII or Binary) and can choose the extension of file which may be treated as ASCII.

The subsection File Exists action permits you to describe the action which has to be performed, if the consequent target file already exists. Among them the possible options are: Ask for action, Resume, Overwrite, Rename, Skip and others.

In the Interface segment, you can select the preferred theme and layout, define visual position of logs, modify date/time and the file size formats. In the subsection of File lists you can situate the sorting order and threshold for the timestamp based on comparison and describe the double click actions for files and directories.

Through Language Button, select the default language which is set for the software.

In the section of File Editing, You can define Default File Editor.

Logging section helps you to set a log for the software.

Debug section helps you in defining the level of debugging. All the corresponding messages get stored in log file, which further permits you to find and solve the problem which may occur during FileZilla usage.

Transfer Manually

Under certain situations, you may require to transfer single files with the help of manual transfer methods. This function allows you in defining transfer direction (uploading or downloading). You can select a local file either remote or remote folder. You can use either details of FTP connection through Site Manger or you can put the details manually.  Also you can define the type of Data in Uploaded or Downloaded File (ASCII or Binary) and select the option to start transfer spontaneously. Click on OK button to confirm the configuration.


Bookmark function helps you in accessing files of different folders of your account very easily. Click on the option of “Bookmark” from the menu and select Add bookmark option. Here you can also describe whether the book mark will be valid for a specific website or valid globally.

In Next step, enter the bookmark name.

At last mention the steps for local and remote directories. So, once the connection will set up, this will help you in using the bookmark to open the folders instead of looking for the page in folder tree. It will also help you in uploading files to several different folders. So switch between different bookmarks via Book marks menu. We provide Online shopping website hosting

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