How to Configure FileZilla Client
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How to Configure FileZilla Client

If you’re looking for a way to configure FileZilla, you’re in the right place. Keep on scrolling and learn how to use FileZilla FTP client so you can easily manage your web files.

What is FileZilla?

Hosting control panels usually have certain upload limits. If you want to upload a larger file, you need to use an FTP client like FileZilla.

This open-source software helps you transfer local files to web servers and vice versa through its various transferring options.

What’s more, you can also edit and manage your website files remotely from a local computer. Pretty neat, right?

While FileZilla is quite easy to understand, it can be a little bit confusing for beginners. Not to worry — you can connect your webserver to FileZilla in these three easy steps. Let’s take a look!

Step 1: Collecting FTP details

First thing first, you need to gather the FTP details of your hosting account. For Hostinger users, the information is located in the hPanel’s FTP Accounts menu.

This image shows you how to find FTP Accounts in hPanel

You will find your FTP hostname, username, and port. If you don’t know the password to the FTP account, reset it by pressing the Change account password button.

This image shows you FTP account credentials

In case you need a new account for some reason, simply scroll down and Create a New FTP Account.

Step 2: Adding a Site to FileZilla Site Manager

Open FileZilla and access Site Manager. You can do so by going to the File menu or pressing CTRL+S (CMD+S on macOS).

This image shows you how to access FileZilla's site manager

Once the Site Manager window popped up, click New Site and fill in the columns with your FTP details. Here’s a short explanation of each column:

  • Host — in most cases, you can use your domain as the host by writing ftp.yourdomain.com
  • Port — the FTP server data port. The default port is 21, but this field is not mandatory
  • Protocol — protocol for exchanging files over any network. Select FTP – File Transfer Protocol.
  • Encryption — the way your data will be encrypted. Most providers recommend using Only use plain FTP (insecure) option because other methods require certificates and other configurations. Luckily, Hostinger supports the more secure mode, so you can choose the Use explicit FTP over TLS if available option.
  • Logon Type — the type of login that will take place. Choose Normal.
  • User — FTP username
  • Password — your FTP password.

Keep in mind that if your domain is not pointing to your host, the hostname ftp.yourdomain.com will not work. If that’s the case, use the server IP that is specified in FTP Accounts.

Step 3: Connecting to the FTP Server

Once you have filled all of the required information, scroll down and click Connect.

This image shows you how to fill in the details in FileZilla's Site Manager

If you set the Encryption column as Use explicit FTP over TLS if available, then you will be prompted with the TLS certificate inspection screen. This image shows you the TLS certificate inspection screen in FileZilla

To proceed, press OK. You may also tick the Always trust certificate in future sessions box. That way, you won’t have to perform this action each time an FTP connection is made with FileZilla.

And that’s it! You should now be able to see the directory listing of your FTP server.This image shows you a successful FileZilla connection

If FileZilla responds with Connection established, initializing TLS… and it fails to open the connection, navigate to File -> Site Manager and try changing your Encryption to Only use plain FTP (insecure).

Unsuccessful Connection

In case the connection was unsuccessful, ask your hosting provider for assistance, or check out our FileZilla error tutorials:

Conclusion

Congratulations, you have successfully connected to your web server using FileZilla! All you need to do is gather your FTP details and use them to add your site to FileZilla. Pretty easy, right?

If you have any questions or tips to share, you’re welcome to do so in the comment section!

The Author

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Edvinas B. / @edvinas

Edvinas mentors and trains every new customer support agent at Hostinger. When he's not teaching new guys the secrets of providing an exceptional service, he likes to travel the world and play basketball.

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akash patel Reply

April 13, 2017

Status: Resolving address of ftp.akashav1.xyz Status: Connecting to 31.170.164.220:21… Status: Connection established, waiting for welcome message… Status: Initializing TLS… I am not going beyond this. Not able to see my files webiste is akashav1.xyz

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Mike Reply

April 13, 2017

hostinger seems very difficult to use for me. i’m going to host my website corearticles.com. i still don’t find the solution and i hope will find it soon.

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ALEX BATISTA Reply

April 15, 2017

Não gostei!!

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boyboy Reply

April 16, 2017

thank you very much! it help me a lots. now, I can make a website for myself ..... It so hard but so fun, i like it!

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Tuneer Mahatpure Reply

April 18, 2017

i am not able to connect filezilla client...message showing could not connect to server and also my default port is 23. please help me out i am in between of emergency i uploaded php files which are very important for me

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    Domantas G.

    Replied on May 03, 2017

    You should use default FTP port which is 21.

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Prince Reply

May 03, 2017

I,m getting these errors .Does anybody know solution..?? Status: Connecting to 31.170.167.178:21... Status: Connection established, waiting for welcome message... Response: 220---------- Welcome to Pure-FTPd [privsep] [TLS] ---------- Response: 220-You are user number 68 of 250 allowed. Response: 220-Local time is now 16:31. Server port: 21. Response: 220-This is a private system - No anonymous login Response: 220 You will be disconnected after 3 minutes of inactivity. Command: AUTH TLS Response: 234 AUTH TLS OK. Status: Initializing TLS... Error: Connection timed out after 60 seconds of inactivity Error: Could not connect to server

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    Domantas G.

    Replied on May 03, 2017

    It seems that you are using incorrect IP address. Double check the IP address or try using your domain name instead.

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      javed miandad

      Replied on June 02, 2017

      i am also egtting the same issue. i am getting below error. unable to connect to filezila to upload the file for a website. i am not sure what to do. please help me on this. its very urgent. error received: Error: Connection timed out after 20 seconds of inactivity Error: Could not connect to server

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      javed miandad

      Replied on June 02, 2017

      also where do we have IP address. we have only host name, username, password, port. i dont find any IP address in filezila. Please help me . i am new to this.

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      NAZAR SHAIK

      Replied on June 03, 2017

      where to get database connection detailes for wordpress

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    [SK]

    Replied on June 23, 2017

    If your FileZilla client responds with Connection established, initializing TLS… and the connection does not open, navigate to File -> Site Manager and try changing your Encryption to Only use plain FTP (insecure). https://www.hostinger.com/tutorials/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2017/04/filezilla-client-use-plain-ftp.png?x76319

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პაატა Reply

May 11, 2017

Hi how to secure my connection information ? br,

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javed miandad Reply

June 02, 2017

i am getting below error. unable to connect to filezila to upload the file for a website. i am not sure what to do. please help me on this. its very urgent. error received: Status: Resolving address of ftp.ozaannrestaurant.in Status: Connecting to 31.170.167.232:21... Status: Connection established, waiting for welcome message... Response: 220---------- Welcome to Pure-FTPd [privsep] [TLS] ---------- Response: 220-You are user number 71 of 250 allowed. Response: 220-Local time is now 11:07. Server port: 21. Response: 220-This is a private system - No anonymous login Response: 220 You will be disconnected after 3 minutes of inactivity. Command: AUTH TLS Error: Connection timed out after 20 seconds of inactivity Error: Could not connect to server Status: Waiting to retry... Status: Resolving address of ftp.ozaannrestaurant.in Status: Connecting to 31.170.167.232:21... Status: Connection established, waiting for welcome message... Response: 220---------- Welcome to Pure-FTPd [privsep] [TLS] ---------- Response: 220-You are user number 71 of 250 allowed. Response: 220-Local time is now 11:08. Server port: 21. Response: 220-This is a private system - No anonymous login Response: 220 You will be disconnected after 3 minutes of inactivity. Command: AUTH TLS Error: Connection timed out after 20 seconds of inactivity Error: Could not connect to server Status: Disconnected from server Status: Resolving address of ftp.ozaannrestaurant.in Status: Connecting to 31.170.167.232:21... Error: Connection timed out after 20 seconds of inactivity Error: Could not connect to server Status: Waiting to retry... Status: Resolving address of ftp.ozaannrestaurant.in Status: Connecting to 31.170.167.232:21... Error: Connection timed out after 20 seconds of inactivity Error: Could not connect to server

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    SK

    Replied on June 22, 2017

    If your FileZilla client responds with Connection established, initializing TLS... and the connection does not open, navigate to File -> Site Manager and try changing your Encryption to Only use plain FTP (insecure). https://www.hostinger.com/tutorials/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2017/04/filezilla-client-use-plain-ftp.png?x76319

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Alethea Reply

June 04, 2017

I am getting the following error. Failed to create listen socket, aborting. Connection closed Please help

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Pankaj Tomar Reply

June 09, 2017

i have successfully established the connection on FILEZILLA but how to use the uploaded file on website??

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berwirausaha Reply

June 12, 2017

the problem is why not optimize auto installer + export - import database

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Yann Reply

June 14, 2017

Hello guys, Trying to connect my website to upload a file after a long period of inactivity. According to dashboard, the max file number and the max disk capacity are not reached. Thank you very much for your help. Find hereafter the logs of my problem: Statut : Connexion à 31.170.164.156:21... Statut : Connexion établie, attente du message d'accueil... Statut : Initialisation de TLS... Statut : Vérification du certificat... Statut : Connexion TLS établie. Statut : Connecté Statut : Démarrage de l'envoi de /Users/frederic/Downloads/google466056a843228ef2.html Commande : CWD /public_html Réponse : 250 OK. Current directory is /public_html Commande : TYPE A Réponse : 200 TYPE is now ASCII Commande : PASV Réponse : 227 Entering Passive Mode (31,170,164,156,139,125) Commande : STOR google466056a843228ef2.html Réponse : 552 Disk full - please upload later Erreur : Erreur critique lors du transfert du fichier Statut : Déconnecté du serveur

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    Domantas G.

    Replied on June 15, 2017

    Hey, This is a server side issue and it should be already fixed. Try uploading your file again.

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saiteja Reply

June 14, 2017

hi i got a domain from goDaddy and im trying to host it from hostinger using FTP protocol but i cant establish the connection ion filezilla.is this possible ? if not suggest me the solution

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    Domantas G.

    Replied on June 15, 2017

    Hey, Most likely your domain name is not pointing to Hostinger nameservers or DNS are still propagating. Try using IP address as a hostname to connect to FTP.

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Vaasees Reply

June 15, 2017

Hi, I am not able to connect to hostinger from FileZilla. I am getting the below error message. Status: Connecting to 31.170.167.166:21... Error: Connection timed out after 20 seconds of inactivity Error: Could not connect to server I have given the right IP address, Port, User Credentials. Still getting the same error. Could you please assist on this.

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Praful Reply

June 18, 2017

I have uploaded files using FileZilla but still, I am unable to access my website prafulanswer.com Could you please help to solve this problem.

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Aman Sharma Reply

June 19, 2017

Could not connect to server Status: Waiting to retry... Status: Resolving address of ftp.indovators.in 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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    Domantas G.

    Replied on June 19, 2017

    Hello, Please try to use IP address instead of your domain name. It should work.

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Rajesh Reply

June 25, 2017

I have configured the filezilla but I want to edit my website, content and themes I couldn't do that, can anyone please help me out this,

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    Domantas G.

    Replied on June 26, 2017

    Hello, Why? Can you provide more information?

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AMIT GOYAL Reply

June 28, 2017

i am not able to connect filezilla client…message showing could not connect to server and also my default port is 21. please help me out i am in between of emergency i uploaded php files which are very important for me

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    Domantas G.

    Replied on June 28, 2017

    Hello, Please provide full error message.

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Olivia Reply

July 01, 2017

I get this : What do I do ?? Status: Connection attempt failed with "EAI_NONAME - Neither nodename nor servname provided, or not known". Error: Could not connect to server Status: Waiting to retry... Status: Resolving address of ftp.booksandreaders.tk 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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    Domantas G.

    Replied on July 03, 2017

    Hello, Try using IP address instead of your domain name.

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Jishnuraj Reply

July 04, 2017

I'm using an Android ftp client app called ES File explorer.but it's failing while uploading files.

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    Domantas G.

    Replied on July 05, 2017

    Hey, Do you get any specific errors?

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Ivy Reply

July 15, 2017

how and why i cant install wordpress, i already had transferred it to FTP Filezilla .

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Global Reply

July 17, 2017

Error: Could not connect to server Status: Waiting to retry... Status: Resolving address of smscampaigning.com Status: Connecting to 162.255.119.106:21... Status: Connection attempt failed with "ECONNREFUSED - Connection refused by server". Error: Could not connect to server I am facing the above problem while connecting to file since yesterday....please help

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