How to Fix ECONNREFUSED – connection refused by server Error

If you encounter the ECONNREFUSED – connection refused by a server error in FileZilla and need help fixing it, you’ve come to the right place. This tutorial will guide you through several methods to resolve the FTP error. Let’s get started!

Error typeFTP
Error variationsConnection attempt failed with “econnrefused – connection refused by server”.
Error: connect econnrefused
Error causesFirewall configurations
Anti-virus configurations
Using incorrect port
Incorrect Filezilla configurations

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Method 1 – Disabling Firewall/Anti-Virus Software on Your Computer

One of the possible reasons for this error is that the firewall and anti-virus software on your computer is preventing FileZilla from making a connection.

If that’s the cause of the Error: Connect econnrefused – connection refused by server error, simply disable the firewall and anti-virus software on your computer and try to reconnect. Here’s how to do so on Windows:

  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard and type in Control Panel.
  2. Head to System and Security and locate Windows Defender Firewall.This image shows you the System and Security on Windows.
  3. On the left menu bar, find the option to Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off.This image shows you windows defender firewall settings on Windows to fix the ECONNREFUSED - connection refused by server error.
  4. On the next window, modify the settings to turn off Windows Defender Firewall for public and private networks, then press Ok.

On macOS, you need to:

  1. Click on the Apple menu on the upper left toolbar, then System Preferences.
  2. Locate the Security & Privacy option.this image shows you the system preferences settings on MacOs
  3. Switch to Firewall and click on the Turn Off Firewall option.This image shows you how to turn off firewall on macOs

To disable different anti-virus software on your computers, check out this article for detailed guidance.

That’s it! This method should fix the ECONNREFUSED – connection refused by server error instantly if your computers’ firewall and anti-virus are the problems. Should it persists, turn everything back on and do the next method instead.

Method 2- Changing FileZilla’s Default Port Value

How to change port number on FileZilla to fix the ECONNREFUSED - connection refused by server error

Sometimes, the error happens because you’re using the wrong port when connecting with FileZilla. If that’s the case, all you need to do is put 22 (default SFTP port) instead of 21 (default FTP port number) on the port column, as seen below.

Important! Make sure to edit the Site Manager’s configuration and change the protocol to SFTP – SSH File Transfer Protocol if you’re using port 22.

Method 3 – Editing FileZilla’s Network Configuration Wizard

If none of the solutions above work, try editing FileZilla’s network configurations to fix the ECONNREFUSED – connection refused by server error. To access the Network Configuration Manager, here’s what you need to do:

  1.  Connect to FileZilla FTP client and head to Edit -> Network Configuration Wizard.This image shows you how to find the network configuration wizard in FileZilla
  2. Press Next to proceed once a Firewall and router configuration wizard window pop out.
  3. Choose Passive (recommended) as the Default transfer mode, and put a check on the Allow fallback to another transfer mode on failure option.This image shows you how to edit firewall and configuration wizard in FileZilla
  4. Select Use the server’s external IP address instead.
  5. Choose the Get the external IP address from the following URL. If the input field is blank, enter the default value, which is, and proceed.
  6. Don’t make any changes to the port range configuration and select Ask operating system for a port.

Now you just need to make sure everything is configured correctly. Click on the Test button, and FileZilla will try to connect to to perform some simple tests.

If you don’t receive any errors during the test, try connecting to your hosting account again, and you should connect just fine. If the ECONNREFUSED – connection refused by server error still appears, contact your hosting customer support team for assistance.


By finishing this short tutorial, you’ve learned how to fix the FileZilla Error: Connect econnrefused – connection refused by server error through three simple methods. Here’s a quick recap of the reasons why it happens and how to fix it:

  • Computers’ anti-virus software and firewall preventing FileZilla from making a connection – turn them off temporarily on your computers.
  • Using the wrong port when making a connection – Use SFTP default number port (22) instead of the FTP port (21)
  • Misconfiguration in your FileZilla Client – editing the configurations through FileZilla’s Network Configurations Wizard.

Simple, right? If you have any other solutions, or if you have any questions, do let us know in the comments!

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