How to Fix ECONNREFUSED – connection refused by server Error

How to Fix ECONNREFUSED – connection refused by server Error

If you come across the ECONNREFUSED – connection refused by a server error in FileZilla and don’t know how to fix it, then you’re in the right place. This tutorial will show you how to resolve the FTP error through a few methods. Let’s check it out!

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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 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

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

ProTip: 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 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!

The Author


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.


Alex Reply

November 16 2017

Thank you! It really worked!


Deivid Reply

November 28 2017

I tried the walkthrougt bellow and the error continues. Now show message is: Failed to create listen socket on port 0, aborting. Can you help me to solve this trouble?


    Domantas G.

    Replied on December 14 2017

    Hey Devid, If you get this error on a website hosted by us, please provide a link here or contact our customer success team.


    Kumaravel Chellappan

    Replied on September 18 2019

    Were you able to solve this? I have the same issue. Thank you.


Owen Reply

April 10 2019

Thanks it worked for me

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