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Installing and Configuring Filezilla


Unless you have a wide screen, the most efficient way to use this Web page is probably to print it out for reference while you are following these steps, rather than trying to flip back and forth between windows.


Installing FileZilla


  1. Skip to step 8. Steps 2 through 7 are preserved here because they may be useful again, but right now, they will not work reliably.

  2. Go to http://sourceforge.net/projects/filezilla/files/FileZilla_Client/.

  3. Observe the list of "stable versions" — from newest to oldest.

    We have had no reports of problems with 3.5.3 (nor with most of the prior versions). That version has been confirmed to work with our server; if you are feeling adventurous, try a more recent version!
    We do advise that you avoid beta versions -- those have a history of problems.

  4. Click on the linked version number for the version you have selected.

  5. Choose an installer file format (or "package"); usually the "…win32-setup.exe" choice will be appropriate for Windows, and the "...i686-apple-darwin..." choice will be appropriate for Macintosh.

  6. Click on the linked filename.

  7. If necessary, select a mirror server to download from, and click on the "download" link in the right column. Depending on your browser, you may have to right-click and "save target as..." on the next screen in order for the download to complete. Be aware that the installer file size is several Megabytes, so if you have a dialup connection, you may want to download it somewhere else and use a ZIP disk, a USB drive, or a CD to transfer the file.

    You may be presented with a form to fill out to get information about a commercial product from one of the sourceforge site sponsors. You should be able to ignore that.

    In order to get it to download on Windows, you may have to add whatever server you are downloading from to your Trusted Sites list:

    • Use the Start button on the taskbar to go to the Windows Control Panel

    • Open Security Center

    • Click the link to manage security settings for Internet Options

    • Choose the Security tab.

    • Click Trusted Sites in the top center.

    • Click on the Sites button on the right to open the Trusted Sites window.

    • If necessary, uncheck the box next to "Require server verification (https:) for all sites in this zone".

    • Type the following URL's (or the corresponding URLs for the server you are using) in the field below "Add this Web site to the zone:" -- and click Add after each one is entered:

      • http://sourceforge.net

      • https://soureforge.net

  8. For Windows clients, click on this link and choose "Save File" (or "Run File" if that choice is available). If it does not start on its own, do not click the link provided for that situation. It has a history of piggy-backing an installer for junkware. Instead, use a different browser, and try again by clicking the link above. If it still doesn't work, contact us through the OIT Service Desk (3-1222).

  9. When the installer file has been downloaded, close all browser windows.

  10. Navigate to the installer file (whose location may be your default download location, or you may have been able to specify it during the download process); and double-click on the installer file.

  11. On Windows, it is a conventional installer; make the appropriate choices as the installer process proceeds. For most of the choices the defaults will be acceptable.

    The above link will not work on Macintosh; we will update these instructions later to provide a link that will. On Macintosh, the installer is a self-extracting archive; the result of double-clicking will be to create the FileZilla application in the same folder that the installer was located in when you double-clicked it; drag it from there to your Applications folder.



Configuring FileZilla


Current versions of FileZilla have been working "out-of-the-box" with no need for configuration changes. If you have an earlier version that was configured to work with www.ohiou.edu, you should not need to make any configuration changes to work with ww2 and wws2. If you encounter any problems, please report them promptly, using the e-mail link, below.


We have had some reports of problems when an earlier copy of the file exists in the destination location. The following applies directly to FileZilla version 3.3.3, but this seems likely to be a stable part of the code, so it should be very similar in other versions:

  1. On FileZilla's Edit menu, choose, "Settings";

  2. In the left pane, if there is a + next to the "Transfer" section, click on it to expand that section;

  3. In the left pane, click on the sub-topic, "File exists action," and examine the pane to the right.

    Tastes differ, but we suggest that you start with both uploads and downloads set to "Ask for action," and perhaps modify that later based on your own experience.

  4. Once complete, go to the appropriate step-by-step instructions for using FileZilla: