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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. 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; if you encounter problems with the download:
    • 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

  2. For Windows clients, click on this link.

    For Macintosh clients, click on this link.

    Typically the page is displayed several seconds before the download starts. 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).

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    On Macintosh, the installer is a self-extracting archive; if the result of double-clicking is to display an error message about a non-trusted source, then instead control-click or right-click and choose "Open"; it will create the FileZilla application in the same folder that the installer was located in when you opened it; drag it from there to your Applications folder.

  6. When you first launch FileZilla, wait for a couple of minutes to see if the automatic process of checking for updates offers you a new version. If it does, do take up the offer; they have a very good track record for new versions working.


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: