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Use Filezilla Client to Upload or Download Files From Server [How-To Guide]

FileZilla client is an FTP client that allows you to transfer files from one host, to another host. Well, let's put it into more simple terms. FTP Stands for "File Transfer Protocol". A client is a program that will allow you to use this method of file transfer. A host in this case, will usually be a website or an iPhone.

FileZilla client is free, works for nearly all operating systems (Mac, Windows, and Linux), and is easy to use.

FileZilla Client Uses for Websites

The FileZilla client is a very fast method of getting your content onto your website fast. Of course you can also move files onto your website through cPanel as well, but this typically takes much longer. With FileZilla Client, you can upload your files without needing to open a web browser.

In addition to increased speed, you can also upload more than one file at a time. You can generally upload 2 files at a time but can have has many files as you want waiting  in line (My last website upload was more than 5,000 files at once). You can also browse, download, move, and delete all of the files that you already have uploaded onto your website. All in all, this makes file management on a  website much easier.

For more information on Windows specific FTP Clients you can visit how to use FTP in Windows and Ubuntu.

FileZilla Client Uses for iPhones

The FileZilla Client is also very useful for jailbroken iPhones. FileZilla Client can be used to place programs and other files on an iPhone. If you would like to learn more about transferring files to an iPhone, visit how to SSH into iPhone.

How to Download and Use FileZilla Client

The FileZilla Client can be used on Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems. It is free to download and use. Download links are as follows:

After downloading and installing we are ready to go. The screenshots are taken from FileZilla Client running on a Mac, but the layout is very similar for all builds.

Upload and Download a File Using FileZilla Client

  1. Open FileZilla Client and click on the top site manager icon.
  2. Site Manager for FileZilla Client

    The icon can be found on the top left-hand side.

  3. Enter your website name.
  4. LoginDetails FileZilla Client

    You can enter the website domain "" or the ip address. Also, login type will normally be "normal" Other option may depend on your web host.

  5. Enter your user name.
  6. Typically, your user name will be the same password you use in order to access your cPanel; if not, your user name and password should be stated somewhere else.

  7. Enter your password.
  8. As stated above, your password should be the same as what you use to log into cPanel.

  9. Click Connect.
  10. FileZilla Client Connected

    You are now connected to your website's file system.

  11. Select a location where you want to load your file on your website.
  12. The files located on your website are on the left-hand side. The files located on your computer are on the right-hand side.

  13. Now find a file on your computer that you want to upload to your website.
  14. Upload Files Selected

  15. Drag the file(s) over to the left side and into the directory where you want it.
  16. Transfer File Using FileZilla Client

    You can transfer one file or many depending on what you need. If you need to transfer more than one file, just select more than one file and then drag the files as you would with one file.

  17. FileZilla Client will begin to transfer the file(s)

FileZilla Client Upload Progress

You can see the progress and speed of your file transfer(s) at the bottom of the application.

To download a file, you simply do the opposite. Connect to the website and drag the file from the website to your desired location on your computer.

Delete a File Using FileZilla Client

Deleting a file on a website with FileZilla Client is even easier. Follow Steps 1-5 above if you have not already connected to your website.

  1. Select the file(s) you want to delete on your website.
  2. Right click the selected file(s) and click delete.

Mass Delete With FileZilla Client

Thats it! You now know the basics of using FileZilla Client!

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