How to: install and configure a FileZilla FTP server

FileZilla is a free and open source FTP server that may come in handy for setting up an online file repository or to build a webserver.

The installation is quite simple, just follow these steps and you’ll be ready to use your FTP server.

Download FileZilla Server from this page, it’s a Windows-only package.

Installation

Launch the executable and install the software. Skip the two crapware at the beginning, then select everything except the source code:

Install and configure a FileZilla FTP Server

Choose the installation path:

Install and configure a FileZilla FTP Server

The default settings are good for us:

Install and configure a FileZilla FTP Server

Install and configure a FileZilla FTP Server

Now FileZilla Server is installed and it’s time to configure our FTP groups and users.

Configuration

At the first dialog, the Administration interface asks us to specify what server we want to manage. Insert 127.0.0.1 (there’s no password):

Install and configure a FileZilla FTP Server

The console will appear:

Install and configure a FileZilla FTP Server

Create your first Group

FileZilla allows to create groups of users that share access to the same folders. Groups can be useful whenever a FTP folder must be accessed by multiple users.

To create a Group open the Edit menu and select Groups. Then click on Add:

Install and configure a FileZilla FTP Server

Specify the name of the Group:

Install and configure a FileZilla FTP Server

It’s time to select the shared folder/s and specify the access permissions:

Install and configure a FileZilla FTP Server

Install and configure a FileZilla FTP Server

Install and configure a FileZilla FTP Server

Click on Ok and the Group will be created.

Create your first User

Now you can create a User. The procedure is quite similar to the creation of a Group. Follow these steps and click on Ok, the first User will be created:

Install and configure a FileZilla FTP Server

Install and configure a FileZilla FTP Server

Install and configure a FileZilla FTP Server
You’re ready to perform the first connection to your new FTP server, powered by FileZilla.

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