How to FTP or SFTP in Windows 10

This step by step guide will explain exactly how to FTP or SFTP to a remote server so that you can upload or download files.

While the steps and screenshots in this guide are specific to Windows 10, this software will work with all versions of Windows from 7 onwards and you shouldn’t have any trouble following along if you’re using one of those versions.

  1. Head over to the FileZilla home page and click the large Download FileZilla Client button.
  2. You’ll be prompted to choose between 3 different versions – click the Download button at the bottom of the FileZilla column.
  3. Once the download has completed, locate the file in your Downloads folder and double-click it to start the installation.
  4. Click I Agree on the License agreement window.
  5. Decide if you’d like to allow all users on your computer to access FileZilla, or if it’ll just be you. Then click the Next > button.
  6. If you’d like to create a FileZilla shortcut icon on your desktop place a check in the corresponding box, then click the Next > button.
  7. Click Next >
  8. Click Next > again.
  9. This one is important – make sure to click the Decline button when you’re prompted to install the additional software.
  10. Again, click the Decline button.
  11. Now FileZilla (and only FileZilla) will be installed.
  12. Leave a check in the box labelled Start FileZilla Now and then click Finish.
  13. When FileZilla launches for the first time you’ll be presented with a small ‘Welcome’ screen. Click OK.
  14. The main FileZilla window will present itself. Now for the fun part – connecting to a FTP or SFTP server.

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  16. Click the Site Manager button from the upper-left corner of FileZilla.
  17. This will bring up the currently empty Site Manager. Let’s add your first site.
  18. Click the New site button and then give your site a name (something descriptive)
  19. On the right side of the Site Manager you’ll need to enter a bunch of information about your server connection, all of which should be provided by the owner/administrator of the FTP/SFTP site itself. First, select either FTP or SFTP from the Protocol: drop-down menu. In the Host: field enter the name or IP address of your site. If you’re connecting to an FTP site, enter 21 as the Port: – if you’re connecting to an SFTP site, enter 22. Then enter your username and password in their respective fields. When all of the required fields have been filled out, click the Connect button.
  20. Since this is the first time you’re using FileZilla to connect to a server, you’ll be asked if you want the App to remember your site passwords. Based on your specific needs, choose either Save passwords, Do not save passwords or Save passwords protected by a master password and then click OK.
  21. FileZilla will now connect to your FTP/SFTP site.
  22. Locate the Local site section (it’s on the left side of the main FileZilla window). This represents your computer. Navigate to the folder that contains the files you want to upload to the site, or navigate to the folder where you want to save the files you download from the site. In this example I’m going to upload a file named file.txt
  23. To upload a file simply drag it from the Local site window to the Remote site window.

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  25. To download a file simply drag it from the Remote site window to the Local site window. That’s it!

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