FileZilla Server is a server that supports FTP and FTP over TLS which provides secure encrypted connections to the server.
This tutorial covers how to download, install, setup, and use the FileZilla FTP Server.Download Linkhttp://filezilla-project.org/. A fast cross-platform FTP client. FileZilla Client and Server downloads have moved for performance reasons, you can download them from. FileZilla Server is an FTP server that supports FTP and FTP over SSL/TLS. FTP over SSL/TLS provides secure encrypted connections to the server. FileZilla is a free, portable, open source FTP client that provide access and remote data transfer to your server. Free download FileZilla (64/32bit) from here.
FileZilla supports TLS, the same level of encryption supported by your web browser, to protect your data. When using TLS your data is encrypted so that prying eyes cannot see it, and your confidential information is protected. It also supports on-the-fly data compression, which can improve the transfer rates.
Unfortunately, the compression setting can have mixed results, so it is advised to use it with care. It is possible for files that are already compressed to be transferred over the network using more than their original data size.
Support for SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) is not implemented in Filezilla Server.
Network Configuration, Command-line arguments (Server)
Installation and Setup - Windows
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- Run the exe installer
- Select admin port and remember this port
- Launch FileZilla Server Interface
- Enter port from above, enter (new) password for administration, click ok/connect
- Create a user and/or group with permissions to a home directory.
- Add additional directory and set the alias name to display within home directory (e.g. /AliasName)
Setup on Windows 7 with built-in firewall
After installation, make sure FileZilla Server is registered as an allowed program to the built-in firewall's allowed programs. In the Control Panel, select System and Security. In Windows Firewall section, choose 'Allowed Programs' to open configuration window. Check both private and public network selection for 'FileZilla Server' (Not 'FileZilla Server Interface'. If 'FileZilla Server' is not listed, remember to add 'C:Program FilesFileZilla ServerFileZilla server.exe' or wherever it is installed). If private network is not selected, the incoming FTP connection would be blocked.
I prefer to use FileZilla FTP Server above the traditional IIS FTP module. FileZilla comes with a lite and lean GUI, great logging tools, connection (speed)limits and more. If you do not know FileZilla Server or the Filezilla Client I strongly encourage you to try them out at https://filezilla-project.org/
Setting up the FileZilla Server is straightforward, but after configuration the user/groups and directory you can have some trouble setting up the Windows Server 2012 Firewall. Traditional FTP uses port 21, you should open this on your Firewall (see below) but even after opening up this port some errors can rise to the occasion when using passive ftp.
I had the following problem:
When port 21 is configurated in the Firewall, and you have setup the users/groups in the FileZilla Server setup you still can encounter the problem above. By default the FTP client will connect through
passive mode, and opens a random port between 1-65535. Now this is a wide range and I do not recommend opening all these ports. Instead you can limit the range of these ports to let's say: 50100-51100.
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So lets do this, configure FileZilla Server Passive Port Range:
- Open up the FileZilla GUI on your server.
- Click on the top menu
- From the tree menu click on
Passive mode settings.
- Now make sure the checkbox
Use custom port rangeis checked and enter
50100in the first box a and
51100in the second.
- Click OK
Now that you have finished setting up the custom port we can move forward to the Windows Server 2012 Firewall.
Configurating the Firewall
Lets open up the Firewall panel, press the Windows key on your keyboard and start typing
firewall. The result should be
Windows Firewall with advanced... Click it or hit enter.
(Pro tip ;-) hit
Windows Key + R ->
firewall.cpl -> hit
- From the tree, select Inbound Rules.
- In the right panel, click
- A windows pops up, select
Portand click next.
- Make sure TCP is selected, and enter
50100-51100in the Specific local ports field.
Nextand make sure the
Allow connectionoption is selected. Then hit Next again.
- Select the zones where this rule need to be applied (in my case I have selected all the zones).
- Click Next and give this rule a recognizable name:
Passive FTP Ports - FileZilla.
- Click on Finish, and your done.
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In case you have not yet added port 21 to the Firewall you can use the same steps, but instead of using port 50100-51100 just use port 21.
When connecting to your FTP Server the result now should be:
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