Using FileZilla FTP client to upload/download files

In this tutorial we will learn:

Download FileZilla FTP client software from the internet

Luckily, FileZilla is free to download and use. Visit filezilla-project.org and look for the link called “Download FileZilla Client”.

Clicking on that link should load a new page where you can download the software from.

It is currently available for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows. I will use an Intel based Mac computer for the purpose of this tutorial, so I will download Mac OS X (Intel) version.

If you use a different computer choose the appropriate version.

To download, just click on the link and your download should start immediately.

Installing FileZilla

Once the download is completed, install it by double clicking on the file just downloaded and follow the on screen instruction, shouldn’t be different from other regular applications.

Connect to the FTP server

First, open FileZilla, the same way you do other applications.

Now we will connect to the PGL FTP server. If you already do not know your login details, click here.

Lets say your FTP login details are as follows:

Host: ftp.paglugraphicsbd.com

Username:yourusername@www.paglugraphicsbd.com

Password: yourpassword

There are two ways you can connect to the FTP server, Quick connect and using Site manager.

Quick connect: Use this option to quickly connect to the server, just fill in the Host, Username and Password fields located along the top and press Quickconnect button.
Using site manager: this is the option you will want to go for, because you can connect very quickly and without entering the details again and again in future. Just click on the Site Manager button located along the very top-left corner. And it will bring the Site Manager window where you create a new site.

Click on the New Site button, and give it a name, something like “PGL FTP”, or whatever you want. Then fill in the Host name, choose the Logon Type as “Normal”, fill in the User and Password fields and press Connect.

Next every time you need to connect to our FTP server just click on the Site Manager, select the appropriate site (in this case PGL FTP) and Connect.

If your connection is successful you should see the Status as “Directory listing successful”.

Upload/download files

Upload files: As you can see there are two sides in FileZilla; Local site and Remote site. On the Local site you can browse and select files/folders within your computer and on the Remote site you browse and select files/folders on the server.

Lets create a folder on the Remote site first by right clicking on the empty area and choosing “Create directory”. It will then prompt you to give a name for the directory, if you are going to use our service for the first time we suggest you give a name like “18-08-11_Batch-01_ClippingPath”.

Filezilla create directory

Once the folder is created, double click on it to enter into it.

If you need to go back, double click on the directory icon ends with two dots located along the top side.

So, once you are inside the folder you want to upload the files into, browse and select the file(s)/folder(s) you want to upload on the Local site (you can select as many file or folder as you wish). Then drag-n-drop them to the Remote site or right click and choose “Upload”.

Filezilla upload files

Now you will see the upload has begin in the Queued files area, you will also be able to see the status of the files being transferred.

Filezilla file transferring

There are two more tabs along the bottom, if any file upload is failed, it will be listed under Failed transfers, and the files successfully transferred will be listed in the Successful transfers area.

Download files: Downloading files from server to your local computer is as simple as uploading. Just choose the directory on your Local site where you want to download the files into, then select the files/folders you want to download on Remote site and then drag-n-drop or right click and choose “Download”.


If you need any other help using FileZilla please visit the website at filezilla-project.org or for documentation http://wiki.filezilla-project.org/Documentation.