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SmartFTP is an FTP (File Transfer Protocol), FTPS, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Backblaze B2, Google Drive, OneDrive, SSH, Terminal client. It allows you to transfer files between your local computer and a server on the Internet. Take FileZilla, for example. This free FTP client offers fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.Or Core FTP LE, a free FTP client that includes features like browser integration, site to site transfers, FTP transfer resume, file viewing and editing.

FileZilla is a popular open-source File Transfer Protocol (FTP) client with versions for Windows, Mac OSX and many desktop distributions of Linux.

You can use an FTP client to upload or download files from your web hosting server e.g. to upload your website's files, or to place a cpmove file in your hosting root directory for restoration. We have a separate guide on understanding FTP, your default FTP account and creating additional FTP accounts.

To download FileZilla, visit the FileZilla project website (external link opens in a new window) and download the appropriate version for your system.

This guide covers setting up FileZilla for FTPS (Explicit SSL/TLS) connections and SFTP (SSH connections). If you have set up SSH keys on either your Windows or Mac computer then FileZilla can also use them to log in.

FTPS (SSL/TLS)

  1. Open FileZilla and select Site Manager from the File menu.
  2. The Site Manager is where you can configure and save profiles for each of your websites.
    Click the New Site button and type in a name for your new Site. Don't worry if you make a mistake, you can always change it later. In the example below, we added a Site called My Krystal Account.Then, on the General Tab enter:
    Host - Your server's hostname or domain name
    Port - 21
    Protocol - FTP - File Transfer Protocol.
    Encryption - Require explicit FTP over TLS (recommended) or None
    Logon Type - Normal
    User - your cPanel username
    Password - your cPanel password
    Now click the Transfer Settings tabSelect the Passive Transfer Mode radio button
    Tick the Limit number of simultaneous connections checkbox
    Set the Maximum number of connections to 10
    Finally, click OK.
  3. The first time you connect you'll see an Unknown certificate prompt. Check carefully that the Subject of certificate - Common Name matches the server you are connecting to - click OK to confirm. You will only be prompted to confirm this certificate the first time you connect to a server.
    If you are connecting with your domain name rather than home server name you may also need to tick the Always trust this certificate in future session checkbox.

SFTP (Secure SHell / SSH FTP)

  1. Open FileZilla and select Site Manager from the File menu.
  2. The Site Manager is where you can configure and save profiles for each of your websites.
    Click the New Site button and type in a name for your new Site. Don't worry if you make a mistake, you can always change it later. In the example below, we added a Site called My Krystal Account.Then, on the General Tab enter:
    Host - Your Home Server name or domain name
    Port - 722
    Protocol - you can use FTP or SFTP. We strongly recommend you choose SFTP because, unlike FTP, all usernames, passwords and data are encrypted.
    Logon Type - Normal
    User - your cPanel username
    Password - your cPanel password
    Now click the Advanced tabDefault local directory - Browse to where you keep the website files for this project. FileZilla will automatically show you this directory when it connects to your site.
    Default remote directory - This should be in the form /home/<username>/public_html/ (replacing <username> with your cPanel username.)
    Now click the Transfer Settings tabSelect the Passive Transfer Mode radio button
    Tick the Limit number of simultaneous connections checkbox
    Set the Maximum number of connections to 10
    Finally, click OK.

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Go to File -> Site Manager. The Site Manager settings dialog is displayed. Enter the following information under the General tab:
  • Host/Address: ftp.PrimaryDomain, where PrimaryDomain is your hosting account primary domain, set in your Domains dashboard.
    • Example: ftp.example.com (where example.com is the primary domain)
  • Port: 2222
  • Logon Type: Normal
  • Protocol (Server Type): SFTP - SSH File Transfer Protocol
  • User: FTP username (Same as your hosting account username or the FTP account created)
  • Password: FTP password (Same as your hosting account password or FTP user password)

How to Upload Files Using FileZilla?

  1. Connect to FTP.
  2. Use the Local Site area of FileZilla to locate the folder containing the files you want to upload. The Local Site is where your computer files are situated.
  3. Use the Remote Site area of FileZilla to locate the folder you want to upload your files into. The Remote Site is where your hosting files are located. It is a representation of your FileManager.
  4. Note that the contents for each folder are displayed just below the Local Site andRemote Site areas.
  5. Click and drag your file from the Local Site side onto the Remote Site side (Note that you can also select multiple files at a time).
  6. Upload progress is displayed in the bottom area of FileZilla.
  7. Upload is complete once your uploaded files are listed on the Remote Site side.

How to Download Files Using FileZilla?

  1. Connect to FTP.
  2. Use the Remote Site area of FileZilla to locate the folder containing the files you want to download.
  3. Use the Local Site area of FileZilla to locate the folder you want to download your files into.
  4. Note that the contents for each folder are displayed just below the Remote Site and Local Site areas.
  5. Click and drag your file from the Remote Site side onto the Local Site side (Note that you can also select multiple files at a time).
  6. Download progress is displayed in the bottom area of FileZilla.
  7. The download is complete once your downloaded files are listed on the Local Site side.
Note: Click on the root folder ('/') if you wish to download all files on the server. Otherwise, select the subfolder or the files you intend to back up.

What Other FTP Clients Could I Use?

Here are a few options for you to consider:

Prevent FTP Blacklisting

As a security precaution against malicious attackers, FatCow's FTP servers will blacklist the IP address of users that have an excessive number of consecutive failed login attempts. This blacklist prevents the user from gaining access into FatCow's FTP servers, even if the user begins using the correct login credentials.
To avoid the risk of being blacklisted, make sure that you keep your FTP client's login credentials up to date. Additionally, we recommend that you limit the number of reconnection attempts inside of your FTP client.
To limit the number of reconnection attempts inside of FileZilla:

  1. Go to Edit.
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. In the window that appears, we recommend that you enter the following settings:
    • Maximum number of retries: 3
    • Delay between failed login attempts: 300

Options for SmartFTP

How to set the timeout value?
  1. Select Favorites > Edit Favorites from the SmartFTP menu. The SmartFTP Favorites window appears.
  2. From the SmartFTP Favorites window select the Favorite for which you want to set the Connection Timeout. Right-click on the Favorite and select Properties. The Properties dialog appears.
  3. Select Connection. From the Connection tab under the Options list select Use Favorite Settings
  4. You can set the number of Maximum Retries, Retry Delay time, and the Connection Timeout by typing out the value you want it to be set to, or you can use the up and down arrows. The default value for the Connection Timeout is 30 seconds
  5. Click on the 'OK' button to save the changes.

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Note: SmartFTP saves the Connection settings per Favorite. If you want to set the Connection Settings for a single transfer, for example, you can make a copy of the Favorite of interest and change the Connection Properties there, so that the original Favorite Properties remain.

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