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How to configure FileZilla Server in Windows 10/11

Hello, how are you? File transfer has been around for a long time. In addition, this activity requires security, compatibility, and performance for the resources. Consequently, it is ideal to have a practical and functional solution for it. FileZilla is a tool that is at the forefront. Indeed, FileZilla Client, which is one of the best FTP, FTPS, FTPES and SFTP clients for Windows systems. FileZilla has been developed as free open-source software under the terms of the GNU General Public License. Today, we will see how to configure FileZilla Server in Windows 10/11.

FileZilla Server Features

  • IPv6 support
  • Can be run on Windows, Linux, BSD, Mac OS X systems and more
  • Supports FTP, FTP over SSL / TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
  • Allows resuming and transferring large files larger than 4 GB
  • Available in different languages
  • Support for HTTP/1.1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy
  • Features a site manager and transfer queue
  • Synchronized directory browsing function and much more.

Thanks to this software, we can easily create our FTP or FTP over TLS server. As a result, we will be able to exchange files between the connecting clients and our server. This connection can be through the local LAN or through the Internet. As for the connection through the local network, you only have to enter the private IP address and the control port of the FTP server. The default port is 21 TCP. To connect via the Internet, you will have to enter the public IP address or dynamic DNS domain of the connection. You also have to indicate the corresponding port. You also have to open a port in the NAT on the router. In this way, it will be accessible from the outside and will be able to pass through the NA.

Installing FileZilla Server on Windows

To install the Filezilla server, you have to go to the download section. After downloading it, just run it to start the installation of the program. The first thing you have to do is to accept the license. Next, please choose the type of installation. We recommend using the Full installation, which is the default installation.

To install the Filezilla server, you have to go to the download section. After downloading it, just run it to start the installation of the program. The first thing you have to do is to accept the license. Next, please choose the type of installation. We recommend using the Full installation, which is the default installation. Then you must choose the installation folder and the Menu folder. Next, configure whether you want to install FileZilla Server as a service. I recommend leaving it this way by default. Likewise, you can set the port. However, you can also leave it as default. Finally, configure the startup type of the tool interface. That is, it can start at login, or start manually.

Startup and configuration of FileZilla Server

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After installing the program, you will see the following window. Please click on Connect to Filezilla FTP Server.

Connecting to the server
Connecting to the server

In the following window, we will enter the options to configure the server. In the host field, please enter localhost. The port information should be left as default. Finally, assign a password to protect the connection.

Setting the initial FileZilla Server configuration settings
Setting the initial FileZilla Server configuration settings

When you press OK, the server will be correctly connected. From now on, I would like to make some considerations. First, we are working with the latest stable version of FileZilla Server. Previously, there were beta versions that were a bit more complicated to configure. However, this edition has a graphical interface that is very user-friendly and easy to configure. Very well, next we will see the graphical interface of the server administrator.

Configuring the connection settings

Now we are going to enter the values for the connection through the local network. With this in mind, click on Server and then on Configure.

FileZilla Server Administration interface
FileZilla Server Administration interface

Now we are going to enter the values for the connection through the local network. With this in mind, click on Server and then on Configure.

Configuring the FileZilla server
Configuring the FileZilla server

The server configuration window will be displayed immediately. It is well known that by default an insecure FTP connection is offered. Therefore, we will configure a new secure server. Accordingly, click on FTP Server and then on Add.

Adding a new server
Adding a new server

Then, you just have to specify the new values. Within the IP address, please set 127.0.0.1, select port 21 and use the Protocol that requires explicit FTP over TLS.

Configuring the new server

Configuring the user

Now it is time to add a new user for the server. To do so, scroll down to Users. Next, click on Add and enter the user’s name.

Entering the name of the new user.
Entering the name of the new user.

Next, enable the user by checking the corresponding box. It is also possible to require a password for the user. For the purposes of this tutorial, we will not use a password. However, if you are going to grant access to third parties, we urge you to assign a password.

Enabling the user
Enabling the user

Now it is time to determine which folders the user will have access to on the server. With this in mind, scroll down to Mount Point. Once there, there are a couple of variables that need to be set correctly. First, Virtual Path. In that field, just add a /. The next field corresponds to the Native Path. There, you just have to go to the file explorer and copy the path of the folder you want to share. Then paste it into the field. Finally, check the Writable box.

Configuring the shared folder on the server
Configuring the shared folder on the server

That’s it! In this way, we have learned how to configure FileZilla Server in Windows 10/11. From now on, just use your favorite FTP client to connect to the server. But we will see that in future tutorials. Undoubtedly, it is a straightforward way to access our files. Either locally or through the network. See you soon!

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