Using FTP

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This guide will teach you how to connect to an FTP server using FileZilla.

Install FileZilla

First off, install FileZilla, generally speaking you can leave the default settings in.

Once you have installed it, start the program up.

FileZilla Layout

Once you have started FileZilla, you will see a screen similar to the following:

FileZilla start page
1. The site manager button
2. The quick connect bar
3. Logs
4. Local directory and file browser
5. Remote directory and file browser
6. Transfer queue

This is the typical set up, you may have it differently if you have changed it.

Input Details

There are 2 options for adding connection information, either the Site Manager, or the Quick Connect, the site manager is more permanent, but is a little longer to configure.

Site Manager

Click the Site Manager button (#1), a window like this will appear:

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FileZilla Site Manager

Start by clicking the New Site button on the left hand side and input a name if you want to help identify it.

Now move to the right hand side.

Input the Host field, this is just the IP or hostname of the server you want to connect to. Unless you are told otherwise, the default port is 21, if you leave the port out, it will default to this.

The only other thing you will likely need to change is the Logon Type, change this as shown in the image to Normal, you can then fill out your username and password, which will have been given to you.

Press OK to save, or Connect to both save, and connect.

Quick Connect

Fill the details in the quick connect button (#2), and press Quick Connect.

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FileZilla Quick Connect

The host will be the IP or hostname of the server you want to connect to, the username and password is your login credentials which will have been provided to you, as above, the default port is 21, if you leave this out it will default to it. In most cases you will not need to change port.

Remote Browser

Once you have logged in successfully, you will be presented with a remote browser (#5) of the FTP server. In this example it will show the integrated TCA FTP server, the structure or folders may appear differently for you, but the principal is the same.

Remote Browser

For TCA, the folder structure will be any servers you have access to, their names will be ServerIP_ServerPort.

If we click on a folder to open it out, we'll see the files and folders of that particular folder:

Remote Browser

From here, we can navigate as if it was Windows Explorer.

Example Actions

Deleting

You can delete any files or folders you have access to, just like you would on your own PC.

Uploading

You can upload files, or entire folders, by dragging them across to the location you want on the remote browser (#5), from the local browser (#4).

Downloading

You can download files, or entire folders, by dragging them across to the location you want on the local browser (#4), from the remote browser (#5).