FileZilla Server FAQ

      1. I’ve just installed the server and after starting the interface, it asks for a server address.
        Despite administrating the server on the local machine, the interface can also be used to administrate remote servers. But you will most likely want to administrate your local server. In this case enter 127.0.0.1 as server address. For the server port, you have to enter the same port number you did specify during installation for the admin port. (default: 14147)
      2. I’m behind a firewall and nobody can connect to my server or transfer files / directory listings
        You have to configure your firewall to allow incoming connections on the ftp port (default: 21), as well as allowing outgoing connections from the server. In FTP Active Mode, FileZilla Server tries to use a port one less than the ftp port for outgoing connections. If that fails it tries to use a port one larger than the ftp port and after that it requests a port from windows. It may be best to allow all outgoing connections from the server. Further you have to allow a port range for incoming connections for passive mode transfers. You can specify this port range on the “passive mode settings” page in the settings dialog in the server interface. In most cases, a range like 5000-5100 is sufficient. With certain firewalls, it may be possible that FileZilla can’t determine the external IP address. In this case you have to enter the IP address (or your host name) on the passive mode page in the settings dialog. In case you’ve a dynamic IP (most dial-up users); you can also choose to retrieve the ip address from a website.
      3. I’m behind a router and nobody can connect to my server or transfer files / directory listings
        you have to configure your router to forward the ftp port (default: 21) to the server machine. Further you have to forward a port range for passive mode transfers. You can specify this port range on the “passive mode settings” page in the settings dialog in the server interface. In most cases, a range like 5000-5100 is sufficient. Most likely, FileZilla can’t determine the external IP address if behind a router. In this case you have to enter the IP address (or your host name) on the passive mode page in the settings dialog. In case you’ve a dynamic IP (most dial-up users); you can also choose to retrieve the ip address from a website.
      4. I’m behind a router and a firewall and nobody can connect to my server or transfer files / directory listings
        just follow both steps 2 and 3 in this case.
      5. How can I enable anonymous logins?
        Just create an account with the name anonymous and make sure the password box isn’t checked on that account.
      6. How can I test that my server can be reached from the internet?
        It’s not possible to check the accessibility of the server by connecting from inside the local network (or even localhost) by entering the external IP in a client. Reason is that most firewalls and/or routers only forward ports for requests coming from outside the internal network. So you would have to connect to your server from an external machine. You can test the accessibility of your server using the free service from http://ftptest.net/.
      7. How do aliases work? How can I share multiple drives?
        Let’s assume the server’s home directory is set to C:\ftproot and you want to make your picture collection in D:\mypictures available as /pictures. Add D:\mypictures to the list of shared folders and select its entry. Next add /pictures in the alias column. Now the server will display the virtual directory pictures right in the root directory and its contents will be those of D:\mypictures.
      8. How can I share network drives?
        Generally sharing network drives is not recommended, as all data has to be transferred twice. Just install FileZilla Server on the other machine instead. If you still want to share a network drives with FileZilla Server, make sure the account FileZilla Server runs under has access to the network drive. By default, FileZilla Server runs using the SYSTEM account. You can change the account FileZilla Server uses on the service page in the management console of Windows: Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services -> FileZilla Server FTP server -> Log On. However, even then sharing mapped network drives might not work since Windows networking has some bugs.
      9. Command line options for FileZilla Server
        Starting and stopping the service:
        /start
        /stop
        Installing the service for manual startup:
        /install
        Installing the service for start at boot:
        /install auto
        Uninstalling service:
        /uninstall
        Reloading configuration at runtime:
        /reload-configStart and stop can be used together with /compat:
        Note: That will start FileZilla Server as normal application and not as a service. Main purpose is for debugging.

        /compat /start
        /compat /stop
        Change the service name & service display name: (0.9.33)
        Note: This feature helps to create multiple instances.

        /servicename SERVICENAME
        /servicedisplayname SERVICEDISPLAYNAME

      10. Is it safe for all user and groups settings to upgrade from older FileZilla server?
        Yes, installing a new version over an older version does not change any settings