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FileZilla Portable FAQ
Check our Frequently Asked Questions to get a quick answer to the most common inquiries.
The FAQ page features selected solutions for users' reference by the PenZoft technical support
What do the version numbers of FileZilla mean?
|What do the version numbers of FileZilla mean?
The version numbers of FileZilla (client and server) are in the following format: n.n.n[c], where
'n' is a number and 'c' an alphabetical character. The first number is the major version number
followed by two minor version numbers. The character at the end is optional and indicates
maintance releases, which mostly fix bugs.
Example: 2.2.4 would be the original version, the first maintance would then get 2.2.4a as
version, the next 2.2.4b and so on.
|I can't list the contents of any directory on the server or i can't transfer any
In most cases this problem is caused by personal firewalls or routers. You could try to switch
"Enable passive mode" on the firewall page in the settings dialog of the client.
|Why can't I save my passwords in the Site Manager?
FileZilla can be installed in a special secure mode. In this mode, FileZilla does not remember any
password. This is especially useful if you share your PC or if it's a public machine. To disable
secure mode, just reinstall FileZilla and chose not to enable secure mode during setup.
|What are the command line options supported by FileZilla?
You can append ftp server addresses to the command line of FileZilla. Valid addresses would be
from the form [([s]ftp|ftps)://][user[:pass]@]host[:port][/path]
Example: ftp://root:[email protected]/htdocs/
You can also use the "-s siteName" switch to connect to a site in your Site Manager at startup.
|Why won't FileZilla start anymore?
This could happen if for some reason your FileZilla installation or the settings get corrupted.
First try to reinstall FileZilla, this won't change your settings. If that didn't work, try to delete the
filezilla.xml and the registry keys under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\FileZilla and
Notice that all your settings and sites are lost if you do this without taking a backup.
|How can i export and import my settings and sites?
If you've chosen to use the .xml file instead of the registry, all your settings and sites are located
in the filezilla.xml file which is in the same directory as FileZilla.
You could just backup that file to export and copy it back to the FileZilla folder to import
(overwriting all previous settings and sites).
If you've chosen to use the registry or you would like to export/import only settings or sites, you
could go "Edit -> Export settings" to export your settings, and then in Site Manager go "File ->
Export" to export your sites. Notice there's also import functions here so use them to import the
| I can't start FileZilla under Windows 95(it complains about missing WS2_32.DLL)!
In order to run FileZilla in an Windows 95 environment, FileZilla requires the WinSock2 files. Please
download them from the Microsoft website:
Consider upgrading your OS btw.
| I want to help, how can I translate the FileZilla client?
No new translations for FileZilla 2 are accepted. However, you can already translate huge parts
of the upcoming FileZilla 3. See http://filezilla-project.org/translations.php for details.