Filezilla Example

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Let’s go over how to use FileZilla FTP client. FileZilla is free, open source FTP software, popular for windows. We’ll cover installing FileZilla on your computer, the quick connect toolbar, and file manager so you can start transferring files right away. Open FileZilla; Enter the address of the server in the field Host, located in the Quickconnect bar. ( - make sure to enter sftp to connect securely via SFTP) Enter your username - ( - keep it lowercase and without 'www.' ) Enter your password - (the one you chose for SSH in your Control Panel) Enter the port number. In this guide we’ll take you through the steps to setup a folder on your Windows computer as an FTP repository, using a free program called FileZilla. FTP can be used to easily transfer a lot of files between computers; the FTP repository can be mapped to multiple computers across the Internet so that other people can access the directory right from Windows Explorer. FileZilla is a great FTP client software because it’s easy to use and the cost is free ninety-nine (that’s open-source geek speak for free!). WordPress users (usually geeks) love open-source! On the left of the window is a directory listing of files and folders on the local computer. The right side of the window doesn’t.


How do I configure the FileZilla client to access my CIFS account?


To connect to your CIFS home directory or web space, your computer needs to be connected to the Duke network. If you are unable to connect to the Duke network, connect via the Virtual Private Network (VPN). For instructions on how to do this, please read VPN instructions for Windows.

FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP (port 22) client with a number of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface. If you src=' never used an SFTP client before, you will find this client relatively simple to use as it' based on the drag and drop concepts used in Windows and OS X.

You can download FileZilla and get answers to questions by clicking on this link.

Connecting to Duke University using FileZilla

Once you've installed FileZilla, you will need to configure it to connect to your account using Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

1. Go to File and select Site manager...

2. Create New site (You can rename site connection)

  • New site > General Tab
  • Select Protocol: SFTP - SSH File Transfer Protocol *
  • Host: '' *
  • Logon Type: Interactive
  • User: Enter your NetID using all lower case letters
  • Click Connect

3. Unknown host key prompt: The server's host key is unknown. You have no guarantee that the server is the computer you think it is.

  • Check box to Always trust the host

4. Enter your NetID password

5. Complete Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

  • Choose your preferred MFA Option by entering the number of your choice and click OK
  • Example:
  • Type '1' and Click OK
  • You will receive a push notification on your mobile device
  • Approve request to complete MFA and Connect

*This will connect you directly to your CIFS account. If you src=' like to use FileZilla to connect to a different server for something other than accessing your CIFS account, please click on this link to see a list of server names.

Already have a site set up but are not getting prompted for MFA

If you have connected to FileZilla in the past and are getting errors such as the below. Follow the above instructions to Edit or Create a new Site connection so you will be prompted to log in with MFA.

  • No MFA prompt
  • Error: Server sent an additional login prompt. You need to use the interactive login type.
    Error: Critical error: Could not connect to server

Basic Usage of FileZilla

The section to the left, labeled Local site: shows the files accessible from on your computer. This will allow you to navigate your folders and files. Clicking on a folder will open it so that the files can be viewed in the files section below the folder tree.

The section to the right, labeled Remote site: shows the folders and files in your CIFS space. Click the + sign next to your NetID to show the folder structure of your CIFS volume.

NOTE: You will see a number of folders and files that may not look familiar. Please do not delete anything that doesn src=' look familiar as these system files and folders may be used to support your online account. It is recommended that you not delete files using FileZilla unless you' e absolutely sure that they can be removed.

After you've selected the folders is each section, you can start transferring files. Select and click on any files in the Local site section, drag them to the files section of the Remote site, and release the mouse button. If you would like to move multiple files simultaneously, simply highlight those files together in the Local site and drag them over and they will be copied as a group.

The progress of the transfer will be shown at the bottom of the screen. There are tabs to show sections that denote Queued files that are currently being transferred, Failed transfers, and Successful transfers.

Files can also be copied from the Remote site to the Local site using the same click and drag process.


Using FileZilla to manage your personal web space

If you would like to add files for your personal website located at[NetID], you will want to open the public_html folder in the Remote site section. You can then transfer files into and out of this folder. Once the file transfer is complete, the changes will immediately be active on your site.

For more information on personal web space or CIFS, please click on this link.

Using FileZilla to manage your group web space

If you would like to use FileZilla to manage a group web space that's already been created, you will want to manually type the path to your group space in the text box to the right of Remote site. The complete directory path to your group Web space directory is oit-nas-fe11.oit.duke.eduPROJECT-WEBwebnshared-space where n is the first letter of your web space and shared-space is the name of your project
Example: For the web space chemistry, type oit-nas-fe11.oit.duke.eduPROJECT-WEBwebcchemistry.

For additional help, please contact the OIT Service Desk at 919-684-2200 or click on this link for other ways to get help from OIT.

Let’s go over how to use FileZilla FTP client. FileZilla is free, open source FTP software, popular for windows. We’ll cover installing FileZilla on your computer, the quick connect toolbar, and file manager so you can start transferring files right away.

To get the FileZilla FTP client. Go to the FileZilla website at

Download FileZilla FTP Client

Since we’re on a Windows computer, we’ll download the Windows version. You’ll be taken to a new page where you can click to download the FileZilla client. Once you click, you’ll see a box pop up.

Select Your Version

There are two options. We’re going to go ahead and select the non-pro version today. I’m using the edge browser, so I’ll see a run or a save option. I’m going to go ahead and select run.

You should see another box pop up asking you whether you want to allow the APP to make changes to your device. We’re going to go ahead and select yes since we do want changes to happen on this computer.

Once the APP installer pops up, you’ll need to click agree to continue on through the rest of the steps. You’ll be asked whether all users on this computer should have access to the client or just yourself. Then you’ll be asked if you want to create a shortcut on your desktop. Then where the client should be stored on your computer. Then about the name of the start menu item. And then click next a few more times. Click to finish and start the FTP client.

How to use FileZilla

Once the FileZilla APP is installed, and on-screen, you should see a welcome popup. Click OK to continue.

You should see fields at the top of the FTP client for you to enter information followed by a quick-connect button. You’ll need the FTP server address you’re trying to access along with your username and password. You should receive this information from your web host or FTP service provider.

Additionally, you’ll need to set the port number to 21 if you’re attempting an FTP connection and 22 if you’re attempting an SFTP connection. You’ll be asked if you want to remember a password or set a new master password. Make your choices and continue.

A certificate notification may pop up asking you to trust the FTP connection with some options selected at the bottom. Hit yes. You want to trust the connection in order to transfer files.

Upload a File via FTP

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The explorer window you started with will now be populated with your local computer files on the left and the FTP server contents on the right. To upload a file, you can select something from the left pane and drag it over to the right pane. Or in our example, we’ll drag something from the desktop over to the right pane.

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You should see some activity at the top and at the bottom letting you know the status of your file transfer. In addition, if you’re on a Windows machine, you may see a notification.

Downloading Files Is Just As Easy

Drag something from the right pane over to the left pane, or in our example, we’ll drag something from the right pane over to our desktop. When you’re all done, make sure to hit disconnect. Look for the icon at the top that looks like a server with a red x next to it. Now you know how to use FileZilla FTP client.

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