Filezilla Server Ftp Over Tls Is Not Enabled

Posted onby admin

Last updated on March 7th, 2017

  1. Filezilla Cannot Connect To Server
  2. Filezilla Ftp Server
  3. Filezilla Not Connecting To Ftp
  4. Filezilla Server Warning Ftp Over Tls Is Not Enabled
  5. Filezilla Ftp Over Tls Certificate
  6. Filezilla Ftp Over Tls Settings

In this tutorial I'll show how you can setup an FTP Server on your network, in order to upload or download files from everywhere in the world. For this task I 'll use the FREE Filezilla Server software that can help you setup a reliable FTP Server that can support FTP and FTP over SSL/TLS secure encrypted connections between the client and the server.

FileZilla Server will not run on Windows 10 Pro 15 posts. Filezilla makes it quite simple to enable SFTP (FTP over SSL). FTPS is FTP over a TLS socket. SFTP is an entirely different. Disabling TLS in FileZilla. To disable TLS encryption in FileZilla, you’ll need to add the site in the “Site Manager” (instead of using the QuickConnect method). Open the Site Manager. Click the File menu and choose Site Manager. Enter the new site settings. Enter these settings. The client will default to a secure connection which most basic FTP servers aren't set up for. Ideally the server people should enable FTP over TLS. But that's a whole other issue. As previously stated. The OP needs to use the Site manager to manually configure how to connect. Not use the 'Quickconnect' option.

An FTP Server can be used to easily transfer and access shared files, between local computers on the network or to computers connected across the Internet. Additionally the FTP Shared Folders can be mapped as local drives (drive letters), in order to easily access the shared folders via Windows Explorer.

In this tutorial you can find detailed instructions on how to setup and configure your own FTP Server on your network by using Filezilla Server.

How to Install, Configure and Use Filezilla FTP Server.

Part 1. Filezilla Server Installation.
Part 2. Filezilla Server Configuration.
Part 3. Connect to Filezilla FTP Server and Shared folder(s).
Part 1. How to Install FTP Filezilla Server.

1. First of all you have to download Filezilla Server for Windows.

2. When the download is completed, double click at 'FileZilla_Server.exe' to start the installation.

3. Then follow the on-screen prompts to install the Filezilla Server on your computer. When you reach the screen below, choose if you want to Start the Filezilla Server with Windows (the default option) or to Start Filezilla Server manually and press Next.

Filezilla Cannot Connect To Server

4. Then choose how you want to Start the server interface and press Install:

  • For all users (default).
  • Only for the current user.
  • Manually.

5. When the installation is completed launch the Filezilla Server application and press Connect to administer (configure) your new FTP Server.

Part 2. How to Configure Filezilla Server.

After Filezilla Server installation, it's time to configure your FTP Server.

Step 1. Create FTP Users.

1. From the main menu go to Edit > Users. *

* Note: If you want to create several users to access your FTP Server, with the same permissions, then choose Groups.

2. At General, click Add to add the user(s), that will have access to your FTP Server.

3. Type a name for the new user (e.g. 'User21') and press OK.

4. Then check the Password checkbox and then type a password for the FTP user for security.

Step 2. Create FTP Share folder(s).

1. When you finish adding your FTP users, select the Shared Folders option on the left and then click the Add button under Shared folders box, in order to choose which folder * on your computer will be shared via FTP.

* Tip: If you haven't already created a folder for FTP shared access, open Windows Explorer and create a new folder on your disk, before pressing the 'Add' button.

2. Choose which folder on your computer will be used for FTP access and click OK.

3. Finally assign the user permissions for the shared folder (Read, Write, Delete, etc.) and then click OK to close the Filezilla Server properties.

At this point you have finished with the basic configuration on your FTP File Server.

Step 3. Secure your FTP Server.

If you want to make your FTP Server more secure, then navigate from the main menu to Edit > Settings:

1. At General settings: specify a different port* than the '21' for FTP connections (e.g. '54557')

* Note: If your FTP server is behind a Firewall or Router and you want to access it from outside, then you have to map (forward) the new port to your FTP server’s internal IP Address (in Firewall/Router settings).


2. At IP filter: specify which IPs are allowed or not to access your FTP Server.

e.g. At the screenshot below I set the internal network IP Address to not allowed to connect to the FTP Server.

3. Finally you can make your FTP Server more secure by enabling the FTP over TLS setting and by using a public/private key combination set for data encryption.

Part 3. How to Access the Filezilla Server and Shared folder(s) from clients.

After finishing installing your FTP server, you can access your new FTP Server and the shared folders from any computer on the internal (or external*) network by using one of the following methods:

Filezilla Ftp Server

Method 1. Access FTP Server Shares from your Internet Browser.
Method 2. Access FTP Server Shares from Windows Explorer.
Method 3. Access FTP Server by using an FTP client.

* Important Notes: If you want to access the FTP Server from an external network (over the Internet), then you have to do the following at FTP Server's location (side):

  1. Forward the FTP connections to your FTP Server's Internal IP Address (and port) on your Firewall/Router.
  2. Allow the FTP connections on the specified FTP Port on your Firewall/Router.
  3. In order to connect to the FTP server over the Internet, you must know your Public IP Address ( At this case and to make your life easier, it is better to assign a domain name to your Dynamic (Public) IP Address by using a DDNS service (e.g.
Method 1. Access FTP Server Shares from your Internet Browser.

To access your FTP Server from your local (internal) network, by using your Web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.):

1. Open your Internet browser and in the address bar, type the FTP Server's Hostname (or it's IP Address) and the FTP port number (if you have changed the default '21' port for FTP connections) and press Enter.


For example: If your FTP Server's internal IP Address is '' and the specified listening port for the FTP connections is the '54557', then type:

2. Then type the required credentials (if any) to log on at the FTP Server.

Method 2. Access FTP Server Shares Straight from Windows Explorer.

If you want to access the FTP Shared folder(s) by using the Windows Explorer, then at in the Windows Explorer's address bar type ftp:// followed by the hostname (or URL or IP address) of the FTP Server.

Example:If the FTP Server's IP Address is: '' and the specified listening port for the FTP connections is the '54557', then type:


Additionally, you can use the Add a Network Location wizard, to add a shortcut to the FTP Shared folder into your Windows Explorer. To do that:

1. Open Windows Explorer.

2. Right click on a blank area and choose Add network location.

3. Click Next twice and, at the following screen, type the IP Address and the port number of your FTP Server. Click Next when done.

4.Uncheck the Log on anonymously checkbox and then type your FTP User name. Press Next.

5. Leave the default name (or type a different one) for the new connection and press Next.

6. Click Finish to close the wizard.

7. Finally will be asked to type your credentials.

8. After entering your credentials the new FTP network location will appear in Windows Explorer. *

* Note: If you want to assign a drive letter to the FTP shared folder and make the connection permanent (and your life easier), then read this article: How to Map FTP Drive to a local drive letter in Windows.

Method 3. Access FTP Server by using an FTP client.

The last method is to use an FTP Client program like the FileZilla Client or the WinSCP or the FireFTP (for Firebox) to connect to your FTP server.

That's it! Let me know if this guide has helped you by leaving your comment about your experience. Please like and share this guide to help others.

If this article was useful for you, please consider supporting us by making a donation. Even $1 can a make a huge difference for us in our effort to continue to help others while keeping this site free:

We're hiring

We're looking for part-time or full-time technical writers to join our team! It's about a remote position that qualified tech writers from anywhere in the world can apply. Click here for more details.

If you want to stay constantly protected from malware threats, existing and future ones, we recommend that you install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO by clicking below (we do earn a commision from sales generated from this link, but at no additional cost to you. We have experience with this software and we recommend it because it is helpful and useful):

Full household PC Protection - Protect up to 3 PCs with NEW Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium!

Filezilla Not Connecting To Ftp

How do I disable TLS in the FileZilla FTP program?

We occasionally hear reports of the FileZilla FTP program getting stuck with a message saying “initializing TLS”, or getting errors soon after connecting, like this:

If this happens, it’s usually caused by either an outdated version of FileZilla, or because the firewall or router on your computer has trouble with TLS (a form of encryption) for FTP connections.

First of all, make sure you’re using the latest version of FileZilla (or try another free FTP program like Cyberduck).

Also try enabling or disabling passive mode (that is, try switching it to the opposite of whatever it’s set to to start with).

If you still have trouble, the best way to avoid this problem and still keep your password secure is to use SFTP instead of normal FTP in FileZilla. SFTP should not have the same problem.

If you want or need to continue to use plain FTP for some reason, you can disable TLS encryption.

Disabling TLS may make it possible for eavesdroppers in a Wi-Fi cafe or similar environment to intercept your password. Using SFTP is a more secure solution.

Disabling TLS in FileZilla

To disable TLS encryption in FileZilla, you’ll need to add the site in the “Site Manager” (instead of using the QuickConnect method).

1. Open the Site Manager

Click the File menu and choose Site Manager.

2. Enter the new site settings

Enter these settings:
Protocol:FTP — File Transfer Protocol
Encryption:Only use plain FTP (insecure)
Logon Type:Normal
Password:your main account password

Filezilla Server Warning Ftp Over Tls Is Not Enabled

When you’re finished, the screen should look like this:

3. Connect to the server

Each time you want to connect to the server, simply open the Site Manager again and click Connect.

What’s the technical reason that FTP with TLS doesn’t work on some firewalls or routers?

FTP uses two connections to work properly. The first connection handles commands like “Send me file X” or “Show me the list of files in the Y directory”, and a second connection is then opened to actually send the file or directory listing.

Filezilla Ftp Over Tls Certificate

Some firewalls and routers block the second connection by default, which would prevent FTP from working. To solve this problem, they examine the commands sent in the first connection to know when to allow the second one. But if you enable TLS/SSL for the first connection, the firewall can’t see the contents of it because of the encryption, and it doesn’t know that it should allow the second connection.

Disabling SSL/TLS fixes this because the firewall can see the contents of the first connection and properly allow the second connection.

Alternately, using SFTP fixes it a different way: Because SFTP only uses a single connection and doesn’t need a second connection at all, your firewall or router setup doesn’t matter.

Filezilla Ftp Over Tls Settings

Copyright © 2000-2021 Tiger Technologies LLC