Installing FileZilla Server On Windows

Installing FileZilla Server

In the Windows Server environment, you may want to use a different FTP server service than the default FTP services included with Windows. A very common replacement FTP server service is FileZilla server.

To install and configure the FileZilla Server please follow the steps below:

  1. Run the .exe installer. Use the link below to download the latest version.

  2. Select admin port and remember this port

  3. Launch FileZilla Server Interface

  4. Enter admin port you selected, enter (new) password for administration, click ok/connect

  5. Create a user and/or group with permissions to a home directory.

  6. Add additional directory and set the alias name to display within home directory (e.g. /AliasName)

Port Range Change

Within the FileZilla server application, locate the Default Port Range. You will need to change this value to a custom port range of “5550-5599” as these are the only ports we have open in our network perimeter firewall for Passive FTP connections.

Firewall Exception

You will need to add a firewall exception for the FileZilla Server to be allowed through the firewall.

To add the firewall exception please follow the steps below:

  1. In the Control Panel, select System, and Security.

  2. In the Windows Firewall section, choose ‘Allowed Programs’ to open the configuration window.

  3. Check both private and public network selection for “FileZilla Server” (Not “FileZilla Server Interface”.

    1. If “FileZilla Server” is not listed, remember to add “C:\Program Files\FileZilla Server\FileZilla server.exe” or wherever it is installed).

    2. If private network is not selected, the incoming FTP connection would be blocked.