How to download and install Filezilla

Filezilla is software that allows you to transfer files to and from your computer. In my guide, I show you where to download and install Filezilla to your PC, step by step.

Let’s do that step by step.

Step one – Go to Filezilla’s homepage and download the installation files.

Go to, on the homepage, select ‘Download Filezilla Client.’

Download Fillezilla clienti nstallation file

On the next page, click on the download link.

Click on the download link

There are three download options; the free version, the free version with manual, and the pro version.

Three download options

Download the first ‘Filezilla’ option. Now the installation file is on your computer.

Step two – Install Filezilla on your computer.

Double click on the installation file to start. Before the installation begins, you have to make a couple of selections. The first, agree to their license agreement and privacy policy.

Licence agreement

When you are ready, click on ‘I Agree.’

Next, decide who you want to give access.

How to download and install Filezilla

The next options are for what components you want to install.

Filezilla components selection

Next, select the folder you want to install Filezilla.

Chose Filezilla install location

Next, chose the start menu folder location.

Before the installation starts, Filezilla recommends software for your computer.

Downloading and installing Filezilla

Finally, tick you have read the privacy policy then installation begins.

Launching Filezilla client

Once completed, you can open and use Filezilla on your computer.

Step three – Connect Filezilla to your website.

Here is Filezilla.

Filezilla after start

To connect Filezilla to your website you need your shared IP address from your hosting account and your Cpanel login details.

Your shared IP address is on your Cpanel dashboard.

If you are with Bluehost, the shared IP address is on the right.

Shared IP address on Bluehost hosting

If you are with Hostgator, the shared IP address is also on the right.

Shared IP address on Hostgator hosting

If you don’t use Bluehost or Hostgator, look at the ‘General Information’ section on your Cpanel.

Now now you have your Cpanel username, password and your shared IP address.

Return to Filezilla and select ‘File’ from the menu bar, then click on ‘Site Manager’ from the drop-down menu.

Select 'Site Manager' from 'File.'

Now you can connect Filezilla to your website.

First, click on ‘New Site (1)’ from the options at the bottom of the Site Manager window. Then you get a box at the top (2). By default, it will say ‘New Site”, edit this so that you can identify your website.

Add a new site

On the right, enter your shared IP address into the ‘Host’ box. In the ‘User’ box, enter your Cpanel username, and enter your Cpanel password into the ‘Password’ box.

Enter your shared IP address and your Cpanel username and password

Once you have entered your details, select ‘Connect’. Filezilla will connect to your website.

In the top window, you can see the current operations and the progress.

Status window in Filezilla

After connection, your website files are in the two right-hand-side windows. The two windows on the left, are your computer files.

Now you can edit and transfer files from your website to your computer and vice-versa.

Your website login details are in Filezilla’s site manager. Each time you want to connect to your website using Filezilla, select your website from the ‘Site Manager’ option under ‘File’ and click ‘Connect.’

How to download, install, and connect Filezilla to your website video tutorial.


I use Filezilla to edit files on my website. It is quicker than using my Cpanel. Deleting and adding files to your website using Filezilla takes a long time. I don’t recommend using Filezilla for that.

Setting up Filezilla to connect to your website takes a few minutes. The software allows you to access your website files with a couple of clicks which is quicker than going through the file manager in your hosting Cpanel.

I also use Filezilla to disable plugins when I don’t have access to my WordPress dashboard. To find out how to do this, check out my ‘How to disable a WordPress plugin via FTP‘ post.

Before you download and install Filezilla to your computer, would you kindly spare one minute to leave me a comment? Did my tutorial help you? Would you like me to go into more detail? Would you like another tutorial on a problem you are having? I appreciate your feedback.

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