FileZilla is a feature-rich, cross-platform Open Source FTP, SFTP1) and FTPS2) client.

FileZilla3) stores all handled login data/credentials as plain XML files 4) in the following directory:

  • ~/.filezilla/ (Unix-like systems)
  • %AppData%\FileZilla\5) (MS Windows)

This is expected behavior because it is your operating systems's responsibility too keep these files save. But keep it in mind if you are using a non-encrypted and/or multi-user systems.



10.04 Lucid and above

Simply install the following package(s):

After installation, you can start the program by clicking “Applications→Internet→FileZilla”. Or open a terminal and start it via filezilla.


XP and above

Simply download the Windows installer and execute it with administrator privileges. Or use FileZilla portable, if you want to run FileZilla without installation.


1) file transfer via SSH
2) common FTP via SSL/TLS
3) like many other applications
4) e.g. recentservers.xml and sitemanager.xml
5) %AppData% is a Windows environment variable, pointing to the current application data dir of your account. Try to access %AppData%\FileZilla\ directly via Windows Explorer and you'll see how it works.
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