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FileZilla Client is a cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with many advanced features such as "in-place" editing of files. resumption of broken transfers, bookmarks, etc and an not so intuitive graphical interface.  Can be used along with Cygwin and Teraterm for replacing Hummingbird Connectivity Suite

In FTP realm, functionally is generally equivalent to expensive enterprise products like Hummingbird FTP and  WS_FTP Professional but it supports scp and sftp too.

Among interesting features:

  1. Permits viewing/editing files "on the fly" on the remote server.
  2. Permits creating bookmarks for places in remote filesystem you go often.

What it does:

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FileZilla installation procedure: 

  1. Go to http://filezilla-project.org/
  2. Click on Download FTP client
  3. Run the executable
  4. Accept all the defaults

There are two ways to connect to remote site using FileZilla

  1. Using the Quick Connect bar. To connect to an FTP server, enter the address of the server into the host field of the Quickconnect bar (i.e. domain.com - see image below). If it is a special server type like an SFTP server, add the protocol in front of the address. In case of an SFTP server, start the address with 'sftp://' (i.e. sftp://domain.com). Enter the port of the server into the port field if it is not the default port (21 for FTP, 22 for SFTP). If a username / password is required, enter it in the corresponding fields, otherwise the default anonymous logon will be used. Click on Quickconnect or press Enter to connect to the server.
  2. Using Site Manager You can use the FileZilla Site Manager to specify specific site parameters and connect to the targeted FTP site. The Site Manager allows you to store entries and configure more parameters than the Quick Connect allows.

You can make FileZilla more user friendly using several customarizations:

  1. To change the Double-Click action on Files in FileZilla to edit you need to do the following:
  2. Using notepad as a default editor does not do you any good and also create difficulties viewing Unix files like logs (it does not understand Unix-style line separator).  It is a generally good idea to replace (or supplement) Notepad with a better editor. There are several well written free replacements.  You should try at least three and chose the one that suits you best:

    There are three recommended solutions to the Unix file viewing problem in FileZilla:

    1. Change to Wordpad as a default editor

    2. Add metapad ( http://liquidninja.com/metapad/  ) as a component into FileZilla directory and set it as default editor (this is just one executable and it is much better then notepad). It also can be used as a very nice replacement for notepad. Key features (see Metapad - Wikipedia):

    3. Install Notepad++ ( http://sourceforge.net/projects/notepad-plus/  ) in addition to FileZilla and make it default editor in FileZilla setup. This is a nice free programmers/administrators editor that has independent value and improves the quality of environment. Features: (see Notepad++ - Wikipedia)

    Some of its features include: ]


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This process only applies if you use Filezilla for FTP to sites outside the University. Access to University sites should work normally without the need to reconfigure Filezilla.
  1. In Filezilla, go to the Edit menu and choose Settings.
  2. In the Filezilla Options dialogue box, find the Connection section of the 'tree' display at the left-hand side of the box. If there is a ' + ' (plus sign) box next to the word 'Connection', click it to expand the menu and show the settings you need.
  3. Under Connection, click FTP proxy settings and change these settings:
    1. Select the 'USER RemoteID@Remotehost' option button (the sixth one in the list)
    2. In the 'Proxy host' box, type ftpproxy.ex.ac.uk
    3. In the 'Port' box, type 8021
    4. Leave the 'User' and 'Pass' boxes blank.
  4. Under Connection, click Firewall settings and tick the 'Passive mode' box.
  5. Under Connection, click Proxy settings and tick the 'direct connection (no proxy)' box.
  6. Click OK to save your changes and close the dialogue box.

Proxy settings

In addition to the Firewall support, FileZilla also supports SOCKS4 and SOCKS5 based proxy servers. Setting up the proxy server is very similar to the firewall settings.

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