FileZilla Server is a free open-source download that allows you to create your own FTP server. Once finished, you can use the FTP server to upload and download files wherever you are.
Installing FileZilla Server is a very straightforward process. First, you will need to download the program by visiting FileZilla Server's download page here:
At the time of this article, version 0.9.37 is the latest available download. Before you download the program, keep in mind that it only works on the Windows XP, Vista, and 2000 operating systems. If you are running one of those three operating systems, click on the download link to begin the installation process.
As stated, installing FileZilla Server is easy thanks to the Windows wizard. For the most part, it is recommended that you use the default settings while installing the program. You do have other options to choose from, however, so we will go through the process step by step.
Once the FileZilla Server download is completed, run the .exe file to begin installation. You will be presented with the License Agreement. Read through it and select I Agree to continue.
You will now be asked to choose which components of FileZilla Server you want to install. Check all of the desired components and click Next.
You will be prompted to choose the install location for FileZilla Server. You can choose any folder you'd like, but it is recommended to use the default location. Click Next.
Now you will have to decide how FileZilla Server's startup behaves. By default, it will install as a service and start with Windows. For most users, this is the best and most recommended option. In this section, you can also enter the port you want the admin interface of Server to listen on.
The default port is 14147. You can leave that setting alone, or change it to a different port. Just remember the port if you changed it, as you will need it to make a connection later. Click Next.
Your final decision to make is how you want the interface to start. The default setting will have Server's interface start if a user logs on to Windows. This is recommended, but you can change it to start manually. Make your selection. Next, click the box next to Start Interface after setup completes. Click Install.
Once the installation is complete, you should see the admin interface. You will be asked for your Server Address and Port. The address is 127.0.0.1 and the port is 14147, or whichever port you changed it to during the installation process. If this is the only FTP server you will be running, check the box next to Always connect to this server. This will allow you to skip this step the next time you want to run the program.
Your server should now be set. To begin using it, you will need to create server users, which I will show you in an upcoming tutorial.
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