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How to Configure FileZilla 2.x FTP CLIENT for Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP}

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Article ID: 38
Author: Greg Hedgepath
Created: 7/18/2011
Modified: 7/18/2011
Views: 3,118
Once correctly configured, FileZilla 2.x supports secure file transfer protocol (SFTP) connections.
Configuring FileZilla for SFTP

Important: Before configuring FileZilla 2.xto run in SFTP, check with your Local Support Provider (LSP) to ensure your School, Department, or administrative unit supports SFTP. Since the instructions below are basic, you should also check with your LSP for any special instructions that may apply.

Start FileZilla 2.x (Start → All Programs → FileZilla → FileZilla 2.x).
From the File menu, select Site Manager... . The Site Manager windows displays.
Click the New Site button located in the bottom left corner of the window. A New FTP site icon appears beneath the My FTP Sites folder icon:
In place of the displayed words New FTP site, type a descriptive name for your new SFTP site profile (e.g., myserver SFTP).
Click in the Host field, then type the actual host name of the new SFTP site (e.g.,
Beneath Servertype, click the down arrow and select SFTP using SSH2.
Beneath Logontype, select the Normal radio button.
In the User field, enter your username.
Click the Save and Exit button at the bottom right of the window.
You have successfully created an SFTP site profile. When you next connect to this new SFTP site, you will be prompted to enter your password after entering your username.

Using FileZilla to Connect to the New SFTP Site for the First Time

Start FileZilla (Start → All Programs → FileZilla → FileZilla 2.x).
From the File menu, select Site Manager... . The Site Manager window displays.
Beneath My FTP Sites, select the new SFTP site you just created (for example,; then press the Connect button.
When prompted, enter your password in the dialog box.
The first time only that you connect to your server, the a dialog box will display with a message stating that the server's host key is not cached in the registry, and asking to store key in cache? Click Yes to store the SSL certificate.
Your Local Site files will now display in the left panel of the screen, and Remote SFTP Site files will display in the right panel of the screen.
When finished, disconnect from the directory by selecting Disconnect from the File menu, and then select Exit from the File menu.

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