New Check out the curated list of the finest design resources I've gathered for you! Take a look →

How to Use SFTP with FileZilla

Transferring files securely between servers is essential for maintaining data integrity. SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) provides a secure method to exchange files over a network. In this article, we will guide you through the process of using SFTP with FileZilla, a popular and user-friendly FTP client.

Table of Contents


1. Download and Install FileZilla: 

  • Visit the official FileZilla website ( and download the appropriate version for your operating system.
  • Run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

2. Launch FileZilla and Access Site Manager:

  • Open FileZilla and click on “File” in the top left corner.
  • Select “Site Manager” from the drop-down menu. A new window will appear.

3. Configure New SFTP Connection:

  • In the Site Manager window, click on the “New Site” button on the left side.
  • Name your site.
  • In the “Host” field, enter the server’s IP address or domain name.
  • Set the “Port” to 22 (the default SFTP port).
  • Choose “SFTP – SSH File Transfer Protocol” as the protocol.
  • Select “Require explicit FTP over TLS” under Encryption.

4. Enter Credentials:

  • Choose the “Logon Type” as “Normal”.
  • Enter your SFTP username and password in the respective fields.
  • If you have an SSH key, select “Key File” under “Logon Type” and provide the path to your private key file.

5. Connect to the Server:

  • Click on “Connect” in the Site Manager window.
  • FileZilla will establish a connection to the SFTP server using the provided credentials.

6. Transfer Files:

  • Once connected, you will notice a dual-pane interface.
  • The left pane represents your local machine, and the right pane represents the remote server.
  • Navigate to the source file in your local machine’s pane.
  • Double-click the destination folder in the server’s pane.
  • Drag and drop the desired files from the left pane to the right pane for uploading.
  • To download files from the server to your local machine, drag and drop files in the reverse order.


In this article, we have outlined the step-by-step process of using SFTP with FileZilla. By following these instructions, you can securely transfer files between servers. Remember to configure the connection using the correct details and ensure that the SFTP server is properly set up with the necessary permissions. Enjoy secure file transfers with ease using FileZilla’s intuitive interface.

Rizwan Aritonang

An independent WordPress & Front-End Developer from Bandung, Indonesia.

Get In Touch

Leave a Comment