FileZilla is a powerful and free software for transferring files over the Internet. It is a very popular FTP client and is used by webmasters from all over the world. FileZilla is fully compatible with the Professional FTP hosting.
FTP can be used to easily transfer a lot of files between computers; the FTP repository can be mapped to multiple computers across the Internet so that other people can access the directory right from Windows Explorer.
How to Host an FTP Server on Windows with FileZilla?
We are going to show you the steps to setup a folder on your Windows computer as an FTP repository, using FileZilla.
- First of all, you will have to download the FileZilla server. After downloading the program, you have to install it with all of the default settings. FileZilla will install a service that runs whenever Windows boots up, so if you would rather only run the FTP server manually, select the appropriate option from the drop-down menu on the third screen.
- Once you are done with the FileZilla installation, the FileZilla interface will open. You just have to click OK when this window pops up right after installation.
After the FTP server interface has been loaded, you will be ready to specify a directory as an FTP repository. If the directory you want to use isn’t already created, minimize the interface and create a folder where you want the FTP share to be. Click on Edit and then Users.
A window will appear on the left side, and in that tree click on “Shared folders.”
Click on “Add” which can be found underneath “Users.” You have to enter the username for an account that another computer will be using to access the repository you are setting up.
When you are done entering the account name click OK, and then click on “Add” underneath the “Shared folders” section. Once you are done with, a window is going to appear just like the one shown in image below, use it to select the directory you would like to share as an FTP repository.
Click OK. Now you need to give user permissions for this repository. By default, the user you have is able to read files, list directories, and list subdirectories. To assign them more permissions, check the boxes beneath “Files” and “Directories.” After that click OK to finish giving more responsibilities.