FileZilla FTP Server – Export and Import configuration

Filezilla offers a simple solution to create your own FTP server on Windows.

The editor also offers a FileZilla FTP client which allows you to connect in FTP and SFTP to the various FTP servers.

An FTP server that can be replaced I thought it would be good to give you a little tutorial to export the configuration server to restore it to a new server.

Some reminders on FilleZilla’s FTP

Free FTP Server

FileZilla server is a free solution to install an FTP server on Windows. Once installed you just have to create a user and define the accessible folders as well as the rights.

To be able to access the server from the outside, it will obviously be necessary to open port 20 and 21.

The application can be installed on a server of type Windows Server 2016 and even on a PC in Windows 10.

Installation and configuration of FileZilla Server

The FileZilla Server application can be downloaded from the official website page:

Once installed, you must create a user account, a password and define access to your FTP folder.

filezilla server interface
By clicking on the icon framed in red you can create an FTP account.

You must then define a login, a password, a folder and the access rights.

FileZIlla Server user account creation

Congratulations your FileZilla FTP server is configured

Step 1 – Save the FileZilla Server.xml file

Does your server need to be replaced? If you have a lot of accounts or if you have forgotten the passwords for the user accounts, be aware that it is possible to” export the configuration of your FileZilla Server.

For that you have to save the file FileZilla Server.xml

The file is stored in this location:

C: Program Files (x86) FileZilla Server

filezilla server.xml file location
The FileZilla Server.xml file contains all your server information (accounts / password (encrypted) and associated folders)

Step 2 – Paste the FileZilla Server.xml file

Once you have saved your file you need to install FileZilla Server on your new Windows server.

Then just paste your backup into the folder C: Program Files (x86) FileZilla Server.

You must replace the FileZilla Server.xml file with your own.

We can then go to step 3.

Step 3 – Update the configuration

In order for your file to load the configuration, we are going to run a command specific to FileZilla.

You need to open a command prompt (cmd) or Powershell prompt and be placed in the installation folder from FileZilla Server either C: Program Files (x86) FileZilla Server

A shift + Right click in the installation folder opens the command prompt directly in the folder.

command prompt folder

Then you must enter the following command:

"FileZilla server.exe" -reload-config

Your configuration is imported! The accounts, password and files are now present.

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