How to connect to SFTP with Filezilla

Welcome to our tutorial on how to connect to SFTP using filezilla. First we will start with some basic info In case your wondering what SFTP is.

FTP, or “File Transfer Protocol” is a popular method of transferring files between two remote systems.

SFTP, which stands for SSH File Transfer Protocol, or Secure File Transfer Protocol, is a separate protocol packaged with SSH that works in a similar way over a secure connection. The advantage is the ability to leverage a secure connection to transfer files and traverse the filesystem on both the local and remote system.

In almost all cases, SFTP is preferable to FTP because of its underlying security features and ability to piggy-back on an SSH connection. FTP is an insecure protocol that should only be used in limited cases or on networks you trust.

Although SFTP is integrated into many graphical tools, this guide will demonstrate how to use it through its interactive command line interface.


How do I connect to an SFTP server with FileZilla?
By default, SFTP uses the SSH protocol to authenticate and establish a secure connection. Because of this, the same authentication methods are available that are present in SSH. Before you start, you will need to enable SSH access in your Control Panel if no already set by your host.

Open FileZilla on your desktop then

Enter the address of the server in the field Host, located in the Quickconnect bar. Your hostname would look something like (replace with your domain name)

Enter your username:

Enter your password

Enter the port 22 for SFTP

Click on Quickconnect or press Enter to connect to the server.

Click OK when you get a warning about an unknown host key.

Congratulations, Your now securely connected to your ftp account using SFTP. There are plenty more Website Hosting related Articles Now Available on our website.