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1. What is an FTP server?
2. Why would I want to make one?

1. File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a network protocol used to transfer data from one computer to another through a network, such as the Internet.

FTP is a file transfer protocol for exchanging and manipulating files over any TCP-based computer network. A FTP client may connect to a FTP server to manipulate files on that server. As there are many FTP client and server programs available for different operating systems, FTP is a popular choice for exchanging files independent of the operating systems involved.

2. Say your at a friends / work and you need a file / song / movie from your home computer. Using an FTP server you can access the files on your PC backhome (password / firewall / ports) permitting!
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Step 1: Download Filezilla!

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1. Download FileZilla
Select the Server version and continue with installation.

Step 2: Configure Ports FTP server PC!

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1. Configuring ports:
To access your router you will need to know the IP of your router. To find this, you can usually google your brand of router the normal IP is or something along those lines.
In your internet explorer address bar, type the IP address and you will be prompted for a username / password.
To find the defaults for this if they havent be previously changed, you can use this tool: credentials tool
Many people would advise if you have never changed this password, to do so to keep anypeople from accessing your router and changing any settings.
Once in your router, look for a tab with the name of Applications and Gaming / Port Forwarding or something along those lines.

Here, you will need to configure your ports: Here I have included a picture of our routers port settings so you can get a better idea without me attempting to walk you through it!
The Ip address in the field I have included is the IP address of the computer hosting the FTP server.
hawkeye4896 months ago

I have setup filezilla and forwarded the port 14147, i have opened windows firewall and added inbound and outbound exceptions for 14147. I checked my port with an online checker.

I went out to try logging in but it would not login. I checked with the online port check and it was now closed. What is causing the port to close ?

viksfan877 months ago

My connection times out when I type my ftp://(IPADDRESS) any idea why?

asarma11 year ago
Beast Wheat3 years ago
I have a problem. When I put my hostname from , it says

"The server needs a username and password."

Any help?
Pulver4 years ago
I have a problem..

I can see in Filezilla Server that someone tries to connect but then it says:

"425 Can't open data connection"
miiwii34 years ago
question about the ftp address...

if i go to is the server i connected to in filezilla on port 14147) it takes me to the same site (index) as if i go to my ip address. I have a 2wire router and i added an FTP server exception in my router and I also added an exception in all my antivirus's and firewall.

This doesn't seem right because many other people would have the same IP's for ftp as i have right now.
joshblease5 years ago
A good thing to do is to use DynDns to create a link to your ip address. If your ip address keeps changing download their update client to your pc. create a host service and then to access the ftp put the port number at the end of the url staring with a : eg. this is all free but you must have an ending like i have on mine.
Trainguyxx5 years ago
I've been wanting to start an ftp server just for my local network, but I seem to be having problems settign it up anyway. The offical how to says that I need to set the ip to (or somethign very similar) and 14147 for the port. When I try to connect through filezilla on any computer, it just won't connect. What am I doing wrong?
My router does not have an "Applications and Gaming / Port Forwarding" option, what do i do?
fwjs286 years ago
for a home installation, setup up a server, then install the filezilla program (not the server) on all of the others and you can connect that way...or you can put it on a flashdrive (portableapps) and do it that way...great instructable....
Krazeecain6 years ago
Actually, I can't get this to work. I had it working for a little while and my friend managed to download a game from my computer, I had to turn off the firewall at that time. I turned it back on now, and it doesn't work anymore, even though I unblocked port 21 and 33333 (my random filezilla port) so I tried turning the firewall back off, BUT it STILL doesn't work!!! Why won't it work for me? (PS: I have a dynamic ip, but it didn't change after this whole fiasco)
you have to go into portforwarding on your router most likely...goto and select port forwaring, select your router and such and it should give you a tutorial....
Izokay6 years ago
I have it working, but I was wondering if I can get a free website out of this. I know that I can get a URL that I type into my FTP client, but can I get a website for free that operates from my server?
to the writer: wrote you an email. appreciate your trouble answering back and thanks in advance. kudos!
me is me6 years ago
why is my router ip address the same as the one listed? also, another way to find your ip address is to open command prompt and type "ipconfig" without the ""
You have an internal and external IP address. Your internal may be the same as others, as it is inside your own private network. Common internal IP addresses are, and Your external IP address is unique, and can be found with a quick google search.