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					FileZilla for Windows:
Using FTP to upload files to a
web server

                                 Quickstart guide

                                             Developed by:
                                 Training and Documentation
            Academic Technology Services & User Support, CIT

                                          Last updated 3/26/2007

                                               FileZilla. 2.2.22
                        Getting started with FileZilla FTP Client.
                        In order to use Cornell's Instruct1 course web server, you must use FTP (File
                        Transfer Protocol) to copy web pages from your personal computer onto the
What is FTP?            web server so they can be visible on the World Wide Web.
… FTP (File Transfer
                        This guide is your introduction to using an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) using
Protocol) is a way of
exchanging files        FileZilla, a Windows-based FTP client to upload files to Instruct1.
between other
computers and yours
over the internet to    At the end of this guide you will be able to:
someone else's
                           •   Download and install FileZilla, a Windows-based FTP client
                           •   Upload web pages to your instruct1 web account.
                        Before you start
                        This guide assumes that you have already obtained a web server account
                        through a hosting provider. CIT offers instructional web hosting, such as the
                        popular “instruct1” accounts.
                        In order to use FTP to transfer files to a web server, you must first have an
                        account on that server. If you do not have one, fill out the IT Request Form at
               We will use typical Instruct1 settings in the
                        following examples.
                        Gather Necessary Information
                        Before proceeding, please collect the following information from your hosting
                                    1. Address of the host (server) (e.g.
                                    2. User id (NetID) assigned by provider. (for Cornell Instruct1
                                       accounts , this will be your net id.
                                    3. Password assigned by your hosting provider.
                                    4. Path to the web directory of your course folder.
                        Installing FileZilla from Bear Access Services
                        FileZilla, is Windows-based FTP client currently provided by Cornell’s Bear
                        Access Services. At the time of this
                        writing the FileZilla version was 2.2.22.
                           1. Install Bear Access if you
                              haven’t done so already.
                           2. From Windows Start menu, select either “Bear Access via Runway” or
                              “Bear Access via uportal.Cornell”


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                             3. If you are using
                                      a. Bear Access via Runway, select FileZilla (FTP Client).

                                      b. Bear Access via uportal.Cornell., click on the Bear Access Tab.
                                         Under Network Tools, select FTP Client
                             4. Follow the installation instructions. You should now see FileZilla in
                                your under your Windows Programs.
                          Connecting to an FTP Server with FileZilla
                             1. Launch FileZilla

Tip                          Enter the address of the server into the host field of the Quickconnect bar.
You must have login          For the instruct1 server, the address is
information and the
appropriate permissions
to upload files to a
server.                      Figure 1 Quickconnect bar
                             2. Enter the user ID and password provided by your account provider.
                             3. Leave the port field empty to usethe default.
                             4. Click the Quickconnect button to connect to the server. If you are
                                successful you should see confirmation in a few moments. Note: If
                                you have problems at this point, verify that your internet connection is
                                working before seeking further assistance.

                          Overview of the FileZilla window.
                          By default, the FileZilla main window displays the files and folders for your
                          PC on the left side of the main window and the files and folders of the FTP
                          site on the right side.

                             Figure 2 Main FileZilla Window.

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                            Navigating the Server (remote site)
                               1. Type in your working directory next to Remote Site. For an instruct1
                                  course website type, /www/instruct1/courses/yourcoursenumber
                                  (e.g. /www/instruct1/courses/math111/). Your files on the remote
                                  server will appear in the right side of the main window.

                                   Figure 3 Remote site pane

                               2. To navigate to a higher directory click the folder next to “..”.

                               3. To navigate to a lower directory, click on the folder or enter the path
                                  after the “/”.

                            Navigating the local files
                            In order to upload the files you have on your local computer, yo u must use the
About file names
- Filenames are case-       file finder in the left pane of FileZilla to find them.
sensitive.                     1. Navigate to the directory in which you have the files you want to
- Don't use spaces or “/”
in filenames. Numbers,
                                  upload to your web site. You can navigate using the tree structure.
hyphens, underscores,          •   To navigate to a higher directory, click the folder next to “..”
and periods are fine.
                               •   To navigate to a lower directory, click on the “+” to view the
                                   directories and select the desired one.

                                   4 Local site directory tree.

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                           Uploading files
                           Uploading files means to copy the files from the local site to the remote site.
                           Make sure that you are in the remote site directory to which you want to
                           upload files.
… Make sure that you          1. In the local site pane, select the file or files that you want to upload by
navigated to the remote          clicking on them once. They should appear highlighted.
site directory to which
you want to upload files      2. Upload the files by either:
before you click upload.
                                       a. Right-clicking on the filed and selecting “upload” form the

                                          Figure 5 Local site pane
                                       b. Click-drag the file from the Local Site to the Remote Site.
                           You should see confirmation of the transfer in the bottom pane and you should
                           see the same files in both the right and left panes.

                           Frequently asked questions
                           ⇒ What if I can’t connect to the server?
                                       o Make sure you are connected to the internet,
                                       o Check to see that you have the host name entered exactly.
                                       o Verify you have the correct user name and password
                                       o Check your Firewall settings.

                           If you have any questions, please send an e- mail to:
                           For More Information
                           FileZilla online Help is available from the Help menu.
                           Visit the Academic Technology Center (ATC) web page:

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