Set up FileZilla Server behind Windows Firewall

If you are having problems with setting up FileZilla Server to run behind Windows Firewall (specifically, it fails on “List” and the client receives a “Failed to receive directory listing” error), you must add the FileZilla Server application to Windows Firewall’s Exceptions list. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Open Windows Firewall under Control Panel.
  • If using Vista, click “Change Settings”
  • Select the “Exceptions” tab.
  • Click “Add program…”
  • Do NOT select “FileZilla Server Interface” from the list, instead click on “Browse…”
  • Locate the directory you installed FileZilla Server to (normally “C:Program FilesFileZilla Server”)
  • Double click or select “FileZilla server.exe” and press open (Once again, NOT “FileZilla Server Interface.exe”)
  • Select “FileZilla server.exe” from the list and click “Ok”
  • Verify that “FileZilla server.exe” is added to the exceptions list and that it has a check mark in the box next to it
  • Press “Ok” to close the window

Passive mode should now work. If you are still having problems connecting (from another computer or outside the network), check your router settings or try to add the port number in the Windows Firewall settings located in the Exceptions tab.

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