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Configuring FileZilla for PC or Mac

  1. Download FileZilla FTP Client and run the installation program, accepting the defaults.
  2. Click the Start menu (or the Windows Icon), select “Programs”, “All Programs”, or “All Apps”, then select FileZilla FTP Client, then click FileZilla.
  3. Click the computer icon near the upper-left corner of the window OR press Ctrl + S OR open the File menu and click Site Manager.
  4. Click the New Site button, choose a site name (HLS website, for example), then enter the following information:
    • Host: sftp.law.harvard.edu
    • Port: 22
    • Servertype: SFTP – SSH File Transfer Protocol
    • Logontype: Normal (if you want it to save the password)  OR  Ask for password (if you’d like to be prompted each time)
    • User: first part of your email address (e.g. jharvard)
    • Password: your LDAP password (For students this password is the same as your email or Helios password. For faculty and staff, this is the password used to log in to MyRooms (Events Scheduling) or Helios.)
  5. Click Connect. If you chose to be prompted for your password each time, enter it and click OK.
  6. The first time connecting, you will receive an “Unknown host key” message. Check the box to “Always trust this host, add this key to the cache”, then click OK.
  7. For subsequent connections, you can simply click the down arrow next to the computer icon and select the site name you chose.

FileZilla Basics

Layout of the screen

By default, the FileZilla window is broken into four major sections. Any of these sections can be enabled or disabled under the View menu.

  1. The first section, directly under the toolbars and stretching the full horizontal length of the window, is the message log. The message log can be useful to view errors if you have trouble connecting to a site, but can otherwise be ignored.
  2. The local directory tree is in the left half of the middle part of the window. This section displays the contents of your local computer, and can be browsed in a manner similar to Windows Explorer.
  3. The remote directory tree is in the right half of the middle part of the window. Once connected to a remote site, it will be displayed here, and will be browsable in a manner similar to Windows Explorer.
  4. The transfer queue extends the full horizontal length of the bottom of the window, and displays currently transferring files. You can also click the Failed transfers or Successful transfers tabs to view files you have already attempted to transfer.

Working with files

To upload a file to the remote computer:

  1. Browse to the target location on the remote computer.
  2. Browse to the source location on the local computer.
  3. Right-click the file to be transferred and choose “Upload”.

To download a file to your local computer:

  1. Browse to the target location on the local computer.
  2. Browse to the source location on the remote computer.
  3. Right-click the file to be transferred and choose “Download”.

To delete a file:

  1. Browse to the file you want to delete.
  2. Right-click the file and choose “Delete”.

To rename a file:

  1. Browse to the file you want to rename.
  2. Right-click the file and choose “Rename”.

Advanced Tips:

  • You can also drag and drop items between the local and remote directory panes. Additionally, in Windows you can drag and drop items between either pane and Windows Explorer or the Desktop.
  • Many Windows Explorer shortcut keys will also work in FileZilla, such as the delete key to delete a file, or F2 to rename a file.