SOLVED: How to Migrate Filezilla Settings From One PC To Another

UPDATED: Jan 30, 2020

There are two easy ways to move your FileZilla settings and cached QUICK CONNECT entries from one PC to another:

This first method is the official process but it does NOT migrate your QUICK CONNECTs.  The second method gets everything.

1 – Use the FileZilla Interface:

  1. On the source (old) machine, start FileZillahow-to-transfer-filezilla-configuration
  2. Click FILE > EXPORT
  3. Select EXPORT SITE MANAGER ENTRIES, EXPORT SETTINGS and EXPORT QUEUE (or less if you do not want everything)
  4. Click OK and select a destination your new machine can get to (like a thumbdrive)
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  5. On the destination (new) machine, start FileZilla
  6. Click FILE > IMPORT
  7. Select the exported file from the source computer

 

2 – Just Copy The FileZilla Setting Directory:

  1. Make sure both machines are running the same version of Filezilla
    1. In practice, this is not usually required as long as the builds are close but making them the same will elliminate problems
  2. On the source (old) machine, make sure FileZilla is closed
  3. Using Windows Explorer (My Computer, Computer, This PC, File Explorer…) go to C:\USERS\<AccountName>\AppData\Roaming
    1. If you do not see the APPDATA folder, you need to turn on HIDDEN FILES
  4. Copy the entire FILEZILLA Folder to a destination your new machine can get to (like a thumbdrive)
  5. On the destination (new) machine, copy that FileZilla folder to the same location C:\USERS\<AccountName>\AppData\Roaming

Comments

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    unlvgirl July 24, 2020 at 10:20 am

    YAY! It worked.

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    JB August 10, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Wouldn’t hurt to specify which AppData folder has the actual ,xml FileZilla configuration files. I’m not sure what version of Windows you used initially when documenting this, but as far back as I can currently recall, there are generally 3 directories in AppData: Local, LocalLow, and Roaming. Granted this article is a couple years old and I’ve only really ever used Pro or Enterprise Windows editions. Anyway, in case anyone comes across this and needs clarification, both Local and Roaming folder in AppData have FileZilla folders when it is installed. The one you want is from the Roaming directory. The other is mostly just .png image data for the GUI. Just wanted to provide the extra info in the event that someone looking here may find it useful. 🙂

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    Sean McCoy February 9, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Thanks much, saved me a lot of time! The export/import didn’t work for retrieving my QuickConnect setup, but copying the APPDATA folder did.

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