How to Update FileZilla

By Jack Gerard

FileZilla is a free, open-source FTP client that is used to upload and download files from Web servers. The FileZilla developer community releases frequent update builds of the software for those interested in trying the program as it is developed, in addition to regular full releases. With so many updates being released, the FileZilla developers have included a simple way to check for and install software updates in the software itself. FileZilla's updater can check for standard updates, beta versions and nightly builds.

Step 1

Launch FileZilla. Open the "Edit" menu and click the "Settings..." option to access the FileZilla settings in a new window.

Step 2

Scroll through the list of settings options and click "Update Check" to select the FileZilla updater settings. Click the "Run Update Check Now..." button to launch the update checker.

Step 3

Click the boxes to toggle the checks for beta versions and nightly builds depending on your preferences; checking either of the boxes will include those builds in the update check. A warning will appear if you select either of these options as they may not be stable or as functional as a full release.

Step 4

Click the "Next" button to check for available updates. If a newer version of FileZilla is found you will be given the option to download the installation program for it by clicking "Next" again and selecting a save location.

Step 5

Run the installation program for the FileZilla update. Make sure that the program installs to the same directory as your current FileZilla installation; updated files will overwrite the older versions during the installation process.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can enable or disable automatic update checking in the settings window. Automatic checks must be set at least seven days apart.