Filezilla, an FTP client Skills: install and use Filezilla Concepts: client-server, file transfer protocol (FTP), portable software, wire-frame user interface diagram, Web site mirror This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.
Where does this topic fit? • Internet concepts • Applications • Technology (FTP) • Implications • Internet skills • Application development (Web) • Content creation • User skills
Web client to web server conversation Web client Web server
FTP client to FTP server conversation Copy files FTP server FTP client
Why Filezilla? • It is open source. • There is a portable version.
Filezilla screen layout Host and account FTP commands, the client-server conversation Local directory listing Remote directory listing Pending transfers and progress
Filezilla command menu Wire frame diagram Host and account FTP commands, the client-server conversation Local directory listing Remote directory listing Pending transfers and progress
The client is not yet connected No remote directory listing
Establish a connection to remote host Blank Reconnect to previous host
Filezilla screen layout Host and account FTP commands, the client-server conversation Remote directory listing Local directory listing Pending transfers and progress
Filezilladownload from SourceForge • Portable Filezilladownload from PortableApps
Self study questions Will a Filezilla client work with any FTP server program or must the server be running the Filezillaserver? Explain your answer. We summarized the Filezilla user interface with a wire-frame diagram. Can you reconstruct it from memory? Would a Web developer typically be transferring files to a server or from a server? When would a Wed developer want to transfer a file from the server to his or her client? Explain why a Web server would also need to run an FTP server?
Resources Sourceforge, a repository with thousands of open source programs: http://sourceforge.net/ The Filezilla page on Sourceforge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/filezilla/files/ A repository of portable software you can use from a flash drive: http://portableapps.com Portable Filezilladownload: http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/filezilla_portable Filezillauser’s guide: http://wiki.filezilla-project.org/Using FilezillaFAQ: http://wiki.filezilla-project.org/FAQ Filezillatutorial videos: http://www.5min.com/Tag/filezilla?CategoryID=0 Other open source FTP clients: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-ftp-client.htm