For any person or company managing large image files, using a file transfer service to access and share those files in the cloud is an absolute necessity. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use one of the more popular free and easy-to-use File Transfer Protocol (FTP) services, FileZilla.

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Downloading and installing the program

Go to the open-source platform website filezilla-project.org. Choose ‘’Download FileZilla Client’’.

Filezilla download link

Choose the download file for your desired operating system. It’s available for Mac OS X, Windows PC, and Linux.

Choose the oparating system of filezilla

Once you’ve downloaded the software, follow the prompts and install it was would any other type of software program.

Install the ftp program and open it

Next, set up your your FTP account credentials by logging into your account and enabling your FTP account from the “account setting section”. Click on the “Enable FTP account.

Enable ftp account

Have your FTP username and password ready for this process. Make sure to create a password that cannot be easily replicated.

Your ftp account credentials

Note: You can change your password any time by clicking on “Reset Password”.

How to connect to a server

If you look right below the toolbar, you will see the information fields for entering your Host, username, password, and Port to connect to the FTP server. For the purpose of this tutorial, we’re using the example of connecting to the Clipping Path FTP server, which would allow you to share your images with us to outsource your image post-production photo editing and optimization requirements.

Fields for entering your host-user name password and port

You don’t need to worry about entering the Port address. This should be left blank because it is standard across all servers. FileZilla will automatically enter Port details when left blank.

Start the connection process by clicking the Quickconnect button. The status of this connection will be displayed on the top pane of your computer.

Quick connect

If the connection is successful, the file system of the server will be listed on the right pane.

How to use your Site Manager

Quickconnect settings will disappear the moment you restart FileZilla. To save time in accessing the server, save your login details in Site Manager. Click on the File menu on the top left side of the program and choose ‘’Copy Current to Site Manager’’.

How to use site manager

When you finish this process, it will automatically open the user interface of the Site Manager together with the server details which you initially entered.  Name the login, example: “CPI FTP”.

User interface of the site manager together with new site

Alternatively, you can click the “New Site” button and fill in your host name, user and password and save under the name “CPI FTP”. The login type should remain as ‘’Normal’’.

User interface of the site manager together with new site

Now, each time you want to connect to this FTP server, you select Site Manager and choose the desired login name, like “CPI FTP”.

Download or upload your images with Clipping Path India

The Local site section of FileZilla lets you access the photo files on your computer’s hard drive. Navigate to the left pane to locate the files you want to upload to the server.

Local site section and remote site section on ftp

To create a directory to upload your files, go to Remote site section. Right-click on Create Directory and name your new directory.

Create directory

Once the directory is created, double click on it to upload photos into this directory. If you need to go back, double click on the directory icon that ends with two dots located on the top left side.

Select the desired files to upload from the left panel and drag them to the right panel directory to upload. Or right click on the files and choose “Upload”.

Select files from left panel and upload

You can view the progress of the upload in the bottom panel.

The files queued up for transfer

When the copying is finished, the files will automatically appear in the CPI FTP server.

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Downloading images after they have been edited

To download files from an FTP server, in this case, CPI FTP, just follow the process in reverse. Login to the server, locate the files you want to download, drag them from the right panel to the left panel. Or select the files in the right panel, right click, and choose “Download”.

Download completed images

Again, you can view the download status on the bottom panel.

There you have it! You now know how to upload and download files with FileZilla via FTP.

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Rokaiya Yeasmin Munni

As manager and head of digital marketing at Clipping Path India, Rokaiya wants to help retailers and photographers use marketing strategies and tactics that will elevate their business. She has an 18-year background in graphic design, content management and digital marketing.

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