SFTP Using FileZilla for Windows

If you do not have Filezilla and would like to get it, you can download it for free from the Filezilla the web site http://filezilla.sourceforge.net/.

Please note: Filezilla supports both ftp and sftp (secure ftp).  In this page we discuss its use for sftp as we no longer offer public ftp access to the University servers.  (If you feel that you still require ftp access please open a support request with the Service desk.)

To start the Filezilla program, double-click on its icon.


The Filezilla window has 5 main sections.

  • The top one contains server messages.
  • The middle two on the left side correspond to the Local System. You use this window to navigate your local system to choose a transfer directory.
    The top window contains the directory list and the bottom one shows the files in the current folder.
  • The Remote System window is on the right side. This contains the directory and file listings of the remote system.
  • The bottom section contains file transfer information. All the current file transfers will be displayed here.

There are two ways to connect to a server. One is to use Quickconnect and the other is to create and then use a profile.

Using Quickconnect to Access an SFTP Account:

quick connect screen capture

  • Enter sftp://ccl.cc.umanitoba.ca (or other host of your choice) in the Address field.
  • Enter your UMnetID in the User field.
  • Enter your password in the Password field.
  • You can either enter 22 in the Port field or leave it blank.
  • Click on Quickconnect.

Create a Profile:

  • Click on File, then Site Manager to open the Site Manager window.
    File site manager image
  • Click on New site to add a new site.
  • Click on Rename to give the profile a meaningful name such as UofM or CCL.
    site manager screen capture image
  • On the right hand side enter a hostname in the Host: field (ex. ccl.cc.umanitoba.ca to access your unix account).
  • Set the server type to SFTP 
  • Set the Logon Type to normal and enter your username and password for the specified host.
  • To connect to this site click Connect.
  • To setup other features such as the default remote directory click on Advanced. This is useful if you frequently use a particular folder such as public_html.

Connect Using a Profile:

  • Click on File, then Site Manager to open the Site Manager window.
  • Click on site (e.g. “ccl”) to which you would like to connect.
  • Make sure the username and password are correct.
  • Click on the Connect button on the bottom left side of the window.
  • You should now be connected to the selected server. If you are not able to connect, ensure that your Internet connection has not been lost.

Known Issues:

If the connection seems to hang for 20s and then retries with a message that includes:
Status: Connected to ccl.cc.umanitoba.ca
Error: Connection timed out after 20 seconds of inactivity
It may be that you have customized your shell initialization file (~/.bashrc or ~/.cshrc) to include an “echo” statement to display information.  This is not in our default configuration but is valid usage.  Please try reconnecting after commenting out the echo statements in your initialization file.  If you would like help or would like some support on your customizations please open a ticket with the Service desk.


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204-474-8600 or
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