How to Disable Frequent Updates in FileZilla FTP Client

Like many other people, I use FileZilla as the FTP client to connect to various FTP servers and transfer files. But I do not use it very frequently. Recently, whenever I launch FileZilla, it starts to download the updated version and install it. This is alright if it happens once in a while, but if is happening every single time you launch FileZilla then it soon becomes very annoying. So if you do not want to bothered by the updates every few days in FileZilla, then you can disable the updates or change their frequency in the following manner:

  1. Launch FileZilla, click on the Edit and then select Settings from the menubar.FileZilla Disable Updates
  2. In the Settings window, select Updates page from the left side list.
  3. On the updates page, you can change the updates frequency to never, once a day or once a week. For disabling the updates altogether, you should select Never. But it is suggested that you select Once a week, so that FileZilla does not check for the updates every day.FileZilla Disable Updates
  4. Click on the OK button to save the settings.

Since the FileZilla client settings offer to change the update frequency to daily or weekly only, you have to edit the configuration files manually if you want a longer frequency for updates. Here is how:

  1. Install Notepad++ in your PC. It makes editing files easier. But you can use Windows Notepad too.
  2. Press the hotkey Win+R to open the Run dialog.
  3. Type %AppData%\FileZilla in the Run dialog and press Enter.
  4. Right-click on filezilla.xml file and select Edit with Notepad++ or Edit in case you want to use Windows Notepad.FileZilla Disable Updates
  5. Scroll down, find the setting Update Check and set its value to 1. This enabled the automatic updates.
  6. Similarly, find the setting Update Check Interval and set its value to number of days, e.g., 30. You can set the value to 7 for once a week, 1 for once every day, and so on.
  7. Press Ctrl + S to save the file.

5 thoughts on “How to Disable Frequent Updates in FileZilla FTP Client

  1. Well illustrated, easy to follow instructions. Many thanks.
    Unfortunately, did not work for me.
    Found Update check already set to 0. Changed interval to 365. No help.
    Deleted all references (two of them, it turned out) to Inmotion in the registry. No help. Appears that my version of FileZilla (3.25.2) reaches out to Inmotion’s website and loads a window. Annoying (I update my personal website at least once a week) but not a show stopper.
    Ideas welcome, though.

    1. Steve, there are two steps to follow to prevent installing an already downloaded version of filezilla and fix your problem

      1. in your download folder, find and delete the new version installer
      2. in the xml file, replace the block of lines beginning with and ending with with just one line

      I had the same problem with the same filezilla version and I fixed this way.

      1. I try to write in another way, since my comment has been stripped and appeares with no quotation marks LESS-THAN and GREATER-THAN and without its content

        2. in the xml file, replace the block of lines beginning with

        LESS-THAN SIGN Setting name=”Update Check New Version” / GREATER-THAN SIGN and ending with with just one line

        LESS-THAN SIGN Setting name=”Update Check New Version” / GREATER-THAN SIGN

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