FileZilla is the most popular FTP client in the world. It is open-source and offers all the features one would desire from a modern FTP client. It has the same classic two-pane user interface that everyone loves so much. We can use FileZilla FTP client to transfer files over FTP, SFTP and FTPS. It works on all the popular desktop operating systems like Windows, Linux and macOS. It is so good that almost all the web hosting providers suggest using FileZilla in the case of FTP transfers.
When you save the server configurations (including the login passwords) in FileZilla, the configuration is saved inside several XML files stored in a settings folder. Usually we should not and do not have to manually edit any of these files. But if you want to make a backup of FileZilla settings then we have to first find this settings folder.
Here is how you can quickly find the FileZilla settings folder:
- Launch FileZilla using its desktop shortcut or the Start menu shortcut.
- In the FileZilla window, select Help and then About from the menubar.
- In the FileZilla about window, you can see the Settings Directory near the very bottom of the window inside the System Details section.
- You can also copy all these details to the clipboard by clicking on the Copy to Clipboard button.
As you can it took just one second to find the FileZilla folder where it saves all the settings. If you are running FileZilla on your computer or have it installed, anyone can find this folder and copy your configuration file to anywhere they want. This is why it is very important to encrypt your FileZilla configuration file. For encrypting the configuration file, we can save the configuration file protected by a master password. This setting for using a master password can be found in the FileZilla settings under the “Passwords” section.