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Installing and using FileZilla


This guide details how to use SFTP with the Horizon Hosting gamepanel. This can be advantageous as SFTP allows for faster, bulk file transfer. However, it is not as intuitive as using the gamepanel’s inbuilt file manager. This guide details how to install and setup FileZilla, a popular SFTP client. There is also a video available at the bottom of this page.

SFTP is a variant of the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) that allows for secure transfer. These days, SFTP is generally preferred.

FileZilla Setup

Downloading and Installing FileZilla

  1. Navigate to the FileZilla Client download page
  2. Click “Download FileZilla Client”
  3. Run the downloaded file
    • FileZilla downloads page
  4. If prompted, click “Yes” on the User Account Control prompt.
    • User Account Control prompt, with Yes highlighted
  5. Agree with the license agreement
    • License Agreement page of the FileZilla installer
  6. Decline the optional offer
  7. Click next
    • Optional Offer page, with decline option selected
  8. Select who you would like FileZilla to be installed for.
  9. Click next
    • Installation Options
  10. Select which components you want. Gernally, the default selection is okay. If you would like a FileZilla icon on your desktop, select this option.
  11. Click next
    • FileZilla Components
  12. Choose a folder to install FileZilla to. Changing this is not neccessary
  13. Click next
    • Install Location
  14. Click install
    • Start menu folder
  15. Once the install is complete, click finish
    • Install complete

FileZilla is now installed.

Connecting to your server

  1. Navigate to your server on the panel
    • Gamepanel servers page
  2. Go to settings, and view the SFTP details
    • Gamepanel settings page
  3. Copy the server address, and paste it into the “Host” section on FileZilla
  4. Copy the username, and paste it into the “Username” section on FileZilla
    • Server page, with SFTP details highlighted
    • FileZilla UI, with Host and Username sections highlighted
  5. Enter your password - this is the same password you use to login to the panel
  6. Leave the port blank - this will be filled in automatically
  7. Click “Quickconnect”

You should now be connected to your server. The remote server files should be shown on the right-hand side.

If you do not see the files, or see errors in the status box, please check your password or contact us for further support.


Watch this video on YouTube