FileZilla Tips – Hotkeys, Requeue Failed Transfers, Show Hidden Files

FileZilla is a free software for transferring files over the Internet. It is a very powerful FTP client. FileZilla is used by many developers and webmasters from all over the world.

Show Hidden Files

There are some files which are hidden by default by the server. One is .htaccess. FileZilla offers an option called “Force showing hidden files” to make the software show these hidden files.

Processing Failed Transferred Files

When uploading files, it is common that some files’ transfers are failed due to poor Internet or network connection. The first step to do is access “Failed Transfers” tab at the bottom then right-click and choose “Reset and requeue all”. These files will be listed under “Queued files” tab.

Then process all of them with Ctrl + P or access “Transfer > Process Queue” on menu bar.

Edit Remote File

FileZilla can edit remote file. Browse to the file you want to edit, right-click then choose “View/Edit”.

After editing and closing the file, you can access it again by choosing “Reopen local file”.

View differences between local and remote

FileZilla supports highlighting differences between local and remote folder. Press Ctrl + O or access View > Directory Comparision

FileZilla Keyboard Shortcuts

KeyDescription
F2Rename selected file
F3Search remote files
F5Refreshes local and remote file and folder views
TabSwitches to the next view
Alt+DownTransfers the currently selected item to an item of the same name in the other pane
Alt+UpNavigates up one line in a tree view (same as Up Arrow), navigates to parent folder in file view
Ctrl+BAdd bookmark
Ctrl+Shift+BManage bookmarks
Ctrl+CStops the current operation
Ctrl+DDisconnects from server
Ctrl+EShow files currently being edited
Ctrl+IDirectory listing filters …
Ctrl+MManual transfer
Ctrl+Shift+Ncreate a new directory
Ctrl+OEnable directory comparison
Ctrl+PProcess queue
Ctrl+QExit
Ctrl+RReconnects to server
Ctrl+SOpens the Site Manager
Ctrl+TOpens a new tab
Ctrl+UPreserve timestamps of transferred files
Ctrl+YToggle synchronized browsing
Ctrl+WClose tab
EnterTransfers the currently selected item if it is a file or expands it if it is a directory
Ctrl+PgUp/PgDnswitches to next/previous tab
Up ArrowMoves up one item in the current view
Down ArrowMoves down one item in the current view
Left ArrowNothing in a files view, Up one level in a tree view
Right ArrowDown one level in a tree view, if there are subfolders, nothing if there are none. Pressing once expands a collapsed node. Pressing again steps down into it.

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