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FileZilla is an FTP and SFTP client that allows users to access files and folders that are stored on network drives or on an FTP Server. In order to maintain files on university web sites, you might want to use FileZilla. You may do so a couple of ways:

  • University computers on campus are equipped with FileZilla that is ready to use on campus. If it's not already installed, it can be installed from the USM Apps menu. 
  • You may download a copy of FileZilla for your personal machine and configure it to work with university resources

The following will offer you some hints on how to set up FileZilla for use with USM Resources.


Installing FileZilla from USM Apps

If you are using a pc, and are logged in to Novell, choose Start, All Programs, USM Apps.  FileZilla is under Internet (Win7) or Install (WinXP). 

Downloading FileZilla from

If you would like to use FileZilla from a non-university computer or off-campus computer, then you may download it at Helpdesk Downloads. FileZilla is located on this page under the heading Web Design & Development. Choose the version appropriate for your operating system.


  • Host: This will be specific to the department: 
    • School of Law:
    • Muskie School of Public Service:
    • Media Server:
    • People (user site publishing):
      This method for accessing the "people" server is only necessary off-campus. See also ?User Web Publishing on
  • Port: 22
  • Servertype:  SFTP - SSH File Transfer Protocol
  • User: Use your USM ID* with Logontype "normalask for password"

* Your USM ID generally should be in all lower-case.

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Accessing Files: Uploading and Downloading

FileZilla's design is designed similar to that of your the My Computer interface. In the diagram below, you will see that a portion of the screen (highlighted in red) shows the files on your own computer, and a portion shows you the files stored at the FTP site once you have connected to it (highlighted in green). The area of the screen highlighted below in blue will show you the status of any file uploads or downloads while you are moving files between your computer (local) and the FTP site (remote).