How to Establish FTP via FileZilla to Manage Your Drupal Site

FileZilla, as one of the most popular and the most widely used FTP clients, is playing an increasingly important role in many websites. Perhaps, it is also true of Drupal sites. So how much do you know about FileZilla? Do you have any knowledge about how to establish FTP connection with this tool to manage the files of you Drupal site?

If your answer is No, don’t worry about it. We are going to tell you how to achieve such a goal with a few steps. And after that, you can manage your files as you wish.

Establish FTP Connection

For those who want to mange their files through FileZilla, establishing FTP connection is the first and the most important step. In the beginning, you need to open your FileZilla installation and a page like below will be presented. There is some information you need to enter in this page, including hostname, username, password and port.

Enter Information

For hostname, you can enter your domain name or the name of the hosting server where your accounts are registered.

For username, you are able to enter the FTP username. Of course, you still can choose another option with your cPanel username or the one of new FTP accounts.

For password, it’s easy for you to understand the meaning of this order. What you need to do is entering the corresponding FTP password.

For port, you have to enter the number of your port. In general, it is 21 by default.

Then click the “Quickconnect” button with your mouse to establish the FTP connection. After these operations, you have finished one of the big events – establishing FTP connection through FileZilla. As long as the FTP connection is opened, you can see the lists of the remote server’ files and folders.

Manage the Files of Drupal Site

As a rule, people often want to update and upload their documents or images on their Drupal sites through a simple and easy-to-achieve way. We will show you more details in the following parts by taking some examples.

Upload Files
As you can see, the left side is local site area while the right page belongs to remote site area. Firstly, you can select a file in the local site area which is the one you want to upload. Then drag and drop it to the remote site area. By doing so, this file is available through your domain name.

Edit Files
Perhaps sometimes you want to edit the codes of some files and update the functionality of website. At first, you should make sure the file you want to make changes in remote area. Then right-click the selected file and choose the View/Edit option.

View and Edit

After that, this file will be opened in another default text-edit page. You can edit it as you like and then remember to save the changes. The FTP client will focus on the file modifications according to your order. Furthermore, it will remind you whether to upload the changed file back on the server and delete the local copy from your local computer. You can make a choice in consideration of your needs.

Make a Choice

Other Actions You Can Perform
Besides above, there are some other operations you can perform on your files and folders and we select several important aspects to illustrate. More detailed information is in below.

  • Download – You can download files and folders from the remote server to your local computer if you need.
  • Rename – by choosing the file you want to rename with right-click, you can enter a new name for the file or folder.
  • Create Directory – this option allows you to create new folders under your current location.
  • Create Directory

  • Delete – this operation enables you to delete the files and folders you don’t need.
  • File Permission – with this action, you can change the file permissions of your files and folders. For instance, you can change the owner, the group and the public permissions. In addition, you can decide whether this file is readable, writable and executable or not.


From above, here comes to a conclusion that it’s easy to establish FTP connection with FileZilla to meet your different requirements on files and folders. Still, we hope that this article can help you a lot in the aspect of managing your files on Drupal site.