FileZilla is an open source project, available for free under the GNU General Public
developer site: http://sourceforge.net/projects/filezilla
The "Quickconnect" toolbar does not support SSL or SSH connections; you cannot connect to the
SMHS FTP server using this toolbar. You can hide the Quickconnect bar by using the View menu
and de‐selecting "Quickconnect bar."
When you open FileZilla for the first time, you may be asked to create a site in the Site
Manager. If not, select "File > Site Manager" from the menu to open the Site Manager window.
This is where you will set up the connection to the SMHS FTP server.
Site Manager: General Settings
Site Manager: Creating a New Site
To create a new connection, click "New Site". Type in a name for the new site (such as
Enter the following information:
Select one of the following server types:
"SFTP ‐ SSH File Transfer Protocol" [port 22]
"FTP ‐ File Transfer Protocol" with one of the following Encryption types:
Require explicit FTP over TLS [port 21]
Require implicit FTP over TLS [port 990]
Enter your username
Enter your password
After you have entered the information, click the "Connect" button to immediately connect to
Connecting to the FTP server
After setting up your site, you will be returned to the main FileZilla window. Click the arrow
next to the computer icon in the upper left portion of the window. This will show you a dropdown
list of the sites you have configured. Click the site you just created. This will connect you
to the FTP server.
You may be asked to accept a certificate similar to the one pictured below. Verify the information in the
"Subject of Certificate" box ‐ make sure the "common name" is ftp.smhs.gwu.edu. Click "OK" to
connect to the server. You may want to click the "Always trust certificate in future sessions"
checkbox. If you do not check it, you will be presented with the certificate every time you log
Once the connection has been established, the first remote site directory you see will be
your home directory, named "/". Your home directory contains folders for the site(s) you
have access to, such as gwumc.inside or gwumc.www. Inside the site folders are the
folders for your website(s).
You cannot create, delete, or modify anything in the home directory. You must go into one of
The folder named ".." allows you to navigate up the directory tree. So, if you are in the
that contains "gwumc.www".
will open a context menu to allow uploads, deletes, etc.
To disconnect, click the icon red "X" icon in the toolbar or choose "Server > Disconnect".
Once you have successfully connected to the server, you may want to set default local and
remote directories so you do not have to navigate to the correct directories every time you
connect to the server. Open the Site Manager and choose the "Advanced" tab.
Enter (or browse) to the directory on your computer where you store your local copy of the
from "Remote Site" location bar when you are connected to the server.