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Tips to Set Directory Alias on Filezilla Server

Documentation of Filezilla server is not available, the only thing that I can find so far is Filezilla’s forum. I felt really sad the first time I was using Filezilla server on windows, I had to spend lots of time figuring things out. Note just ignore the little tips in Enter Directory Alias dialog, it’s misleading though, I can never have aliases working for me if I follow that reminder 😉

Here is how you can add directory aliases to Filezilla server:

Start Filezilla server interface, click the user/group button on the menu bar, create a user/group if you don’t have one already.

Then select Shared folders from the left panel, and select a user/group from the right panel

Now in the middle panel you can add a few different directories pointing to wherever you want, but if you try to log onto your FTP server now, you will only see the root directory. All other directories are hidden from you since you haven’t added any aliases yet.

Right click one of the directories other than home directory (denoted by a leading H) and choose Edit Aliases from popup menu. In Enter Directory Alias dialog enter the alias for that directory with a leading slash “/”. For example, /pub or /etc. (Don’t try to create nested aliases such as /pub/documents/engineering, I had never got this work for me. If you can please let me know)

Next click OK to close Enter Directory Alias dialog, add more directory aliases as you want.

Once you are done with that, click OK on Users/Groups dialog to make the changes take effect

You should now be able to navigate to different directories from your FTP clients


July 10, 2008 - Posted by | How Tos, Technology | , , ,


  1. Thanks for tips! You get me almost there. I suggest you include that aliase names cannot include spaces.

    Comment by Charlie Balch | August 3, 2008 | Reply

  2. Excellent – thank you very much! Why this isn’t documented more simply by filezilla is beyond me.

    Many thanks!

    Comment by Richard Starr | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  3. I really appreciate your help. You have put it forth in an very easy to understand kind of manner. Thank you very much for this.

    And i do agree to Richard as I do not understand this myself why Filezilla isn’t documented well.

    Thank you once again.

    Comment by Satyan Bajaj | August 14, 2008 | Reply

  4. Hi!,

    Comment by name | August 31, 2008 | Reply

  5. Hello!,

    Comment by name | August 31, 2008 | Reply

  6. You saved my day. Thank you!

    Comment by Casdorph Nugen | September 19, 2008 | Reply

  7. Just wanted to add that I DID get nested dirs to work.

    Following layout:

    R:\FTP is the home folder.

    R:\FTP\Catagory1 is the category I’d like the files in R:\DIR1 to be placed.

    Files located in R:\DIR2 which is on the same level as R:\FTP
    Alias entered as “/Catagory1/Dir1” and it works fine.

    Thanks for the great guide! Made it easy to figure out what the app was looking for in that field…

    Comment by name | September 24, 2008 | Reply

  8. Thanks for the taking the time to document this.

    Comment by Prabhu | September 25, 2008 | Reply

  9. thanks!

    Comment by thanks | November 6, 2008 | Reply

  10. Thank you sir!

    For what its worth… even if you helped one person, thats a GREAT thing. You helped me and a bunch of folks!!!


    Comment by Tony | December 3, 2008 | Reply

  11. Thanks!! Finally, after looking high and low for help on this.

    Comment by Shaun | February 5, 2009 | Reply

  12. Cool! Really appreciated 🙂
    I was looking for such information !!!!

    Comment by Oliver | March 24, 2009 | Reply

  13. Great, Thank’s Alot Bro
    just type “/” in alias name

    Comment by m_iqbalid | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  14. I have tried for hours to get this to work without success..

    My folder structure is C:/myfolder/myfolder2 and I want to share C:/myfolder/myfolder3 and C:/myfolder/myfolder4 with the same user..
    So, I set up an account with C:/myfolder/myfolder2 as the Home directory and then add in the other 2 folders. As you say, you can only see the Home folder. I then right click myfolder3 and add an alias called ‘alias’ I then right click the alias and enter C:/myfolder/myfolder3, click OK and then I test it.
    You guessed, all I can see is the Home directory.. Can somebody please tell me where I am going wrong 😦

    Many thanks

    Comment by Paul - 1Mix Radio | April 22, 2009 | Reply

    • as you can guess you made it wrong
      the alias should begin with “/” and be one word
      so you have to rightclick on c:/myfolder/myfolder3 and edit alis like this: /folder3
      you will see when you login the content of myfolder2 and “folder3”

      Comment by nicro | June 18, 2009 | Reply

  15. Great tip, thanks man!

    Comment by Anders | May 15, 2009 | Reply

  16. *sigh* – you saved me, thanks!

    This is a common problem problem with many open source or free software packages.

    Good products but missing/incomplete/broken documentation.

    But you can’t complain, can you?

    Comment by Thomas | May 20, 2009 | Reply

  17. Thanks man this is a great tip. Helped a lot

    Comment by Ray | May 29, 2009 | Reply

  18. thanks
    very usefull
    but still they come … 😀

    Comment by nicro | June 18, 2009 | Reply

  19. Doesnt work with net drives, any help ?

    Comment by Ray | June 26, 2009 | Reply

  20. Thanks,

    As you did, wasted a couple of hours without figuring out. But now it is all sorted out.

    Very appreciated !


    Comment by JF | August 8, 2009 | Reply

  21. Nice guide, thanks!!!

    Another little tip: when it doesn’t work at first… restart your server (using the lightning bolt at the topleft corner of the interface) to have your changed settings take effect, it worked for me 🙂

    Comment by Sven | August 10, 2009 | Reply

  22. thank you sir, i always forget that part of filezilla config!

    Comment by smok3 | August 13, 2009 | Reply

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