Upload Files Using the FileZilla SFTP (Beta) Client for Mac & Windows

SFTP is currently in beta and is not officially supported yet. We are currently gathering feedback for the new feature. Please send your inquiries or comments to sftp.beta@egnyte.com.


This article provides instructions for configuring the FileZilla FTP/SFTP client to work with Egnyte. For background information about uploading files using SFTP, and access to other SFTP configuration guides, please read this article.

Exclusions: Please refer to this article for unsupported characters and excluded file types that will not be synced.

SFTP access is limited to Admins and Power Users on the Office, Business, or Enterprise plans; trial users on these plans are limited to uploading 1GB at a time via SFTP. 


  1. Install FileZilla FTP V.3.38 or higher. You can find the download options here. If you already have FileZilla installed, go to Settings, select Updates, click the Run update check now... button to ensure you have an acceptable version installed.


  2. From the menu, go to File, then Site Manager, and click New Site.

  3. Enter the following information in the General tab and click OK.

    Protocol: SFTP - SSH File Transfer Protocol

    Host: ftp-acme.egnyte.com (Replace acme with your Egnyte domain name)

    Logon Type: Normal

    : jsmith$acme

    Note: Replace jsmith with your Egnyte username and acme with your Egnyte domain name. The $ character is a separator between your username and domain name.

    Password: Your Egnyte password.

    Note: SSO authenticated users will have to set a Non-SSO password that is only used for FTP. This can be done from the My Preferences tab under My Profile in Egnyte.

  4. Go to the Transfer Settings tab and check the box next to Limit number of simultaneous connections. You should also limit the maximum number of simultaneous connections to 3. When the number of connections goes higher than 3, you may see a 550 Cannot connect error. Click OK once completed.

  5. From FileZilla's main menu, click Edit, then Settings. Then click Connection.

  6. Set the connection Timeout in seconds to 600 and Maximum number of retries to 2.


    Note: If you are planning to use Desktop Sync or Storage Sync, you need to select the option to preserve timestamps of transferred files. You can do this from within the main toolbar of FileZilla. Click Transfers in the main toolbar of FileZilla, then Preserve timestamps of transferred files.

    Note: Egnyte limits SFTP users to three concurrent transfers. You can change this setting in FileZilla in the Transfers setting page.


Add Filters

  1. To add filters, click View in the FileZilla menu and open the Directory listing filters. Click Edit filter rules.


  2. Create a new filter by selecting New and add filters to exclude filenames with characters not supported in Egnyte. For an updated list, please refer to this article. Click OK once finished.


  3. Select Useless Explorer filesTemporary and backup filesConfiguration files, and the custom filter you created for Egnyte unsupported characters. Then, click OK to enable these filters.


  4. To connect, click the icon shown below.


    Then, click Connect on the Site Manager window.


  5. Once you connect, you're ready to upload your files. Simply browse your local drive to upload from the Local Site window on the left. Drag the files to an appropriate folder in the Remote Site on the right (e.g. /Shared/Documents).



For troubleshooting FTP related issues, we recommend that you enable logging. From FileZilla's main menu, click Edit and then Settings. Select Logging under the File editing section.

Check the box next to Show timestamps in message log and Log to file and specify the location for the log file. Click OK to save the changes.

Note: FileZilla will have to restart to apply these settings.



Firewall Recommendations

If your firewall has restrictions and blocks certain ports, you may need to allow outbound SFTP/SSH port (22).

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