I use filezilla so as to access my project's web space at sourceforge.

There is no firewall blocking anything because I can successfully login using the 'sftp' command via a terminal, but I want to use Filezilla, because it is much easier this way to manage your files.

Filezilla used to work fine when I used 11.10, now, when I open Filezilla and fill in the following things:

Host: web.sourceforge.net
Username: Username
Password: Password
Port: 21

And, when I click on the Quickconnect button on the right I immediately get this message:

Status: Resolving address of web.sourceforge.net
Status: Connecting to
Status: Connection attempt failed with "ECONNREFUSED - Connection refused by server".
Error:  Could not connect to server
Status: Waiting to retry...

When I go to Edit->Network configuration wizard... I am not sure what to do in order to make it work.

I will just mention what are the current settings I have according to what the configuration wizard says when I open it:

1st page:

Default transfer mode: Passive

Allow fallback to other transfer mode on failure (ticked)

2nd page:

Use the server's external IP address instead

3rd page:

Ask your operating system for the external IP address

Note here: The 3rd option on this page (Get external IP from the following URL) has from default the URL http://ip.filezilla-project.org/ip.php, which, when I open it at my browser, it gives (!) which, obviously, is not correct!

Don't use external IP address on local connections (ticked)

4th page:

Ask operating system for a port.

5th page: (Test results are the following:)

Connecting to probe.filezilla-project.org
Response: 220 FZ router and firewall tester ready
USER FileZilla
Response: 331 Give any password.
PASS 3.5.3
Response: 230 logged on.
Checking for correct external IP address
IP bjc-bgi-b-cfe
Response: 510 Mismatch. Your IP is 6X.X.XXX.XXX, gc-b-cdi-cdh
Wrong external IP address
Connection closed

It is obvious that the local IP address ( is being sent to sourceforge, which is totally wrong!

Any solution?


web.sourceforge.net does not support plain FTP (on port 21), only SFTP (i.e. FTP-over-SSH). There really is nothing listening on port 21, hence the ECONNECT error (nothing to do with the external IP).

You need to prefix the URL in QuickConnect with sftp://, i.e. sftp://web.sourceforge.net, and everything works great:

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  • Thank you very much! That worked perfectly! I didn't need it under 11.10, though, which is weird! – hytromo Jul 29 '12 at 23:09
  • Perhaps you had a saved profile or something? I don't use Firezilla much, and it has many preferences for fallback, etc. Anyway, glad you got it working! :) – ish Jul 29 '12 at 23:12
  • No, I used the options I specified on my question and it worked like a charm. After I updated to 12.04 a new updated version of filezilla was available, I think, and, when I filled exactly the same things, it didn't work. Weird. Thanks again. – hytromo Jul 29 '12 at 23:14

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