I want to install FileZilla. I can find it in Ubuntu Software Center but not download button. Using Ubuntu Dash I can't find a download button either.

Using terminal it doesn't work because I only found instructions for Ubuntu 12 (but I am on 13.04).


6 Answers 6


Filezilla is already available in default repos of Ubuntu 13.04

You can try this

> sudo apt-get update
> sudo apt-get install filezilla

nischay@NischayLaptop:~$ apt-cache search filezilla

filezilla - Full-featured graphical FTP/FTPS/SFTP client
filezilla-common - Architecture independent files for filezilla

nischay@NischayLaptop:~$ cat /etc/lsb-release 
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    As of July 2016 my filezilla says it's "up to date" at the command line, but in the help>about menu it says that the build date is Sept 2013. This version is very far behind the version in windows, and doesn't have many basic features such as using a .pem key as a password.
    – geneorama
    Jul 16, 2016 at 15:38
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    @geneorama For me the Build date is 2016-02-25.
    – Omar Tariq
    Dec 3, 2016 at 11:34
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    @OmarTariq My point is that the software update wasn't updating Filezilla for me, which seems to be happening to you too. I believe resolved the issue using this answer: askubuntu.com/a/60701/71633
    – geneorama
    Dec 5, 2016 at 18:55
  • outdated version. Apr 25, 2021 at 8:12

To install FileZilla, you just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:adabbas/1stppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install filezilla
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    what the first line of code do?
    – atilkan
    Aug 24, 2015 at 0:42
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    It adds the repository.
    – Mitch
    Aug 24, 2015 at 6:02
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    The version in this repository is outdated. It’s from 2013. In this case, installing the software from the default repositories is better. Apr 10, 2017 at 13:55
  • unless pressing reasons, stick with the standard repo above
    – Frank N
    Nov 21, 2017 at 12:52
  • outdated version. Apr 25, 2021 at 8:12

For latest version of filezilla use below example of filezilla version

wget sourceforge.net/projects/filezilla/files/FileZilla_Client/   
tar -xjvf FileZilla_3.10.1.1_i586-linux-gnu.tar.bz2

Note extracting folder. Here is filezilla3

sudo rm -rf /opt/filezilla*
sudo mv **FileZilla3** /opt/**filezilla3**
sudo ln -sf /opt/**filezilla3**/bin/filezilla /usr/bin/filezilla
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    This is the best method. The Ubuntu repos often have outdated versions and this is the best way to install the latest one
    – Moulick
    Dec 11, 2017 at 17:41
  • With this method I'm getting filezilla: error while loading shared libraries: libpng16.so.16: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory Aug 12, 2018 at 9:27
  • Use offilcial LInk : filezilla-project.org/download.php?show_all=1 Apr 25, 2021 at 8:21

Easy way to install filezilla is via ppa

open terminal and type the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/programs-ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install filezilla

for more details visit


  • unless pressing reasons, stick with the standard repo below
    – Frank N
    Nov 21, 2017 at 12:53
  • outdated version. Apr 25, 2021 at 8:11

The command to install filezilla in obsolete ubuntu is:

sudo sed -i -re 's/([a-z]{2}.)?archive.ubuntu.com|security.ubuntu.com/old-releases.ubuntu.com/g' /etc/apt/sources.list ....

After this paste these commands:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:adabbas/1stppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo aptitude install filezilla
  • Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Please do not post duplicate answers on different questions. It just creates more work for the moderators. If the questions are so similar that the same answer works on each, then the later of the two is likely a duplicate and should be flagged as such. Aug 1, 2016 at 8:58

Now filezilla is available in Ubuntu Software.


You can download the file directly from https://filezilla-project.org/download.php?type=client

  1. Extract it
  2. Keep in a folder
  3. Create a .desktop file
  4. Move .desktop file to application folder

More info:

  1. As of now the file is FileZilla_3.56.0_x86_64-linux-gnu.tar.bz2 . Extract it to your required folder, it can be in your home folder.

  2. My file location is /home/sudhakar/Soft/FileZilla_3.56.0_x86_64-linux-gnu/FileZilla3

  3. &4.: Then create a filezilla.desktop file at /home/sudhakar/.local/share/applications


[Desktop Entry]
GenericName=FTP client
GenericName[fr]=Client FTP
Comment=Download and upload files via FTP, FTPS and SFTP
Comment[da]=Download og upload filer via FTP, FTPS og SFTP
Comment[de]=Dateien über FTP, FTPS und SFTP übertragen
Comment[fr]=Transférer des fichiers via FTP, FTPS et SFTP


Finally: Check it in app launcher. If it's not there just logout and login. It should appear in app launcher.

NOTE: This will be available for current user only. If you want to install for all the users in the PC. (2) Move the extracted folder to /opt directory (it requires admin permission. In terminal - sudo mv '/home/sudhakar/Soft/FileZilla_3.56.0_x86_64-linux-gnu/FileZilla3' '/opt'). Also move the filezilla.desktop file to /usr/share/applications folder. Before moving update Exec= and Icon= location.

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