How to Install Filezilla in Ubuntu?

FileZilla is a free, and open-source GUI-based tool that allows users to upload and download files to the host server. It generally uses the file transfer protocol FTP for sharing and uploading files. Apart from that the user can also edit files and make changes to them without downloading and uploading. 

Like Windows and macOS, all the Linux distributions also support the FileZilla tool. 

This post enlists possible methods to install FileZilla in ubuntu with the following content list:

Method 1: How do I install FileZilla in Ubuntu Via Terminal?

The command line interface is the fastest and easiest way to Install the FileZilla application on ubuntu. Here we have two possible methods to perform this task using the command line interface.

Method 1.1: Using Default Repository

The default repository of ubuntu offers a bundle of software applications that can be installed using  the default “apt” package manager.

Step 1: Update Software Packages

First update the system packages to get the newest versions of the software applications:

$ sudo apt update

All the packages have been updated.

Step 2: Install FileZilla Tool

Use the “apt” package manager with the superuser privileges i.e “sudo” to install FileZilla from the default repository:

$ sudo apt install filezilla

The “FileZilla” application has been downloaded to the Ubuntu system.

Step 3: Verify FileZilla 

Check the Filezilla version for more verification using the “–version” command in the following way:

$ filezilla --version

The “FileZilla” application is present in the current Ubuntu System having version “3.58.0”

Step 4: Launch FileZilla

Simply type the “FileZilla” tool in the terminal and hit the  “Enter” key to launch it. 

$ filezilla

Method 1.2: Using PPA Repository

The default Ubuntu repository installs the “FileZilla” version that is available in it. It may be the latest or not. So for getting the latest version of FileZilla use the third-party PPA repository by following these steps.

Step 1: Add PPA Repository

Execute the “add-apt” command to add the “xtraDeb” PPA repository in Ubuntu:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xtradeb/apps

The xtradeb has been successfully added in Ubuntu.

Step 2: Install FileZilla

Now, install the FileZilla application from the PPA repository using the “apt” package manager in this way:

$ sudo apt install filezilla

The FileZilla tool has been successfully installed.

Step 3: Confirm FileZilla 

Run the “–version” command again for checking whether the FileZilla tool’s latest version is installed or not:

$ filezilla --version

At that time Filazilla tool’s having its latest release “3.63.1” was installed.

Method 2: How do I Install FileZilla in Ubuntu Via GUI?

The user who is not comfortable with the terminal can install FileZilla using the Graphical user interface by accessing the Ubuntu Software center.

Step 1: Open Ubuntu Software Center

Navigate to the Ubuntu dock panel and open the Ubuntu Software Center. Search for the FileZilla in the “Search” bar and click on the best matches:

Step 2: Install FileZilla

Hit the green “Install” button and the installation of FileZilla will be started:

It needs administrator authentication in the form of its “Password”. Enter the right password and “Authenticate” it:

The progress bar shows that installation will be completed within a few seconds:

Step 3: Launch FileZilla

Once the FileZilla is installed, move to the “Application Menu” by hitting the “Show Applications” button. Find the FileZilla tool and open it:

The FileZilla tool is opened:

How to Remove FileZilla Using CLI?

After the complete usage of “FileZilla” remove it from Ubuntu using the “apt” package manager with the “remove” flag:

$ sudo apt remove filezilla

The “FileZilla” tool has been removed.

Remove PPA Repository 

The removal method is the same as method 1(Remove FileZilla Using “apt”). But for the removal of the PPA repository use the below-mentioned “add-apt” command:

$ sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:xtradeb/apps

The “xtradeb” PPA repository has been removed from Ubuntu. 

How to Remove FileZilla Via GUI?

Simply remove the FileZilla application by accessing the Ubuntu Software Center. Search for FileZilla in the installed applications list and hit the Uninstall button:

Again hit the “Uninstall” button to verify the uninstallation process of the FileZilla tool:

Enter the administrator “Password” for authentication and hit the “Authenticate” button:

The FileZilla tool has been uninstalled/removed from Ubuntu as shown below:


To install FileZilla on Ubuntu, the “default repository” offers the “FileZilla” software utility that can be installed easily using the “apt” package manager. For its latest release add the third-party “PPA” repository in Ubuntu first and then install it. In addition, the user can also get FileZilla quickly from the Ubuntu “ Software Center”. This guide has listed down all possible CLI and GUI methods to install “FileZilla” on Ubuntu.