How can I get FileZille to ignore folders or files? I don't want to upload my version-control info to my web-server!

(question implied in a comment to another answer).

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    Surely the best way in this case would be to do a svn/cvs export of your source before uploading it? That way you are sure not to upload some random svn/cvs file
    – Nifle
    Jul 27, 2009 at 16:12
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    Perhaps. But there are use cases beyond the two examples above. Jul 27, 2009 at 19:41
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    If you need to upload code regularly to keep backups on a client site (and they don't want to pay for something like beanstalkapp) then this filter is very important Oct 19, 2012 at 19:49

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In FileZilla 3+ , click on the "filter directory listings"* button on the task-bar for a listing of existing filters to apply, edit, or add your a custom filter.

* it's the right-most button (with three arrows) in the middle-row in filter button, among others (image from http://wiki.filezilla-project.org/Using )

Detailed info on FileZilla filters

  • In the version of FileZilla I'm using (3.39.0), the icon is gone but I'm able to handle filtering from the "View" menu under "Directory listing filters..." (shortcut key: Ctrl + I). Jan 22, 2019 at 22:56

Click on View -> Filename filters (Filezilla 3.3)


For Filezilla 3.14 this option is under: View -> Filename filters...

Here is the dialog (with GIT, bower_components and node_modules custom rules):

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As you can see SVN exclusion is now available by default. GIT and others has to be added manually with Edit filter rules... button.

Here is how rules editor looks (with GIT rule as an example):

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Complete Solution.

Here is all you need to Do.

Shortcut :: Command + I (Mac) OR Open FileZilla > View > Filename Filters

View Filters Image

Then Click Edit Filter Rule on this screen bottom left corner button.

Edit Filter Rule

As you can see in this image, you can now

  • Click on the + button
  • Create a new row
  • Add Change First Dropdown value to path
  • Change Second Dropdown value to contains
  • in the third text box type .git

This is how now when you will simply click on your repo folder and want to upload all the files, .git folder will not be uploaded.

Voila !! Similary you can do the same for your node_modules folder or other folders as well.

The best practice is to just create a distribution folder which must contain all the serving files for the client and just hit upload for that distribution folder.

Note :: I am sorry folks i do not have enough reputation to embed images here, So Please do a right click on the images and open them in a separate page instead for now. I will update this once i earn that much reputation


On Filezilla (3.7), toggle:

Server -> Force showing hidden files


Filezilla Filters:

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For example you want to exclude Files and Folders that begin with "." i.e.



Then in Filezilla:

  • select "View > Filename filters...".
  • "Edit filter rules..."

  • Filename Filters

  • Filter only
  • .files
  • .folders

  • begins with : matches if the file/directory name begins with the specified literal string.

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