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I have to download a 15GB file from my client's system using FileZilla. However the download looks like it will take a very long time, more than one day.

Can I resume the download after restarting my system the next day?

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You can.

A file will remain in the transfer queue if you disconnect the client. When you restart your machine, right click on the file to resume and you will be offered the choice of overwrite or resume (and a couple of others). Choose resume and off you go!

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  • @Leo: Thanks allot for your information. You saved a lot of my work. May 19, 2011 at 10:54
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    Later I used Fireftp which is a add-on of Firefox. It is more efficient than Filezilla. Now I don't want come back to FileZilla. Dec 8, 2011 at 13:45
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    I want to add a note that some firewall/routers will muck with the FTP commands and a resume will fail, and it will start back at 0 bytes. I have found that if you can using a FTP connection over ssl (ftps) will stop any firewalls from messing with your transfer. If you are also running the server you can create a self signed SSL certificate and just use ftps://ftp.example.com to connect. Dec 29, 2011 at 17:28
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To resume downloading after disconnected, open Filezilla ftp interface, just drag the file from the source to the right side over the one you wanna resume, it will ask to overwrite, select resume and click ok

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Definitely you can resume a filezilla download. The file will be saved on the download queue. You can restart the queue on your next login. This won't hamper your file; the queue will carry forward from that location.

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As others have said it's possible to resume downloads with FileZilla. What they haven't said, however, is that you won't automatically be prompted to resume your download(s) when you launch the program (at least in OSX).

You'll need to reconnect to the server and attempt to download the file you partially downloaded before. You will then see the list of options among which "Resume" will be. Select that and your download will begin where it previously. left off.

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Whenever you download a file that already exists on your system, you have control over what happens. The following information comes from the official documentation.

Default Behavior

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Find this in the Edit->Settings... menu (for the Windows version). This is the official documentation of these drop-down values:

Ask for action: Ask you what to do every time this occurs.

Overwrite file: Overwrite the destination file every time.

Overwrite file if source file newer: Overwrite the file in the destination if the file being transferred is time-stamped with a later date/time. Note: the date and time on local and remote machines need to be synchronised in order for this to work correctly. If they differ, ensure that you configure the server time offset before transferring files. See Configure server time offset.

Overwrite file if size differs: Overwrite the destination file if there is a size difference between the destination file and the file being transferred.

Overwrite file if size differs or source file is newer: This is a combination of the previous two options. The destination file will be overwritten if there is a size difference between it and the file being transferred, or if the file being transferred is time-stamped with a later date/time.

Note: the date and time on local and remote machines need to be synchronised in order for this to work correctly. If they differ, ensure that you configure the server time offset before transferring files. See Configure server time offset.

Resume file transfer: Assume that a previous file transfer was stopped mid-transfer, and continue transferring the file. This option is particularly useful when large files are being transferred or the connection is slow or unreliable.

Rename file: Transfer the file, but don’t overwrite the existing destination file; instead, dialog box is presented where the user can enter the new name for the file being transferred:

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Skip file: Don’t transfer the file. Skip to the next file in the queue instead.

Session Behavior

To change the ‘file exists’ behaviour for the existing session – ie, the behaviour will revert to the default when you next open FileZilla Pro:

  1. In the main menu, click on Transfer > Default file exists action…. enter image description here
  2. Select a default action for downloads – file transfers from a remote server to your local machine.
  3. Select a default action for uploads – file transfers from your local machine to a remote server.
  4. Click on OK.

In the transfer queue

[This one is usually the least convenient in my opinion.] To change the ‘file exists’ behaviour for all files currently queued to be transferred to or from a specific server:

  1. In the Transfer Queue, right-click on the server name.
  2. Select Default file exists action… enter image description here
  3. Select a default action for downloads – file transfers from a remote server to your local machine.
  4. Select a default action for uploads – file transfers from your local machine to a remote server
  5. Click on OK.

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