I'm using Filezilla to check if new files arrived in different folder on a FTP. But I always have to do a refresh of the folder manually with F5.

When I click on a folder that I already clicked before, the refresh is not done.

How can I enable Filezilla to always update(refresh) a folder when I click it?

  • What OS? Also are you just thinking like on a specific duration like every 2 seconds? – William Apr 10 '13 at 6:50
  • I'm on Windows 8. It does not need to be a automatic polling all x seconds, just when I click the folder manually, it should reload the content again - but it does not. – FiveO Apr 10 '13 at 6:54
  • I'm searching for an opposite wish, a caching version of Filezilla. What version you were using? – machineaddict Mar 26 '14 at 10:12
  • @machineaddict I'm using the most recent version. Please create a new question and ask for a caching FTP client... – FiveO Apr 3 '14 at 14:55

With FileZilla 3, this isn't possible. Ticket #8111 is an open feature request that asks for an option to disable the caching of the directory listing.

You have two options:

  • Install FileZilla 2.2.32.

    Disabling the directory cache is straightforward in FileZilla 2:


  • If downgrading is not an option, you can download, modify and compile the source code.

    The modification is easy. The file src/engine/directorycache.h of the FileZilla 3.5.3 source code contains the following:

    This class is the directory cache used to store retrieved directory listings
    for further use.
    Directory get either purged from the cache if the maximum cache time exceeds,
    or on possible data inconsistencies.
    const int CACHE_TIMEOUT = 1800; // In seconds

    As you can see, the default timeout is 1800 seconds (30 minutes). Setting the timeout to zero should disable the directory cache.

    Compiling is a lot more difficult. The official tutorial Compiling FileZilla 3 under Windows explains how.

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    3 years old and this still hasn't been done? – JOATMON Jun 18 '15 at 13:22
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    now 5 years... SMH – yobddigi Nov 6 '17 at 10:45
  • 6 years and counting – Sander de Jong Jan 14 '19 at 10:05
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    I am using 3.42.1 in May 2019 which is the latest version and I still see the directory cache issue for remote files, pathetic service provider – Hansiemithun May 11 '19 at 6:44
  • 8 years! (@Hansiemithun - but I'm sure there's non-free alternatives if this minor inconvenience is unbearable) ;) – ashleedawg Feb 17 '20 at 14:56

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