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, 2013 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, 2013 at 6:54
  • I'm searching for an opposite wish, a caching version of Filezilla. What version you were using? Mar 26, 2014 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, 2014 at 14:55

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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? Jun 18, 2015 at 13:22
  • 1
    now 5 years... SMH
    – thebigtine
    Nov 6, 2017 at 10:45
  • 6 years and counting Jan 14, 2019 at 10:05
  • 1
    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 May 11, 2019 at 6:44
  • 8 years! (@Hansiemithun - but I'm sure there's non-free alternatives if this minor inconvenience is unbearable) ;)
    – ashleedawg
    Feb 17, 2020 at 14:56

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