I want to install FileZilla on my new Windows 8 OS. I downloaded the installer from here, and when I opened it, I got the following message:

screencap describing problem

You must be connected to the internet to complete your installation.
Please connect and try again.

I am clearly connected to the Internet, because I can write this question... I'm not sure what is going on, but the FTP client is a necessity for me. If there's an alternative way to install FileZilla, I would like to know it. Thanks.

  • What other packages are offered you must be missing something. Just use the zip file sourceforge.net/projects/filezilla/files/FileZilla_Client/…
    – Ramhound
    Jul 22, 2013 at 2:02
  • @Ramhound This is perfect, can you post it as an answer and possibly include how can I find the future zip files as well?
    – SeinopSys
    Jul 22, 2013 at 2:06
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    Apparently this is some new advertising program that Sourceforge is offering to projects, and you may or may not be able to find a zip file option: ghacks.net/2013/07/17/…
    – jjlin
    Jul 22, 2013 at 2:24
  • @DJDavid98 - All I would be doing is duplicating what the artile already says. I don't answer questions where I feel the author should have done more research before asking it.
    – Ramhound
    Jul 22, 2013 at 10:53

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Same problem here. Try download from https://filezilla-project.org/download.php , go to "Show aditional download options" and download the best match for your computer. That will be a direct setup executable, and not some "install wizard or whatever" from sourceforge.


On final download page just add ?nowrap at the end of url to get the original file instead of installer.


Original page


Sourceforge installer

With nowrap


enter image description here

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    This will save you from the worst at first (adware installer), but be careful with the FZ auto-update function. FZ is not a program to trust any more.
    – Erik Hart
    Jan 22, 2015 at 15:01

Windows 8 is not listed as a supported client.

"Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 are supported, each both 32 and 64 bit.'

  • I had to find that out the hard way, I was too dumb to take a look.
    – SeinopSys
    Nov 14, 2013 at 23:31

if you want to install Offline a Filezilla SERVER the best way is to avoid SourceForge and download directly from here http://download.filezilla-project.org/

  • This also references Sourceforge, with a big "recommended" button for the adware-contaminated download manager. There are "clean" links in small print, but I recommend not to trust this program anymore.
    – Erik Hart
    Jan 22, 2015 at 15:00

Maybe your network is using proxy authentication. You need a standalone version. You can download it from here: http://www.oldapps.com/filezilla.php?old_filezilla=7106


At this link you can see the download button as a SourceForge image. https://filezilla-project.org/download.php?type=server

Click Show Additional download options then click the recommended download exe.

Your downloaded file must be the FileZilla icon

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