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Import FileZilla Sites From the Site Configuration File On Windows XP or Windows Vista

I recently had a laptop hard drive crash and needed to try and recover numerous items including a bunch of FTP sites I had configured for the FileZilla FTP client. The first task was locating the site configuration file on my Windows XP laptop and then understanding how to import the sites to another computer. The site configuration file is named sitemanager.xml and below is the location of this file on Windows XP and on Windows Vista.

FileZilla Site Configuration File Location:
Windows XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\FileZilla\sitemanager.xml
Windows Vista:  C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\FileZilla\sitemanager.xml

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How to SCP (Secure Copy) with FileZilla on Windows XP

You can easily transfer files from a server that has SSH (Secure Shell) running but not FTP (File Transfer Protocol) using Filezilla on Windows. When using Filezilla it will be called SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) and will allow you to copy files from a server to your local Windows computer with ease. Follow the simple steps below to securely copy files from a server that is running SSH.

  1. Open Filezilla: First you will need to launch Filezilla. If you do not have Filezilla you can obtain it for free from this link.
  2. Open Site Manager: Click on File in the top navigation menu and then select “Site Manager” from the drop down. This will open Filezilla’s Site Manager, as shown below, where you can add, delete, and modify sites that you visit often.