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How to Fix File Transfer Failed Error in FileZilla



I needed to replace a WordPress core file for a website, but I wanted to download it first, as a backup.

Since I don’t have access to a cPanel environment, I had to use FileZilla.

But every time I was trying to download the file, it returned a “File transfer failed” error, for whatever reason.

file transfer failed error in filezilla

Fortunately, I found a fix quite fast, and I thought it would be a good idea for a post, especially when I saw that a lot of people are asking about this FileZilla error on forums.

FileZilla File Transfer Failed Fix

The solution to this error is very easy.

By default, the download path will be something like C:\Users\Default\.

I’m using Windows 10, by the way.

Due to that folder’s permissions, I believe, it won’t work when trying to download files there. You shouldn’t use that folder anyway. It’s hidden by default in Windows for a reason, I think.

So, you should change the download path to a more suitable one that also works. To do that, simply choose another folder in the Local site box.

selecting another folder in local site filezilla

I chose to download it on Desktop, and it worked.

download file filezilla

Make sure you choose a folder that has lax permissions, such as Documents, Downloads, or a folder that you create.

That’s a Wrap

Hope this guide helped you out and you managed to fix the “File transfer failed” error in FileZilla and download your file!

If you have questions or thoughts, feel free to leave a comment below.

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  1. Well, this is most peculiar… and your solution, whilst it does indeed work, does not really solve the issue, just circumvent it.

    I guess this has something to do with folder permissions under win10, but I’m stumped at resolving the issue myself.

    Thank you for the workaround!

    1. I don’t think someone uses or should use the Default folder, which is also hidden by default. Indeed, that folder doesn’t have full permissions, hence the error, but instead of modifying permissions to a folder that shouldn’t be used anyway, it’s best just to switch it to a more suitable one that’s meant for downloads/saves, such as Downloads, Documents, etc.

      Nevertheless, as you mentioned, a true fix would be changing the permissions. Those can be changed by right-clicking on the folder, selecting Properties > Security > Edit. But that’s not recommended for security reasons.

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