How to Fix File Transfer Failed Error in FileZilla

by Radu

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.

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.

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

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If some info is outdated or incorrect, or you have anything to add, say or ask, please contact me via Twitter or email.

About Radu

I've been working online, from home, for over 9 years. I learned a lot of different stuff related to websites. My main expertise is WordPress, but for some time, I started focusing more on web development.