Tutorial - Using FileZilla with your OVHcloud hosting
Find here a tutorial for using the FileZilla software on your web hosting
Find here a tutorial for using the FileZilla software on your web hosting
Last updated 13th September 2022
FileZilla is free software available on several operating systems (Windows, macOS, etc.). You can use it to put files or your website online by connecting to your web hosting plan’s FTP space.
Find out how to use the FileZilla software on your web hosting plan.
OVHcloud provides services that you are responsible for with regard to their configuration and management. It is therefore your responsibility to ensure that they function properly.
This guide is designed to help you with common tasks. Nevertheless, we recommend contacting a specialist provider if you encounter any difficulties. We will not be able to assist you. You can find more information in the
Go further section of this guide.
In the quick connection bar, enter the information using the table below:
|Information to enter||Details|
|Host||The server address for accessing your hosting plan’s storage space.
For shared hosting, it usually has this form:
|User||The login/username for accessing your web hosting plan’s storage space.|
|Password||The password associated with the user.|
|Port||It is usually filled in automatically by the software. Otherwise, enter:
In case you do not have this information, log in to the OVHcloud Control Panel, go to the Web Cloud section, then click on
Hosting plans. Select the name of the web hosting plan, and click on the
FTP - SSH tab. The information associated with your storage space will then appear:
Some OVHcloud solutions do not use port 22 for SFTP and/or SSH connections. In case of doubt, check the port information displayed in your OVHcloud Control Panel.
Once everything is entered correctly into section 1 as shown in the image below, click on
If the connection is successful, you will be informed via the status in section 2 of the image above. You can see your directories and files already present on your hosting (section 3).
The SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) is a protocol similar to FTP. Like SSH, it uses port 22 by default instead of port 21. If you are using a Cloud Web hosting plan, you will need to use the port listed in the OVHcloud Control Panel instead. Port 22 on Cloud Web hostings is disabled for security reasons and therefore not used for SSH and SFTP connections.
SFTP can be enabled free of charge for all OVHcloud hosting plans (with the exception of the old 60free/demo1g solutions).
First, check that SFTP is enabled for your FTP login.
Go to the Web Cloud section of your Web Cloud section of your OVHcloud Control Panel, then click on
Hosting plans. Select the name of the web hosting plan and click on the
FTP - SSH tab.
Then check if SFTP is active in the table at the bottom of the page.
If SFTP is not active:
...button to the right of the table, then
To establish a connection to the remote server (your hosting), enter the following information into the quick connection bar:
XXXwith the number of your hosting cluster)
After clicking the
Quickconnect button, a dialogue box opens (see image below) to certify the connection to the host you are about to connect to. When you are logged in to an OVHcloud host, you can tick the option Always trust this host, add this key to the cache so that the software will not ask again for future connections to this host.
The message displayed below indicates an identification error when connecting to the shared hosting plan using FTP or SFTP:
This type of message is generated by an error in the Login/Password pair.
Check your login details to ensure that no errors are entered. If required, you can change the FTP access password for your web hosting plan directly in the OVHcloud Control Panel.
A guide is available for changing the FTP password on shared hosting plans.
In the following case, the error is generated by an incorrect host name:
Check that it is linked to the host name declared in your OVHcloud Control Panel.
To transfer your files via FTP, you can select them, then drag and drop the directories/files from the left window (Local site) to the right window (Remote site) (sections 4 and 5 described in this tutorial under Interface overview).
Be sure to select the correct target directory on the hosting in the right-hand window.
Once this is done, your files will automatically queue to be uploaded to the server.
A view of the queue is available (section 6 described in this tutorial under Interface overview).
In this zone, you will find:
You can right-click on one of the files in section 5 (described in this tutorial under Interface overview).
A popup menu will appear, and you can choose from:
Right-click on one of the files on the server, then select
You can modify the access rights (chmod) of your files and folders present on the hosting.
Generally, it is easier to manage chmod rights with the three-digit number format (composed of 3 digits from 0 to 7). The permissions can range from
000 (no rights) to
777 (all rights).
Warning, it is not recommended to set "chmod 000" rights on your folders or files. You will no longer be able (at least via FTP) to manage this item (including as an FTP administrator).
Similarly, do not use "chmod 777", because in this case anyone can edit these folders or files. This results in a significant security vulnerability for your hosted data.
The first of the three chmod digits corresponds to the owner/administrator rights, the second to group rights (rarely used and generally set to 0) and the third to visitors to your website on your hosting.
By default, we recommend that you do not exceed "chmod 705" for folders and "chmod 604" for files.
The higher the number is, the more elevated are the permissions.
Enter the permissions you want to assign. The chmod value will be automatically updated.
You can select the “Recurse into subdirectories” option to not only change the rights of the folder in question but those of the folders and files located inside this folder as well.
Regardless of your actions, your hosting plan may be disabled if our security systems detect malicious files or files that are not authorised on your hosting plan.
You must then secure your services while correcting the security vulnerabilities mentioned in the block notification received via email.
Server and select
Enter custom command. (This option may also be called
Enter FTP command).
Enter the following command:
SITE CHMOD 705 /
This command does not work via SFTP.
If you get the error
550 would not change perms on /. no such file or directory, use the following command:
SITE CHMOD 705 .
To check that the reopening is effective, open your website in a web browser after a few minutes.
Be sure to test the website display after a maximum waiting time of 3 hours.
Our robots check status changes every 3 hours.
Depending on when the above changes are made, your website may be restored more or less quickly.
If the 3-hour time limit has passed and your website is still not online, verify that the command you have entered has been applied by retrying the operation.
If it still does not work, please contact our support team.
For binary type files, such as CGI files, it may be of interest to choose how the transfer will be done.
To change the transfer type, select
Transfer from the main menu, then
The file comparison option displays colours in zones 4 and 5 (shown in this tutorial under Interface overview). Use this option to highlight the differences between local files and folders and those on the server.
By right-clicking on the icon, you can change the comparison mode. You have the choice to enable or disable the option, as well as:
Meaning of the colour coding:
Consult our documentation for resolving recurring errors when using FTP software.
Generally, find all our guides related to shared hosting here.
Do not hesitate to consult the official page of FileZilla.
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