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How to Retreive Forgotten FTP Passwords from Filezilla

Recently I needed the FTP password for a site I manage however I couldn’t find the PW anywhere. Fortunately the password was cached in FileZilla however from the UI, there is no way to get the password. No problem, I have a solution!

The Filezilla Site Manager window is where you set up each server connection. Here your username will be displayed, however your password will be hidden.

filezilla site manager

To retrieve your hidden passwords, open up the File menu and click Export…

Filezilla Export

Check the “Export Site Manager entries” box and click OK.

Export Site Manager entries

For simplicity’s sake, save the file to your Documents folder with the default FileZilla.xml name.

save FileZilla.xml

Now exit Filezilla and browse to your Documents folder in Windows. Open FileZilla.xml.

open FileZilla.xml

If you haven’t assigned a default XML reader, the file will open up in Internet Explorer. All of your user names and passwords will now be visible within the opened XML file.

  • Usernames are on the User line.
  • Passwords are on the Pass line.

Filezilla username and passwords

Problem solved!

31 Responses to How to Retreive Forgotten FTP Passwords from Filezilla

  1. Norman January 27, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    This reassures me that with my regular PC backup (including Filezilla settings) I’m confident I can always get my passwords. A simple post that is worth lots
    Many thanks

    • Steve Krause January 27, 2012 at 8:17 am #

      @Norman – Awesome. It’s a little obscure but practical so I appreciate the comments. Austin had a nice find on this one.

      • Sebas December 18, 2015 at 6:05 am #

        Hi Steve,
        in the meanwhile there has been an update that forces encoded passwords. In the respective line of code it says: yourencodedpassword
        Is there a way to decode it correctly?

        All the best

        • Jimmy June 18, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

          It’s encoded in Base64 (at least for me) so go to http://base64decode.net/ and click decode, the password should be there

  2. Powell August 8, 2012 at 2:08 am #

    Thank you so much for this! So simple and easy. You don’t know what mental stress I had to go through trying to figure out what my passwords were. Thank you again!

    • Steve Krause August 8, 2012 at 10:13 am #

      You are very welcome! Welcome to groovyPost!

  3. Christian Watson August 23, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Thanks very much – this post was exactly what I was looking for!

  4. Janice Paulsen Guazzo January 5, 2013 at 7:03 am #

    Thank you!

  5. Roman March 11, 2013 at 5:17 am #

    An eye-opener and a day-saver! Thank you thousand times!

  6. Carlos June 6, 2013 at 6:14 am #

    Fantastic. This post was a time saver. Thank you!!

  7. ErickBest October 14, 2013 at 5:18 am #

    Man…. Thanks a million Bucks… I owe you a Burger!

  8. Qchmqs October 28, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    You can’t imagine the stress I had when I taught I lost the password for the good , THANKS

  9. Keith Davis December 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Thanks Austin
    Worth knowing that for the day that I can’t find a password.
    Pity you can’t do that from the dashboard.

  10. Robert January 8, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    Thank you so much for this, I’ve gotten so used to just using the site manger in FileZilla that I forgot the password for my site and have been trying to remember it all day so I could give access to one of my coworkers.

  11. Anrew January 18, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    This was really useful for me, thanks!

  12. ve may bay August 7, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

    Thanks for this, but Latest version has lost above way

    • Austin September 29, 2014 at 9:04 am #

      Nah, it’s still there. I just checked and you can still do this as of version 3.9.0.5

  13. Stephanie April 16, 2015 at 10:07 am #

    Oh it’s not showing now…
    Now I get:

    Pass encoding=”base64″ and the passwords are all unrecognizable in “in code” 🙁

    • Tobias April 20, 2015 at 1:37 am #

      Stephanie,

      just decode the password with a decoding tool (e.g. https://www.base64decode.org/).

      Tobias

      • Paul August 13, 2015 at 7:16 am #

        Perfect – thank you

      • J.Chin August 19, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

        Thank you. Exactly what I was looking for.

      • html G December 15, 2015 at 7:23 am #

        Is there a way to disable the password encoding? That would be handy.

  14. Dimosthenis August 22, 2015 at 2:08 am #

    Thank you very very much!!!!!!

  15. Olivera September 21, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

    Thank you.

  16. Someone September 29, 2015 at 1:27 am #

    The function did not work. No servers were shown at all. The information are just stored in the quick connect history. Are there any alternatives to tackle this problem?

    • Bill April 8, 2016 at 9:24 am #

      Happened to me aswell, Im quite new to all this and a technician asked me for my FTP account but I cant seem to know what exactly my password, host etc is. Any Luck Finding a solution?

  17. Arifur Rahman October 18, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    Thanks Brother

  18. sujatha October 21, 2015 at 7:26 am #

    Thank you very much bro ! i got it 🙂

  19. John May 5, 2016 at 11:31 pm #

    That is absolutely awesome!

  20. Alex May 20, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

    how if my laptop had just been format,
    and filezilla must be re-installed while i don’t have any backup data?
    can i still retrieve or recall the data from the server?

    please help anyone

  21. AmliJatt May 31, 2016 at 10:34 pm #

    thnxxx awesomee post …

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