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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!

15 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.

  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

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