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, we have a solution.

Retrieve Forgotten FTP Passwords from Filezilla

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

Now you should be able to recover your Filezilla passwords from the XML file.



  1. Norman  

    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

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

      • Sebas  

        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  

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

          • Anay  

            Great, Jimmy! Both, Austin & you Jimmy, made it possible to recover my ‘long lost’ password. :-) Austin’s solution seemed incomplete without this Base64 inclusion. :-) I was feeling stuck at this.

          • Jintao Lee  

            Thank you very much, Austin and Jimmy!

          • al  

            that helped! cheers! :)

  2. Powell  

    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!

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

  4. Roman  

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

  5. Carlos  

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

  6. ErickBest  

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

  7. Qchmqs  

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

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

  9. Robert  

    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.

  10. Anrew  

    This was really useful for me, thanks!

  11. Thanks for this, but Latest version has lost above way

    • Austin  

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

  12. Stephanie  

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

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

    • Tobias  


      just decode the password with a decoding tool (e.g.


      • Paul  

        Perfect – thank you

      • J.Chin  

        Thank you. Exactly what I was looking for.

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

  13. Dimosthenis  

    Thank you very very much!!!!!!

  14. Olivera  

    Thank you.

  15. Someone  

    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  

      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?

  16. Arifur Rahman  

    Thanks Brother

  17. Thank you very much bro ! i got it :)

  18. John  

    That is absolutely awesome!

  19. Alex  

    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

  20. thnxxx awesomee post …

  21. Jess  

    ….There is no ‘pass’ information in mine……it goes straight from ‘user’ to ‘logontype.’ :C :C :C

    …Any ideas? I’ve been trying to log in the *entire freakin’ day* and it just won’t accept anything I put in.

  22. badboy4  

    I am switching to a new computer and I was very worried on how to retreive all my FTP password. Exporting to xml worked wonders. Life Saver! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Siraj  

    Thanks a lot.

  24. Jubin  

    Thanks a lot sir.

  25. Heather Parker  

    There is no ‘pass’ information in mine……it goes straight from ‘user’ to ‘logontype.’ :C :C :C
    …Any ideas? I’ve been trying to log in the *entire freakin’ day* and it just won’t accept anything I put in.

  26. Scott  

    I would like to retrieve all the usersnames and passwords from the filezilla server, any idea how to do this?


  27. ella  

    Hi! would love to say this worked for me but there, unfortunately, is no line ‘Pass’ underneath ‘user’
    any idea would be greatly appreciated!

  28. Jackson Snyder  

    I only get one of three quickconnects. Can you help me get the rest?

  29. JNo  

    I wonder if there’s an alternative to Filezilla that could be used?
    When I tried installing the free version of FZ today, it came with PUA.Installcore (“Avira” and 5 other programs) wiht no opt-out.

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