How to install Filezilla on Linux Mint 21.1

Endrit Qerreti

Endrit Qerreti

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install filezilla on Linux mint 21.1. Filezilla is an open source ftp software that allows you to transfer and receive files from your ftp/ftps servers. Filezilla has been around for a long time, and it's not the only ftp solution that you can use on Linux, but it's definitely one of the best. Personally I've been using it for a long time on many linux distros and it never disappointed me.

Install Filezilla using apt

Before you start installing filezilla, install the dependencies that filezilla needs to run.

sudo apt-get install libfilezilla-dev libwxbase3.0-dev gnutls-dev libdbus-1-dev

To install filezilla on Linux mint, simply run the command below

sudo apt install filezilla


Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading state information... Done
The following additional packages will be installed:
  filezilla-common libfilezilla-common libfilezilla24 libpugixml1v5
  libwxbase3.0-0v5 libwxgtk3.0-gtk3-0v5
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  filezilla filezilla-common libfilezilla-common libfilezilla24 libpugixml1v5
  libwxbase3.0-0v5 libwxgtk3.0-gtk3-0v5
0 upgraded, 7 newly installed, 0 to remove and 15 not upgraded.
Need to get 10.1 MB of archives.
After this operation, 36.9 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] 

Confirm the installation by pressing the Y button, and the installation will begin

Install Filezilla tar.xz

Alternatively, you can install filezilla manually, by downloading the FileZilla_3.64.0_x86_64-linux-gnu.tar.xz from filezilla official website.

Once you download the tar.xz file, run the command below to extract it

tar xvf FileZilla_3.64.0_x86_64-linux-gnu.tar.xz

You should see the folder "FileZilla3" created on the same path where you extracted the files. This is the folder that contains all the files of filezilla.

Next, we need to move this folder to the /opt folder

sudo mv FileZilla3 /opt/filezilla3

Now, we need to create a symlink that will link filezilla binary file to our /usr/bin folder.

sudo ln -sf /opt/filezilla3/bin/filezilla /usr/bin/filezilla

Run /usr/bin/filezilla in the terminal to verify that filezilla is symlinked correctly, this command will launch filezilla, proceed to create the desktop shortcut if filezilla was launched correctly.

Create filezilla.desktop

Run the command below to create the desktop shortcut file that you can use to launch filezilla without having to launch it manually through the binary file.

We are using nano text editor, but you can use any text editor you like.

sudo nano filezilla.desktop

Next, copy the below configuration to the filezilla.desktop file

[Desktop Entry]

Save the file by pressing CTRL + X, then confirm with Y to exit.

Install Filezilla with Software manager

Terminal it's not the only way you can install filezilla on Linux mint. Software manager can also install filezilla just like terminal.

Launch software manager, software manager is located on the applications menu. Once you launch it, click the search box and type "Filezilla" then press enter, next you should see filezilla as shown in the image below

Now, to install filezilla click the Install button. Once you click the install button, you will get the following prompt, click continue to install the dependencies

Launch Filezilla

You can launch filezilla through terminal by running


Alternatively, you can launch filezilla from the applications menu on Linux mint. Simply open the application menu, and search for Filezilla on the search box. Also, Filezilla is a internet related app so it will be located under "Internet" category on the applications menu.


In this tutorial, you learned how to install Filezilla using apt package manager, how to install filezilla by manually installing the tar.xz file, and also how to install filezilla using the software manager on Linux mint.