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Disable FileZilla Save all credentials behaviour

2011/02/02 Leave a comment

I have been asked how to get rid of the stored passwords in FileZilla.

First, checkout these files:

filezilla.xml, recentservers.xml and sitemanager.xml

On Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\FileZilla\

or Vista/Windows 7

C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\FileZilla\

open them in Wordpad, and BAM! .. it’s like stealing candy from a baby.

You have to edit the C:\Program Files\FileZilla FTP Client\docs\fzdefaults.xml (respectivly under your userprofile) and disable the KIOSK mode!

See the file fzdefaults.xml.example (docs subdirectory). Inside are instructions how to set FileZilla to not save passwords (kiosk mode 1) or not to save anything at all (kiosk mode 2).

As i’m very disappointed from this feature, i would recommend deleting Filezilla (and manually check that the files are gone) and use somthing line WinSCP or a linux.