How to See Your FTP Password in Filezilla

Here are the exact steps required to extract and see your FTP passwords inside of Filezilla. You can either watch the video or follow the simple steps!

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Step 1: Export the Site Manager Entries

a) Just click on ‘file’ in the top menu on the left-hand side.

Export Filezilla site entries

b) Select the ‘export site manager entries’ options and press Okay. (take not of which folder you are exporting it to)

Filezilla Site export options

Step 2: Open the ‘Site Manager Entries’ File with Notepad ++

a) If you don’t have it – download Notepad ++ (the best notepad editor by far & it’s free!)

b) Open the ‘site manager entries’ export .xml file with notepad ++.

How to open Filezilla xml export file

c) Press CTRL+F (or CMD+F on Mac) and search for the name of your site.

Find password in export file

d) Then simply locate the password near the site name. If you see your password like this: <pass>xxxx</pass> then you are done! You have found your password.

e) But if you see your password like this: <Pass encoding=”base64″>xxxx</pass> – then go to the next step.

Step 3: How to Decode a Base64 Encoded FTP Password

a) Copy your base64 encoded FTP password: <Pass encoding=”base64″>xxxxxxxx</pass>

Visit https://www.base64decode.org/ and paste your password in the top field. Click on ‘decode’ and you’re done!

Decode Encrypted Filezilla password
Congrats – You’ve Retrieved Your FTP Password!

Now you can easily share FTP details without having to go back and log into the hosting account to create a new FTP account… It’ so much faster this way, not to mention how handy this is when you don’t have access to the hosting account anymore.

Even if you want to restrict access after they have shared the password details, it’s still easier just to reset your current FTP password, rather than create a whole new FTP account for someone just so they can have temporary FTP access.