6.3 Directory Comparison
To quickly see differences between files on the local machine and the server:
- Choose View > Directory Comparison > and either:
- “compare file size” or
- “compare modification time.”
- Enable the “Hide identical files” option if you don’t want to be distracted by files considered the same on both sides.
- Choose ” View > Directory Comparison > Enable” (or type CTRL-O).
You will now see color-coded differences between copies of the same file on the different machines, observing the following convention:
- Identical directories and files (same name and same date and time of the last change) in the local computer and in the remote server: They are NOT highlighted at all.
- Directories and files only present in the local computer or in the remote server: They are highlighted in YELLOW in the list of the location where they reside.
- Directories and files with the same name in the local computer and in the remote server but with different time of the last change:
- (IF ‘View => Directory comparison => Compare modification time selected) GREEN highlighting shows where the most recent version is.
- Directories and files with the same name in the local computer and in the remote server but with different sizes: ……???…….. (Writer’s observation: They tend a lot to also have different last change times! I believe they should be displayed in the same form that those with different last change times, but I haven’t done this test yet.)
- (IF ‘View => Directory comparison => Compare filesize selected) They are highlighted RED on both sides.
6.4 File Transfer Notes
FileZilla uses multiple FTP sessions. One session gets used purely to browse the server. The other sessions get used to do the file transfers. That way, you can always browse the server even during transfers.
7. Finding FileZilla Client Support
FileZilla Client is an open-source software that is supported by a great growing community. You can find more information here: