FileZilla – How to Enable Password Saving

FileZilla Saved Passwords Error Message

If you've been faced with the incredibly annoying "Saving of passwords has been disabled by you" message from FileZilla, you aren't alone. And the lack of good answers on Google is also incredibly annoying.

Thankfully, it's very easy to fix. Here's how.

Saving passwords in FileZilla

  1. With FileZilla open, go to edit -> Settings.* (Some older versions may say 'Preferences' instead of 'Settings')
  2. Now go to Interface -> Passwords and select "Save passwords" from the radio buttons. (On older versions you may have to click Interface and uncheck “Do not save passwords” from the Behaviour section.)
  3. Press "OK" to save your changes.

If you are using an older version of Filezilla, it might look like this.

*If you don't see these options, you may need to change your language to English first

That's it! Anyone who says you have to uninstall doesn't know what they are talking about.

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41 Comments on “FileZilla – How to Enable Password Saving”

  1. I went to Settings –Interface, and then I have to go to the sub directory Passwords. At Passwords I set the radio button to Do Not Save Passwords (even though that to me it means not to save the password). I close FileZilla and reopen it and the password is not saved. I also tried using the Saved Password radio button, AND Save Password Protected by a master password. None of the options helped save the password. It may work for you but can you please tell me why it won’t work for me?

    1. Hey Matt,

      I think you misread the original instructions. “uncheck “Do not save passwords””

      You do NOT want that check. As its name implies, if this is checked, passwords will not be saved. You need to uncheck it so that they are saved.

      Actually I do see that the interface has changed a bit to make it clearer. Now you would check the radio button “Save passwords”. I’ll update this post so it is up-to-date.

  2. Works great – if you never ever close the program. That’s not what a “saved password” is bud.

      1. Its great that the settings stay saved for you even though you close the program. Is there a solution for when it DOESN’T save the settings the way its supposed to? I did what you suggested step by step and it still doesn’t save my settings on FileZilla. i wrote down step by step what I did to try and save the settings above. I downloaded the most current FileZilla.

  3. The system I’m using is Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon 3.8.9 with Linux Kernel 4.15.0-43 -generic ..
    I am using FileZilla 3.28.0 and I am still having trouble keeping the password ..
    Under “Settings” and ” Interface” I have enabled “Save passwords” and under Site Manager I have entered “Logon Type” as “Normal” and entered a password in the correct box but it still insists I enter the password every time I start up FileZilla and use “Quickconnect” ..
    What am I missing here ?

  4. had the same problem,
    however to find the correct setting I NEEDED TO SWITCH TO ENGLISH
    then it was easy, thanks for saving my day

  5. You, Sir, are a STAR!!!

    This has been driving me crazy! (No, I did NOT disable saving of passwords you stupid….)

    Anyway, searched their docs – no. FAQ. No. Google, first hit was this and Bingo!

    You may have just saved my sanity 😀

  6. In it says under Edit/ preferences not settings.
    Although a password seems like it would be under connections not interface

  7. Edit settings is where this week? They change this program every day. I will give it ten more minutes of searching then switch to CyberDuck. Thanks for trying!

    1. It’s right where it always has been, even in the newest version! “Edit” is right in the top of the window, and then “settings” is a dropdown from there.

      1. Mine shows “Preferences” under the “Edit” menu. Not “Settings”. So, perhaps it may have changed?

        1. In FileZilla? Make sure you have the current version. I’m on the newest one (3.14.1) and it says “Settings” under the edit menu. Or maybe you have a different language version or something?

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