My preferred FTP client has, for a long time, been FileZilla. To connect to a FTP account, I generally select the account from the Quickconnect menu, as I am sure many others do. However, I find that sometimes on connecting to a new FTP account, I might mistype the information, or (as recently occurred), if the information is intentionally mis-entered, the entry is added to the Quickconnect list. Firstly, I do believe this is a subpar design – the entries should, ideally, only be added if the connection is successfully established (while I can see some merit to the current method, I think the disadvantages out-weigh the advantages).
Recently I wanted to remove a single entry from my Quickconnect menu, the following how that can be accomplished on Windows 7:
The Quickconnect list is stored in an XML file named
recentservers.xml. On Windows 7, this is located in
The file’s structure is as follows:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes" ?> <FileZilla3> <RecentServers> <Server> <Host>HOSTNAME</Host> <Port>21</Port> <Protocol>0</Protocol> <Type>0</Type> <User>USERNAME</User> <Pass>PASSWORD</Pass> <Logontype>1</Logontype> <TimezoneOffset>0</TimezoneOffset> <PasvMode>MODE_DEFAULT</PasvMode> <MaximumMultipleConnections>0</MaximumMultipleConnections> <EncodingType>Auto</EncodingType> <BypassProxy>0</BypassProxy> </Server> <Server> ... </Server> </RecentServers> </FileZilla3>
To remove an FTP account from the list:
- Close FileZilla, if it is open
- Open the above file in your favourite editor
- Delete the entire Server element (
<Server>...</Server>) corresponding the entry you wish to remove and save the file.
- Reopen FileZilla and check your Quickconnect list – hopefully all is well.
Given the straightforward format of the XML file, it would also be quite easy to modify an existing entry (e.g. correct a mis-entered username or password), or to add another entry by simply copying an existing one and modifying it.
A quick note – usernames, passwords, and hostnames are stored in plain text in this file – which might certainly amount to a security concern if you use a portable version of FileZilla without any additional form of encryption.