How do I set the rights or chmod a file in an FTP client?

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope
FileZilla FTP client

Setting the rights of a file may be necessary when uploading a script or non-traditional file to your web server. To set the rights of a file or chmod a file in an FTP client, follow the instructions below. In the following example, we'll be using FileZilla, our favorite free FTP client. Users who are using other clients should find the steps below similar to what they need to do.

  1. Open FileZilla.
  2. Connect to the server you're you are going to upload the files.
  3. On the left side of FileZilla showing your files browse to the location containing the files you want to upload.
  4. Next, on the right side of the window, browse to the location of the upload files. If this location doesn't exist create it.
  5. Upload the files by dragging and dropping or right-clicking the files and selecting upload.
  6. Finally, once uploaded you'll notice that the permission by default is set to 644 or 0644. To change that permission, right-click the file, and click file permissions. If you know the numeric value the file needs to be set to, enter that value into the text box and click ok or check each of the permission boxes you want.

Additional information

  • For additional information about CHMOD and file permissions on Linux, see our chmod command page.
  • See the FileZilla and FTP definitions for further information and related links.