Zip and Unzip files with FTP client/Filezilla

As a Freelance Web Developer, I work on many hosting panels, I have to transfer sites from one server to another very frequently.

While doing this, I’ve faced a very common problem many times in last few years. Some hosting company doesn’t provide a rich file manager or in some cases client gives only ftp account details.

If I download all files once and upload to other server again using an FTP CLIENT like FileZilla, It requires lots of time. Because filezilla processes files one by one.

That’s why I started to find a solution to make the process faster and effective and finally I have a solution for both zip and unzip. Now I can zip and unzip files within seconds!

However, I know many people are looking for a similar solution and that’s why I am writing this post. You can follow the articles below to zip and unzip files using FileZilla:

How to Zip/Compress Files using Filezilla ?

How to Unzip/Extract Files using FileZilla ?

Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

Thank You


19 Responses

  1. Lara says:

    Even if free FTP software the cost to set it up and manage is too much. Binfer is an easier way to transfer files. See FTP replacement

  2. Lepi says:

    @ Lara

    It’s look like Binfer is seeding big files to email account?
    That’s not what we need here.

    I need to se what is on server side.

  3. Brandon says:

    Admins of Filezilla say: “Redacted link due to obvious and trivial security vulnerabilities in the provided scripts”

    • Abdul Awal says:

      Hi Brandon,
      Its recommended to remove the script files after getting the job done. There’s no security risk if you delete the files after doing zip/unzip.

  4. Christian says:

    Works perfectly, it’s very useful, expecially when you are facing tasks like deploying moodle core files on servers that are accessible only by ftp.

  5. error please help says:

    hi, I tried your module, but it gave me error as

    Status: Error: Your PHP version does not support unzip functionality.
    Processing Time: 0.00078988075256348 seconds

  6. Fabio says:

    Hello there!

    After the sucssess message the zip file only had the directories e not the files.


  7. Phil Hambley says:

    Many thanks for sharing this. It really is a great little tool!

  8. Rahul H says:

    Great man, this script is amazing. Do you also have any script which can delete the huge number of files quickly?

  9. Carmine says:

    amazing, you’re my boss!
    it works perfectly

  10. nice sharing. i like this article

  11. Anton Thorn says:

    still works! 🙂 7/25/18

  12. I need to especially thank you for this because it saved my day, and rescued me from a big trouble I’ve bin facing which the ftp download are always corrupted due to the weakness of the server links. And my php knowledge was improved by them too. Thanks again. Wish you a Happy 2019!

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  14. I get pleasure from, result in I found just what I used to be taking a look for. You have ended my four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

  15. Stack Overflow for Teams is a private, secure spot for you and your coworkers to find and share information. I am always working with some big websites that is annoying to upload given the number of small files. I use Filezilla but am happy to buy some commercial solution if there is one out there that can zip the files before upload and then unzip it after upload.

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