Hello Everyone,

I’m tried to access filezilla since two days, but I couldn’t.

Status:         Connection established, waiting for welcome message...
Response:   SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_7.6p1 Ubuntu-4ubuntu0.3
Error:          Cannot establish FTP connection to an SFTP server. Please select proper protocol.
Error:          Critical error: Could not connect to server

I’m getting this issue.

I changed PasswordAuthentication to (yes).
I restarted service ssh.

And followed a lot of instructions but nothing worked with me.

Any help please…

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2 answers

It seems that you try to connect your server through the FTP protocol. You could try to use SFTP.
How to connect to an SFTP server with FileZilla

Hello, @Dabbash999

As you can see from the error message it says you’re using the wrong protocol in order to connect:

Cannot establish FTP connection to an SFTP server. Please select proper protocol.

FTP is now allowed and you need to use SFTP in order to connect to your droplet. You can check this article and see how you can use Filezilla to Transfer and Manage Files Securely on your VPS


You can follow the listed steps in order to configure the settings in your FileZilla client and then you will be ready to go and transfer your files securely!

Hope this helps!

Let me know how it goes.


by Pablo Carranza
This article will teach you how to use Filezilla to transfer and manage files securely on your VPS.
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