Upload music with FileZilla FTP

Free FTP software

If you plan to use the free Auto Dj software with your account you will need a way to upload those tracks to your account. As always the ReliaStream team searches the web for free or low cost software that is reliable. We have used FileZilla for years with excellent results. You are more then welcome to use another ftp program but for our guide we will use FileZilla.

 with excellent results. You are more then welcome to use another ftp program but for our guide we will use FileZilla.


FileZilla Client Tutorial (english)

Welcome to the FileZilla Client tutorial. In this tutorial, you will learn how to

  • connect to an FTP server,
  • download and upload files,
  • use the site manager.

If you already know how to use an FTP client, you may want to read the more advanced usage instructions instead. We assume that you already installed and started FileZilla Client (installation instructions).

Connecting to a server

The first thing to do is connect to a server. These are some of our hostnames - please use your own data instead if you want to actively follow the tutorial.

Centova Hostnames: reliastream.com, server2.reliastream.com, s3.reliastream.com, s4.reliastream.com, server6.reliastream.com, server8.reliastream.com, server9.reliastream.com, eu1.reliastream.com

Centova V3 Hostnames:

WHMSonic Hostname:

Username: my_account_name
Password: your_password_here (Example: 7PjU#.J3)

Port: Leave this blank

We will use the quick connect bar for establishing the connection:

Quickly connect to your account

Enter the hostname into the quick connect bar's Host: field, the username into the Username: field as well as the password into the Password: field. Leave the Port: field empty!! Now click on Quickconnect.

Note: If your login information specifies a protocol like SFTP or FTPS, enter the hostname as follows: sftp://hostname or ftps://hostname respectively.

FileZilla will now try to connect to the server. If all works well, you will notice that the right "column" switched from Not connected to any server to displaying a list of files and directories.

Navigating and window layout

FileZilla Preview Screen

Legend: 1. Toolbar, 2. Quickconnect bar, 3. Message log, 4. Local pane, 5. Remote pane, 6. Transfer queue.
The next step is to get familiar with FileZilla's window layout.


Here is a quick introduction: Above the toolbar (1) and quickconnect bar (2), the message log (3) displays transfer and connection related messages. Below, you can find the file listings. The left column (local pane, 4) displays the local files and directories, i.e. the stuff on the PC you're using FileZilla on. The right column (server pane, 5) displays the files and directories on the server you are connected to. Both columns have got a directory tree at the top and a detailed listing of the currently selected directory's contents at the bottom. You can easily navigate either of the trees and lists by clicking around like in any other file manager. At the bottom of the window, the transfer queue (6) lists the to-be-transferred and already transferred files.


First - in the local pane - bring the directory into view which contains data to be uploaded (e.g. index.html and images/). Now, navigate to the desired target directory on the server (using the server pane's file listings). To upload the data, select the respective files/directories and drag them from the local to the remote pane. You will notice that the files will be added to the transfer queue at the bottom of the window and soon thereafter get removed again - since they were (hopefully, if nothing went wrong) just uploaded to the server. The uploaded files and directories should now be displayed in the server content listing at the right side of the window.

FileZilla Upload Screen

Enlarge Screen

The screen above shows an example when you are looged into your radio account. The left side is the source of your files (sitting on your computer). Select the file where your media is located on your pc. In our example our music is sitting on our G drive under Radio Music/Country. When logged into your radio account you will see several files (in the Remote Site section). You only want to upload your media to the media folder. To upload your files to the media folder simply highlight the desired tracks, right click over those files, and choose upload. You can also drag and drop the files to the media folder. Important Note: Once your media is uploaded you will want to go back into your radio account, click on media library, and press update media library at the bottom of the screen. Anytime you upload new media you will want to do this. It is basically a refresh and will update your tracks. If you do not do this you will not see your new/ added media. Added Note (advanced): If you enable filtering and upload a complete directory, only the not-filtered-out files and directories inside this directory will be transferred.


Downloading files, or complete directories, works essentially the same as uploading - you just drag the files/directories from the remote pane to the local pane this time, instead of the other way round.

Note: In case you (accidentally) try to overwrite a file during up- or download, FileZilla will by default display a dialog asking what to do (overwrite, rename, skip, ...).

Using the site manager

Now that you are confident in transferring files (if not, practice a little bit), you might want to add the server information to the site manager to make it easy to reconnect to this server. To do this, select Copy current connection to Site Manager... in the File menu. The site manager will be opened and a new entry will be created with all the important information already filled in. You will notice that the entry's name is selected and highlighted - you can enter some descriptive name so you will later on find your server again (enter something like domain.com FTP server for example - you can rename it later if you wish). Now close the dialog by clicking on OK. The next time you want to connect to this server, you can simply select it in the site manager and click Connect.


You should now be able to use the basic FileZilla features.

One final remark: Most tasks can be completed in several ways. The ways chosen for this tutorial are the most clear ones - if you invest a bit of time and just look around or read some of the advanced documentation, you will find much quicker ways to achieve what you want (there are toolbar buttons for often-used commands for example; some also react on right-clicking them).

If you feel reasonably confident by now, it might be worth to also read the advanced usage instructions to learn about additional features not shown in this tutorial.

Further information

  • Documentation: Documentation for the most important topics
  • Site manager: Details about how to set up your sites in FileZilla
  • FileZilla Site: Advanced documentation, downloads, multi language options, more
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