Is there a way to hide files in a FTP folder?

Posted on 2011-02-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I'm running Filezilla Server on my Windows Server 2008.  We have an FTP folder with a single user login that we gave to a dozen or so users to upload their content.  Is there a way have them not see any files in the folder?  Ideally, they would just see their own, but their using the same username/password as everyone else, so it'd have to be by FTP or something.

I have set up individual folders for each user, to prevent them from seeing others, but that eats up tons of time. Please advise.
Question by:JT_SIRO
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions

Assisted Solution

treetop3 earned 83 total points
ID: 34909409
Because they are using the same dir and user the system will act as if it is just the one user and will allow read-write to all files as all files are uploaded by that user.

Assisted Solution

sharkbot221984 earned 83 total points
ID: 34909423
Realistically you should give each user their own username/password if you're that concerned about it.

However, if they are only uploading their content, then remove all read/list directories permissions from the user account.  Then when they log in they will see nothing at all.  They can upload their content, and on the back end you will be able to grab the relevant content - assuming you can discern to whom the content belongs.
LVL 16

Accepted Solution

AlexPace earned 84 total points
ID: 34910487
When you set up it up as a write-only drop box require the users to follow a file naming conventions so they don't overwrite each other's files.
Backup Solution for AWS

Read about how CloudBerry Backup fully integrates your backups with Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier to provide military-grade encryption and dramatically cut storage costs on any platform.


Author Comment

ID: 34912818
Yea, we have our small user group add their initials to their file names to delineate. Sharkbot - I tried unchecking everything except "Write" in Filezilla Server, but you could still see the files in there.  I've just been removing the files periodically.  Please let me know if I'm missing something, but Filezilla may not have that config option.  thx

Expert Comment

ID: 34913544
Personally I've not used FileZilla server, FileZilla client is my preferred client, but I highly doubt that FileZilla client would function any different for FTP.  I've done this same thing with IIS6 FTP and ServeU FTP server.

Just to clarify - remove all but 'write only' from the account you are telling your users/clients to upload with.  And the "admin" account you are using to check the upload folder - that you should a) not distribute, and b) this account should see all files.  The account you use to remove files needs to be able to see the files - not the account that users are using to upload with, if these are the same account you MUST separate them!

Expert Comment

ID: 34913552
*but I highly doubt that FileZilla server would function any different for FTP

Author Comment

ID: 34919323
Yea, Filezilla Server is great.  I recommend it.  But I couldn't get it to not show files.  Check out the screen shot below.  When I set it like this, I can't login from my FTP client - "I get a Failed to retrieve directory listing" error.  So I switched it back to have it list all files.  

Expert Comment

ID: 34927899
Well, I think you could just add 'List' for directories.  That would allow that user account to see the subfolders listed, but still not view the files in there.

You've created subfolders for your clients, which would now be unneeded as a) they can't see it and b) you should move the uploaded files from there anyways.

So if there are no subfolders to list, then they will still not see anything in that directory.

I'd try it with a test account/directory with no subfolders to see if you get the directory listing error.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 35002938
No solution with Filezilla server

Featured Post

Industry Leaders: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Change local account password via GPO? 34 72
How to change subnet mask for Fortigate WAN interface 2 40
AD Design Best Practices 6 39
WDS can't PXE boot 3 39
The recent Microsoft changes on update philosophy for Windows pre-10 and their impact on existing WSUS implementations.
As tax season makes its return, so does the increase in cyber crime and tax refund phishing that comes with it
Viewers will learn how to connect to a wireless network using the network security key. They will also learn how to access the IP address and DNS server for connections that must be done manually. After setting up a router, find the network security…
Here's a very brief overview of the methods PRTG Network Monitor ( offers for monitoring bandwidth, to help you decide which methods you´d like to investigate in more detail.  The methods are covered in more detail in o…

696 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question