How to disable FileZilla update nag screen?

I use FileZilla a lot and I start it like ten times a day or even more. Every time it starts I get that screen that asks me to update FileZilla to latest version, but since I’m using portable version of it it’s almost impossible to do so since portable versions are often delayed etc. The same nag screen is there with the non-portable version of FileZilla and sometimes you simply don’t want to upgrade.

Disabling updates in settings simply doesn’t work and will remind you that there is an update even if this is disabled every time you start it.


To solve the problem first make sure that FileZilla is closed. Then locate it’s config file at:
..\appdata\roaming\filezilla\filezilla.xml or for portable version located at: ..\data\settings\filezilla.xml.

Open that file for editing (use some advanced editor like Notepad++ or Sublime) locate the line with value starting with: <Setting name=”Update Check New Version”>
and delete that entire line.


Save the changes. And that’s it. Now you can use your FileZilla (or FileZilla Portable) without that update nag screen and you can choose whether you want to update it and when.

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  1. tyvm this was useful.

  2. Great! that’s very usefull. thanks!

  3. Worked for me, thanks!

  4. Thank you!!!

  5. Thanks, FileZilla can really be stubborn sometimes.

    I don’t want to update something than works and has no obvious security issue

  6. Downgrade to an old version like 2.2.32. You’ll be amazed how fast and nice it is compared to more recent versions which nag you to upgrade, impose SSL and pop up the annoying downloads finished balloon. Also the latest version doesn’t do anything when I try to connect. It seems to have corrupted something. Whereas 2.2.32 works flawlessly. I’ll never upgrade again. A classic case of good software gone bad.

  7. Deleting that config line didn’t work for me in FZ 3.46.3. Author must’ve implemented countermeasures to make it hearder to disable the stupid nag.

  8. Didn’t work, got error msg
    the file ‘C:\Users\[name]\AppData\Roaming\FileZilla\filezilla.xml’ could not be loaded.
    Start-end tags mismatch at offset 7027.

    For this session the default settings will be used. Any changes to the settings will not be saved.

    Using 3.52.2 & was sick of seeing the “A new version of Filezilla is available” nag every time I opened it. Oh well, worth a try… will look for 2.2.32 per above suggestion (thanks for that! :). I prefer FZ portable. Thank you anyway

  9. hi everyone, I know this is old, but I haven’t found/googled any useful information about this. For the latest version filezilla-3.55.1, I have read its source and found out its new logical.

    First, if you disable update when compiling with FZ_AUTOUPDATECHECK=0, it will disable update check completely.

    Second, if you disable update through update OPTION (set as never or 0), it will STILL popup update notification after 6*30 days no matter what. It calculate the difference of current system date and its build date, and cannot easily bypass.

    Last, if you enable update OPTION, it will consider the update interval setting, and it won’t check or popup updates within the interval days. So this is the only why to bypass the update check.

    modify the three settings in filezilla.xml to disable update for 100 years! :

  10. 1

  11. the xml syntax won’t show, you need edit filezilla.xml three lines:

    “Update Check” => 1
    “Update Check Interval” => 36500
    “Last automatic update check” => 2021-01-01 00:00:00

  12. Deleting that line, doesn’t stop “forced updates” at all.

    Nor does:
    Changing *ALL* references in *.xml to “don’t check” and it still checks.

    Disable updates
    Check for updates
    Last update checked date
    Update frequency
    Current version
    Version to check for
    and on and on.

    Still checks for updates anyway. Filezilla definitely wants you do run the “install bloatware” version of their “better” software. I hope you like unwanted browsers and random antivirus programs installed on your machine… because that will happen with Filezilla.

  13. %APPDATA%\filezilla\filezilla.xml

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