How to Fix ECONNREFUSED – connection refused by server error in FileZilla?

There can be a few main reasons that cause ECONNREFUSED – Connection refused by a server in FileZilla FTP client. It’s possible that either your firewall or anti-virus software is preventing FileZilla from connecting to the server. If a disabling firewall or anti-virus software doesn’t help, you may need to change FileZilla Network Configuration settings. In this step by step guide, we will show how to configure FileZilla Network Configuration Wizard in order to resolve ECONNREFUSED – Connection refused by a server error. 


Note: You’ll need Filezilla client before you begin this guide.


How to Access Network Configuration Wizard in FileZilla Client?


You can access Network Configuration Manager in your Filezilla client, by pressing Edit and then select Network Configuration Wizard option. You will see a Firewall and router, configuration wizard. Click the Next button. 


How to Configure Transfer Mode? 


Select a transfer mode. We recommend choosing Passive as Default transfer mode. Then click on Allow fallback to another transfer mode on failure and press Next. 


How to Configure Passive Mode?


 Instead and press on Nextselect here is Use the server’s external IP address. 


How to Configure an External IP address?


As you move forward with this configuration, you should select Get an external IP address from the following URL: If the input field is blank, enter the next default value:


Press Next to proceed when you have done that. 


Configuring Port Range


Here any specific port range configuration is required, so select Ask operating system for a port and click Next to continue. 


Testing Configuration

Once you have provided FileZilla with all the necessary information you need to make sure that everything is configured correctly. Click on Test button and FileZilla will try to connect to in order to perform some simple tests.


If the test was successful and you have not received any error messages, try connecting to your hosting account. If you still get the ECONNREFUSED error, open a ticket to customer support service or contact us via LiveChat, for assistance.

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