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As of client version 3.3.3, an example of this file can be found in /docs. Its contents are the following:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes" ?>

<!-- fzdefaults.xml documentation

  The file fzdefaults.xml is used to provide system-wide default settings for


    - Windows:

      Put the file fzdefaults.xml into the same directory as filezilla.exe

    - OS X:

      Modify the app bundle, put fzdefaults.xml into the
      Contents/SharedSupport/ subdirectory

    - Other:

      Put fzdefaults.xml into one of the following directories (in order of precedence):

      - ~/.filezilla
      - /etc/filezilla
      - share/filezilla subdirectory of the install prefix.

  Default site manager entries:

    Create some new Site Manager entries and export the list of sites. Rename
    the resulting XML file to fzdefaults.xml or copy the <Servers> block in it
    to fzdefaults.xml. See example below.

  Global configuration settings

    Location of settings directory:

      By default, FileZilla stores its settings in the user's home directory. If
      you want to change this location, modify the "Config Location" setting (see

      "Config Location" either accepts absolute paths or paths relative to the
      location of fzdefaults.xml
      You can also use environment variables by preceding them with the dollar
      sign, e.g. "$HOME/foo".
      Use $$ to denote a path containing dollar signs, e.g. "c:\$$foobar\" if
      settings should be located in "c:\$foobar".
      A single dot denotes the directory containing fzdefaults.xml

    Kiosk mode

      If the "Kiosk mode" setting is set to 1, FileZilla will not write any
      passwords to disk. If set to 2, FileZilla will not write to any
      configuration file. The latter is useful if FileZilla gets executed from
      read-only media.

    Disable update check

      If the "Disable update check" setting is set to 1, the capability to
      check for new FileZilla versions will be completely disabled.


      <Setting name="Config Location">$SOMEDIR/filezilla/</Setting>
      <Setting name="Kiosk mode">0</Setting>
      <Setting name="Disable update check">0</Setting>
            <RemoteDir></RemoteDir>Primary GNU download server