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Using FileZilla – Filename filters

I often provide web support for our clients.  One of the first things I do for a new client is to pull down all of the files for the site and import them into Subversion.  Often I find directories littered with backup files and lazy man version control (files copied and renamed with the date changed).   I am only interested in pulling down the files used by the site. 

To avoid hand picking the files I found the “Filename filter” feature in FileZilla.  It allows you to specify a regular expression filter.   Then you can drag-and-drop the entire root folder structure and only download the files that you are interested.

Here is a sample filter for a basic site:


You can use the “Filter conditions” option to reverse the filter and pull down all the junk files if you want to archive them.