FlashFXP is an FTP/SFTP client that allows you to upload and download files from remote servers. The client can be run as a Windows Service using FireDaemon Pro, which allows you to have the application start automatically at boot prior to login, start multiple instances of the application and more. This HOWTO will show you how to set it up. You can also use Fusion to manage FireDaemon and other Windows services via a web browser.

FlashFXP Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

Download the latest FlashFXP files from the official website.

Install the FlashFXP application. By default it installs to C:\Program Files (x86)\FlashFXP #, where # is the version number.

Run the application at least once to change any settings and set up your sites.

Download and install FireDaemon Pro into the directory of your choice, typically C:\Program Files\FireDaemon.

Next start the FireDaemon GUI from the desktop shortcut. Click on the "Create a new service definition" button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl+N) and enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust the paths to suit your installation. Note the required parameters.

  • Executable: The path to your FlashFXP.exe file. For the purposes of this HOWTO, the path is C:\Program Files (x86)\FlashFXP 4\FlashFXP.exe.
  • Working Directory: The directory containing your FlashFXP.exe file. For the purposes of this HOWTO, the path is C:\Program Files (x86)\FlashFXP 4\FlashFXP.exe

Here’s the full parameter list you should have:
Site Name

  • Site Name Is whatever you named your FTP site in the Site Manager. The name doesn't need to be enclosed in quotes. If it's in a sub-folder, then you need to include it in the name. For example: Work Websites\ABC 123
  • There are many command line switches for things like uploading, downloading or queuing transfers of files. To see the complete list, go here.

Now click on the Settings tab. If you DON'T want to see FlashFXP running, uncheck the Interact with Desktop check box & select "Hidden" from the "Show Window" dropdown. You must run FlashFXP as the user you installed it as. In the Logon Account field type your username (e.g. Administrator) and then enter the user's password twice in the Password and Confirm fields. You can change the Process Priority to allocate more CPU time to FlashFXP or specify which CPU or core FlashFXP will run on (in the case of multi-processor, hyperthreaded or multi-core CPUs).

Now click on the Lifecycle tab. Uncheck Graceful Shutdown as it can slow the shutdown of FlashFXP.

Now click on the Install button to install and start FlashFXP!