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How to Create FTP Server with ProFTPD in Linux/Ubuntu

In this tutorials i will discuss how to create an FTP server with ProFTP in Linux/Ubuntu Server/Destkop, What is ProFTPD.

ProFTPD is a proven, high-performance, scalable FTP server written from scratch, with a focus toward simplicity, security, and ease of configuration. Naturally, ProFTPD powers some of the largest sites on the Internet. It features a very Apache-like configuration syntax, modules, and a highly customizable server infrastructure, including support for multiple ‘virtual’ FTP servers, anonymous FTP, and permission-based directory visibility.

ProFTPD has been configured and designed to be more secure than WU-FTPD. ProFTPD was rewritten from scratch to provide greater security. The security features that it provides are:

  • directory access using .ftpaccess files
  • anonymous FTP root directory
  • support for hidden files
  • self-contained
  • uses an unprivileged user in stand-alone mode

To Install FTP Server with Prottpd in Ubuntu Server or Desktop. 1. Install proftpd (Secure way,Open terminal (ctrl+alt+t)with this command :

2. Add this line in /etc/shellsfile

to open the file

Create a /home/FTP-shared directory

Create a /home/FTP-shared directory :

Create a user named userftp which will be used only for ftp access.

Example: useradd pr3p -p handsome -d /home/FTP-shared -s /bin/false In FTP-shared directory create a download and an upload directory :

Set the good permissions for these directories :

Edit proftpd configuration file :

After editing the proftpd configuration file, Save and exit. Server is on port 1980 (in this exemple) and the access parameters are user : pr3p password : the one you’ve set for userftp 3. To start/stop/restart your server :

4. To perform a syntax check of your proftpd.conf file :

5. After installation you may now try to access your ftp server with your FTP client: I’m using filezilla for ftp client. For more info visit the official site: Ubuntu forum and

I started blogging around 2011 at #Ubuntupirates, #ProjectX and #pir8geek, I’m currently working as Network/Linux SysAdmin.

I’m a Linux,opensource advocate and interested in network security and InfoSec.

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