- These instructions are intended specifically for installing the ProFTPD on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
- I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Core Managed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS server, and I’ll be logged in as root.
Step 1: Install ProFTPD
Warning: FTP data is insecure; traffic is not encrypted, and all transmissions are clear text (including usernames, passwords, commands, and data). Consider securing your FTP connection with SSL/TLS.First, you’ll follow a simple best practice: ensuring the list of available packages is up to date before installing anything new.
apt-get updateThen let’s install ProFTPD and any required packages:
apt-get -y install proftpdDuring the install process you’ll be prompted with the following screen: Select standalone and then Ok to finish the installation.
Step 2: Configure ProFTPDFor a refresher on editing files with vim see: New User Tutorial: Overview of the Vim Text Editor Let’s edit the configuration file for ProFTPD:
vim /etc/proftpd/proftpd.confChange the ServerName to the hostname of your server. In the case below, ftp.thebestfakedomainnameintheworld.com is an example: ServerName “ftp.thebestfakedomainnameintheworld.com” To limit users to their home directory uncomment the line that says DefaultRoot: # Use this to jail all users in their homes DefaultRoot ~ Exit and save the file with the command :wq . Restart the ProFTPD service:
service proftpd restartThen set the ProFTPD service to start at boot:
update-rc.d proftpd defaults