FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is probably the most popular method of uploading files to a server; a wide array of FTP servers, such as ProFTPD, and clients exist for every platform.
- These instructions are intended specifically for installing the ProFTPD on CentOS 6.
- I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Core Managed CentOS 6.5 server, and I’ll be logged in as root.
Step 1: Add the EPEL Repository
ProFTPD is part of Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL), which is a community repository of non-standard packages for the RHEL distribution. First, we’ll install the EPEL repository:
rpm -iUvh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/x86_64/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm
Step 2: 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.
As a matter of best practice we’ll update our packages:
yum -y update
Then let’s install ProFTPD and any required packages:
yum -y install proftpd
Step 3: Configure ProFTPD
For 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:
Change the ServerName to the hostname of your server. In the case below, ftp.thebestfakedomainnameintheworld.com is an example:
Exit and save the file with the command :wq .
Restart the ProFTPD service:
service proftpd restart
Then set the ProFTPD service to start at boot:
chkconfig proftpd on