How to Install ProFTPD on CentOS 7

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.

Pre-Flight Check
  • These instructions are intended specifically for installing the ProFTPD on CentOS 7.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Self Managed CentOS 7 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/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-5.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:

vim /etc/proftpd.conf

Change the ServerName to the hostname of your server. In the case below, ftp.thebestfakedomainnameintheworld.com is an example:

ServerName “ftp.thebestfakedomainnameintheworld.com”

Exit and save the file with the command :wq .

Restart the ProFTPD service:

systemctl restart proftpd

Then set the ProFTPD service to start at boot:

systemctl enable proftpd

And verify your work by checking the status of ProFTPD:

systemctl status proftpd

Step 4: Allow ProFTPD Through the Firewall

Allow the default FTP port, port 21, through firewalld:

firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=21/tcp

And reload the firewall:

firewall-cmd --reload

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