How to Install ProFTPD on CentOS 7

Reading Time: < 1 minuteFTP (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
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, is an example: ServerName “” 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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