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 Fedora 20.
- I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Self Managed Fedora 20 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.
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 2: 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 .
Start the ProFTPD service:
systemctl start 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 3: 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: