Install Proftpd in CentOS 6: quick and easy guide

Proftpd is the world’s most popular FTP Server for linux. It allows you to connect to your linux server using a FTP client, in order to transfer files. This tutorial will show you how to install Proftpd in CentOS linux. It takes less than 5 minutes.

This tutorial assumes you:

  • Have a CentOS 6 linux installed.
  • Have full root access to the server.

This installation can be done by Copahost technical support on our managed dedicated servers.

Preparing the server to install proftpd

First of all, let’s install EPEL Release repository for CentOS.

Now let’s update the current modules of our server.

Now let’s install proftpd, by issuing the yum command:

Here’s a sample output of the installation:

install proftpd solved

Start Proftpd. Then, set it to start automatically on boot

These commands will start the service. Afterwards, we will configure it to start automatically at the boot time.

Disabling SELINUX

We recommend installing nano editor, in order to edit proftpd config file. You can also use vim editor if you prefer.

Now we need to disable SELINUX, because it may prevent linux users from logging in. We need to edit the /etc/sysconfig/selinux file.

You must find this line:

And replace with:

After finishing editing, press CTRL+X and then Y.  Then, press ENTER to save it. Afterwards, you will need to reboot your server so that this change takes effect.

Create a FTP user and password

Now you must create an user in linux, and define its password:

By creating the user test , its files will be stored in the foder/home/test

Now you can open your favourite FTP client, and test your FTP site server running.




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