How to Install Pure-FTPd on Ubuntu 18.04


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How to Install Pure-FTPd on Ubuntu 18.04

Pure-FTPd is a secure and lightweight FTP server software that allows you to transfer files between your local system and a remote server. It is known for its simplicity and security features, including support for TLS/SSL encryption.

To install Pure-FTPd on Ubuntu 18.04, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Update System Packages

Before installing any software, it's good to update the system packages to their latest versions. Open a terminal and run the following command:

$ sudo apt update $ sudo apt upgrade

Step 2: Install Pure-FTPd

To install Pure-FTPd, run the following command in the terminal:

$ sudo apt install pure-ftpd

Step 3: Configure Pure-FTPd

After the installation is complete, you need to create a new system user specifically for FTP access. Run the following command to create a new user, replacing "ftpuser" with the desired username:

$ sudo adduser ftpuser

To enable virtual users instead of system users, you will need to configure Pure-FTPd accordingly. Open the Pure-FTPd configuration file using a text editor:

$ sudo nano /etc/pure-ftpd/conf/UnixAuthentication

Change the line that says "yes" to "no" to disable Unix authentication:


Save and close the file.

Next, open the configuration file for virtual users:

$ sudo nano /etc/pure-ftpd/conf/VirtualChroot

Change the line that says "no" to "yes" to enable virtual chroot:


Save and close the file.

Step 4: Start and Enable Pure-FTPd

Now that Pure-FTPd is installed and configured, you can start the service using the following command:

$ sudo systemctl start pure-ftpd

To ensure that Pure-FTPd starts automatically at system boot, enable the service:

$ sudo systemctl enable pure-ftpd

You have successfully installed and configured Pure-FTPd on Ubuntu 18.04.

Step 5: Using Pure-FTPd

To connect to your FTP server, use an FTP client on your local machine. Enter the server's IP address, port (default is 21), username, and password. If you enabled TLS/SSL, make sure to select the appropriate encryption option.

You can configure Pure-FTPd further by editing the various configuration files located in the /etc/pure-ftpd/conf/ directory. For additional security, you may want to consider enabling TLS/SSL encryption and configuring firewall rules to restrict access to the FTP server.

That's it! You can now start using Pure-FTPd to securely transfer files to and from your Ubuntu 18.04 server.

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