Sunday, October 23, 2011

FTP Server setup on Ubuntu.

          VSFTPD is a FTP deamon available in Ubuntu and it is easy to install, setup and maintain.

Steps :

1. Install vsftpd from Ubuntu repositories by typing the following command in a terminal Window.
sudo apt-get install vsftpd

2. During installation, user ftp will get generated with default ftp directory as "/home/ftp". If you like to change the same to another directory, then type,

"sudo usermod -d /srv/ftp ftp" 

where /srv/ftp is the new ftp directory and ftp stands for username.

3.You can restart the ftp server by typing the following command,

"/etc/init.d/vsftpd restart".

Configuration :

The default configuration file for vsftpd is /etc/vsftpd.conf. We can configure the vsftod ftp server by editing this file, as per our requirement.

1. To enable local users to login and upload files, edit the vsftpd.conf file as,
local_enable=YES
write_enable=YES
 2. To enable anonymous user to upload files, use
anon_upload_enable=YES 
3. To restrict users only to their home directory, use
chroot_local_user=YES
To include a list of users to be able to access their home directories, use
chroot_list_file=/etc/vsftpd.chroot_list
where vsftpd.chroot_list is a file includes list of users (one per line).

4. Restart vsftpd, /etc/init.d/vsftpd restart

Access :

Using a browser type "ftp://ip_address_of_server/". This will prompt for username and Password. On successful login, you can view files that are related to your user account.

Note : 
1. You can also view files remotely, under file-browser, like nautilus, etc.
2. The FTP server is not encrypted and is unsafe to use unless made secured by using  SSL (secure socket layer).



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