How to Install and Configure ProFTPD on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Step 1: Install ProFTPD

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First, you’ll follow a simple best practice: ensuring the list of available packages is up to date before installing anything new.

apt-get update

Then let’s install ProFTPD and any required packages:

apt-get -y install proftpd

During the install process you’ll be prompted with the following screen:

How to Install ProFTPD on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Select standalone and then Ok to finish the installation.

Step 2: Configure ProFTPD

Let’s edit the configuration file for ProFTPD:

vim /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf

Change the ServerName to the hostname of your server. In the case below, is an example:

ServerName “”

To limit users to their home directory uncomment the line that says DefaultRoot:

# Use this to jail all users in their homes
DefaultRoot ~

Exit and save the file with the command :wq .

Restart the ProFTPD service:

service proftpd restart

Then set the ProFTPD service to start at boot:

update-rc.d proftpd defaults

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