Setup a FTP server on ubuntu under 1 minute

Want to create a FTP server on your raspberry pi or really any other linux server? Head to your terminal and type:

~/$ sudo apt-get install -y proftpd
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading state information... Done

You’re done. Don’t believe me, head to your terminal:

~/$ ftp
Connected to
220 ProFTPD Server (Debian) [::ffff:]
Name (
331 Password required for mickael
230 User mickael logged in
Remote system type is UNIX.
Using binary mode to transfer files.
ftp> ls
200 PORT command successful
150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for file list
drwxr-xr-x 2 mickael mickael 4096 Jul 3 02:56 Desktop
drwxr-xr-x 7 mickael mickael 4096 Aug 4 13:22 Documents
drwxr-xr-x 13 mickael mickael 12288 Aug 6 15:20 Downloads
226 Transfer complete
ftp> quit
221 Goodbye.

Optional step: enable FTPS for better security

If you’re gonna expose the server over the internet, you should definitly enabled FTPS. To do this:

~/$ sudo openssl req -x509 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout /etc/ssl/private/proftpd.key -out /etc/ssl/certs/proftpd.crt -nodes -days 365
Generating a RSA private key
writing new private key to '/etc/ssl/private/proftpd.key'
You are about to be asked to enter information that will be incorporated
into your certificate request.
What you are about to enter is what is called a Distinguished Name or a DN.
There are quite a few fields but you can leave some blank
For some fields there will be a default value,
If you enter '.', the field will be left blank.
Country Name (2 letter code) [AU]:
State or Province Name (full name) [Some-State]:
Locality Name (eg, city) []:
Organization Name (eg, company) [Internet Widgits Pty Ltd]:
Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) []:
Common Name (e.g. server FQDN or YOUR name) []:
Email Address []:
~/$ sudo sed -i 's|#Include /etc/proftpd/tls.conf|Include /etc/proftpd/tls.conf|g' /etc/proftpd/proftpd.conf
~/$ cat > /etc/proftpd/tls.conf <<EOF
<IfModule mod_tls.c>
  TLSEngine on
  TLSLog /var/log/proftpd/tls.log
  TLSRSACertificateKeyFile /etc/ssl/private/proftpd.key
  TLSRSACertificateFile /etc/ssl/certs/proftpd.crt
  TLSVerifyClient off
  TLSRenegotiate none
  TLSOptions NoSessionReuseRequired
~/$ sudo systemctl restart proftpd

proftpd is highly configurable, check their doc if you want to go further.