How To Install Pure-FTPd on CentOS

Install Pure-FTPd on CentOS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Pure-FTPd on your CentOS. For those of you who didn’t know, Pure-FTPd is a free (BSD), secure, production-quality, and standard-conformant FTP server. It doesn’t provide useless bells and whistles but focuses on efficiency and ease of use. It provides simple answers to common needs, plus unique useful features for personal users as well as hosting providers.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation Pure-FTPd on the CentOS system. You can follow the same instructions for AlmaLinux and Rocky Linux.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS or RHEL-based.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Pure-FTPd on CentOS/AlmaLinux/Rocky Linux

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo yum update
sudo yum install epel-release

Step 2. Installing Pure-FTPd on CentOS

Now we run the following command below to install it:

sudo yum install pure-ftpd -y

Step 3. Configuring Pure-FTPd server.

Type the following command to edit the Pure-FTPd configuration file:

nano /etc/pure-ftpd/pure-ftpd.conf

Make sure you have these options:

# If you want simple Unix (/etc/passwd) authentication, uncomment this
UnixAuthentication            yes
ChrootEveryone yes
NoAnonymous yes
# PureDB user database (see README.Virtual-Users)
PureDB /etc/pure-ftpd/pureftpd.pdb
# Automatically create home directories if they are missing
CreateHomeDir yes

Finally, save the Pure-FTPD user database.

pure-pw mkdb

Add a virtual user.

pure-pw useradd ftpuser -u user -g group -d /var/www/your-domain.com/public_html

 Then, start the service and enable the service to start on boot:

sudo systemctl enable pure-ftpd
sudo systemctl start pure-ftpd

Step 4. Configure Firewall.

If you are using firewalld, simply run the following command to enable port 21 (FTP) and Port 22 (SFTP) for Pure-FTPd:

sudo firewall-cmd --zone=public --permanent --add-service=ftp

Congratulations! You have successfully installed the FTP server. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Pure-FTPd secure FTP server on the CentOS system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Pure-FTPd website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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