If you are having an old PC and want to utilize it in the modern world. You can do it by simply setting it up as a server for keeping your files on it.
FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. It has been a standard method for transferring files between computers for decades.
Although security measures have been added, FTP is by nature an insecure method for transferring files. However, it can be useful when making files available to multiple users, or when working in a secure and private network.
To setup your follow our How to make your PC a FTP server ? guide below and set your own FTP server, which you can access over the internet.
You need to have
A PC / Laptop
A static public IP (connect with your ISP for this)
You need to download and install Cent OS 7 on your PC. For this you can read our guide on How to download and install CentOS 7 ?
Access to a user account with sudo privileges
The yum package manager, installed by default
A text editor of your choice
Without further a do, let’s get started with setting up the FTP server, on your CentOS 7 PC.
Install FTP Service with VSFTPD
Here we are using the VSFTPD ,which stands for Very Secure FTP Daemon software package. It’s a relatively easy software utility to use for creating an FTP server.
After logging in to the CentOS 7, in the console, start typing the commands as below:
To install the FTP services let’s first start with updating the server packages.
sudo yum update
It can take time to update the packages, sit back and let it complete.
Install VSFTPD software with the following command:
sudo yum install vsftpd
It can ask you for the permission to download and install the package. Simply type Y and hit Enter and let the process complete.
Start the VSFTPD services by hitting the following command
sudo systemctl start vsftpd
Setup auto-launch for the VSFTPD services when system reboots
sudo systemctl enable vsftpd
Once you are done with the above, you need to setup rules to use the FTP port number 21 in your firewall.
In above snippet, we are disabling the anonymous user access to secure our server access from unknown users, We are allowing only local user access We are allowing logged in users to upload files in the server Limiting FTP users to their own home directory.
The vsftpd utility provides a way to create an approved user list. To manage users this way, find the userlist_enable entry, then edit the file to look as follows:
You can now edit the /etc/vsftpd/user_list file, and add your list of users. (List one per line.) The userlist_deny option lets you specify users to be included; setting it to yes would change the list to users that are blocked.
Once you’re finished editing the configuration file, save your changes. Restart the vsftpd service to apply changes:
sudo systemctl restart vsftpd
Lets move forward and create our FTP User
Create a New FTP User
sudo adduser testuser
sudo passwd testuser123
The system may prompt you to enter and confirm a password for the new user.
Add the new user to the userlist:
echo “testuser” | sudo tee –a /etc/vsftpd/user_list
This creates a home/testuser directory for the new user, with a special directory for uploads. It sets permissions for uploads only to the /uploads directory.
Now, you can log in to your FTP server with the user you created: You can use ftp client software like FileZilla to access your server using your server public IP (must have ftp port forwarding to your server IP on your router) as the host name, your username, password and port number 21.
Now you know how to set up and install an FTP server on Centos 7 with VSFTPD. You should be able to login to your server via FTP and start transferring files.
If you still face issues setting up your FTP Server, or require services related to Server Setup, please get in touch with us here, our team will be happy to help you.