Pure-FTPD + pureadmin (Ftp server with gui)

Install ''Pure-FTPD'' with GUI

  1. Install the pure-ftpd package and the pureadmin package from the Universe Repository.

  2. Then use your favorite text editor and open up the /etc/inetd.conf file. Comment (add a # at the start of) the line containing 'ftp'

  3. Again use your favorite text editor and open up the /etc/default/pure-ftpd-common file. Change STANDALONE_OR_INETD=inetd to STANDALONE_OR_INETD=standalone

  4. Then

    sudo groupadd ftpgroup


    sudo useradd -g ftpgroup -d /dev/null -s /etc ftpuser
    in the terminal.
  5. Next create your ftpuser directory

    sudo mkdir /home/ftpusers
  6. Then to create a user directory for joe

    sudo mkdir /home/ftpusers/joe
    (you can create a directory for each ftp user)
  7. Then to add user joe

    sudo pure-pw useradd joe -u ftpuser -d /home/ftpusers/joe
  8. Then to create you user database

    sudo pure-pw mkdb
  9. Then

    sudo ln -s /etc/pure-ftpd/pureftpd.passwd /etc/pureftpd.passwd


    sudo ln -s /etc/pure-ftpd/pureftpd.pdb /etc/pureftpd.pdb


    sudo ln -s /etc/pure-ftpd/conf/PureDB /etc/pure-ftpd/auth/PureDB
    which will create symbolic links between the respective files.
  10. Then using your favorite text editor create the file /etc/pure-ftpd/conf/UnixAuthentication containing only the string no without quotes.

  11. Next you need to modify the permissions of /home/ftpusers directory and of any other subdirectories. The owner must be ftpuser while Group must be ftpgroup

  12. After doing that open up pureadmin in the terminal.

    gksudo pureadmin
    and stop firestarter if it is installed.


  • The user joe is used as an example, you can change user joe and/or add or remove other users through pureadmin.

You may need to restart PureFTPD before changes take effect.

sudo /etc/init.d/pure-ftpd restart


You may be given one of these warnings when trying to connect to your server:

 [WARNING] Can't login as [joe]: account disabled

 "Sorry, but I can't trust you" 

These two warnings occur if your system set the UserID (UID) and/or GroupID (GID) associated with the ftpuser user below 1000. To see what the current values are, type the following at a shell:

  • id ftpuser
    You'll be given something similar to the following:
    uid=572(ftpuser) gid=972(ftpgroup) groups=972(ftpgroup)

    The actual numbers don't matter much, but they should be higher then 1000 for Pure-FTPD to be happy.
    To fix the UserID (UID) portion, open a shell and type:

    sudo usermod -u 1021 -p -U ftpuser
    To fix the GroupID (GID):
    sudo groupmod -g 1022 ftpgroup

Restart the Pure-FTPD daemon and you should be up and running.

Original Ubuntu Forums thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=91052

Launch Pad Question: https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pure-ftpd/+question/99048

PureFTP (last edited 2010-01-29 07:38:01 by ahodges)