PureFTPd is an easy to use, but powerful opensource FTP service. The GUI PureFTPd Manager provides setting a FTP server a snap. It's much better than the lame ftp service Apple includes in MacOS X client or server (including 10.5.x). You can also combine this with Webmin and the PureFTPd plugin for Webmin and administrate the FTP site that way as well.
THANK YOU!!!! The only other product that would fit the bill was RUMPUS. Talk about over priced.. OUCH.
This is a great product so if you DL, make a donation to the author please.
I downloaded version 1.6.3 today -- I'm on a Mac (version 10.4.9). I'm having trouble with the user passwords. When I add a new user and set a password, then close the User Manager, the password always defaults back to a different 13-character password. (I can't tell what it is because it's all dots.) Even when I try to reset it, it defaults again. Can anyone help? Thanks!
I have to qualify everything here by saying that I'm new to FTP. I spent one entire day messing around with it on my LAN trying to get it to work, with only partial success. Part of the problem is my ignorance about what I'm doing, and the rest of it is PureFTPd Manager's lack of clear and thorough documentation of its ample features.
Yes, ample features. I've learned enough about FTP to know that PureFTPd Manager is a godsend to anyone who doesn't want to mess around with command line stuff to configure Apple's built-in FTP server. If you know what you're doing, I suspect that PureFTPd Manager is a great solution.
My problem is that I don't know what I'm doing (yet). PureFTPd Manager enabled me to set up and configure an FTP server, create virtual users, and successfully connect to the FTP server from another Mac on my LAN as a virtual user, but I could not view the target directory. PureFTPd Manager's server log confirmed that I had successfully connected as the virtual user, but in each case the FTP client could not fetch the directory list. I tried it with numerous FTP clients, all with the same result. The client shows that it's trying to list the "/" directory, not the actual "/Users/ftp/VirtualUsers/virtual user directory I've specified. As far as I can tell, the FTP server seems to be trying to get the FTP client to load a root user directory that doesn't exist.
The problem appears to be related to the PASV mode, which is automatically invoked because I'm using Panther's built-in software firewall on the FTP server host. I've checked several user forums for various FTP client apps, and the failure to list the target directory appears to be a fairly common problem. So far, I haven't found any solutions. I'm convinced that the solution lies in the way the FTP server host is configured.
Anyhow, the point here is that PureFTPd Manager provides no documentation that mentions this problem or explains how to correct it. It also provides little information about many of its other features, like the User ID and Group ID name and ID number options, nor does the documentation provide any explanation or examples of the kinds of entries needed to complete the textbox entries in the Transfers tab of the User Manager.
PureFTPd Manager's interface is nice, and considering the bewildering (to a newbie) array of features it provides, the developer has done a magnificent job of taking the control of Mac OS X's native FTP server functionality into an intelligible GUI format. For someone who already is knowledgeable (at least, more so than I am) with FTP, you probably can't find better freeware.
To be fair, I have not tried contacting the developer, so I can't comment on his responsiveness. I'm giving PureFTPd Manager an overall rating of 4 because I think it's a good start, and based on the other comments I've read about it here and elsewhere, it's a great application for people who already know what they're doing.
As someone said, not too intuitive, but there are no options.
For every upgrade, one still has to go through the setup assistant - silly. (And the values in the assistant are not taken from my present configuration, so the assistant bugs me that it is not properly configured, and until I realized that 'skip configure' wouldn't scratch my already working server I couldn't get out of the assistant and into the program. Strange strange strange). And even worse, the options in dialogs et cetera are way too odd and sometimes even difficult to understand. A checkbox to skip something which changes name when it is checked to use the same feature, and no matter the state of the checkbox, all other options in the area are enabled even though they will all be of no interest of the feature of choice is disabled. There is no real documentation or even help text. It is too easy to open up huge parts of the computer to anyone or anyone that figures out a username, and so on.
This tool is based upon a good idea, and there is for sure a need for a program like this. There has been comments complaining about these things for a long time and it really can't take much effort to make it so much better, but still not much has happened.
If you know what you're doing and if you are willing to spend some time to test and configure your system to make it all work, I'd recommend PFTdM, if not just let it pass.
Didn't work for me, because no directories or files showed up!
After uninstalling pureftp, OS X's ftp-server didn't work anymore :(
Any suggestions how to restore my previous settings?
Not terribly intuitive, but it's the best out there.
I've been using this for some time now (ideal in combo with DynDNS) but I can't seem to get FXP working...
now startup un boot!!!
pureftpd dont start at boot for me!!
on my imac g5.
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