PureFTPd Manager
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PureFTPd Manager is a Cocoa frontend to PureFTPd, "a free (BSD), secure, production-quality and standard-conformant FTP server based upon Troll-FTPd", for Mac OS X.
What's New
Version 1.8:
  • Now compatible with Mac OS X 10.6
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.2 or later

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ver. 1.x:
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Teg Bains reviewed on 21 Dec 2007
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.
[Version 1.7]



Web-Jive reviewed on 19 Dec 2007
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.
[Version 1.7]



fizzicist reviewed on 07 Apr 2007
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.
[Version 1.6.3]


Anonymous reviewed on 07 Sep 2005
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.
[Version 1.5]


Anonymous reviewed on 24 Jul 2005
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?
[Version 1.4.7]


Anonymous reviewed on 17 Jul 2005
Not terribly intuitive, but it's the best out there.
[Version 1.4.7]


Maceddy commented on 07 Jul 2005

I've been using this for some time now (ideal in combo with DynDNS) but I can't seem to get FXP working...

Any idea?
[Version 1.4.7]


Anonymous reviewed on 14 Jun 2005
now startup un boot!!!
TNX..... huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!
[Version 1.4.6]


Anonymous reviewed on 11 Jun 2005
pureftpd dont start at boot for me!!
on my imac g5.
[Version 1.4.5]


Anonymous reviewed on 10 Jun 2005
This is a really useful piece of software, but it could have been even better done - much better.

It is the only app I've seen that doesn't use the global interface system settings - why? As said before, one can not move the file out of the Application-folder. And there are horrible design glitches, like the option to restrict a user's access by time.. when is it enabled and when is it not?

Why do one need to go through the setup assistant for every upgrade? The dialog that asks for an admin-password doesn't say anything about PureFTPd Manager - I get it nevertheless, but every other app that needs to be admin does that just fine. The authentication-settings could really be made more intuitive, and one really should be told that with the default setup, every user account on the computer can be logged in to, even though there are no such users created in PureFTPd Manager.

I really appreciate the work that Mr Matthieu has put into this, and it would probably not require much more time to make it so perfect that it can be.
[Version 1.4.5]

Ember had trouble on 03 May 2007
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!
[Version 1.6.3]


blueOne had trouble on 06 Jun 2005
Getting these two errors using the Setup Assistant. Previously uninstalled PureFTP, and now trying to reinstall.

Anonymous account already present
Anonymous account setup will be skipped

Virtual User system misconfigured
One or more of your settings is already defined and doesn't match with your system setup.

Also Jean, your email is not working

Email me at ninjaroll@gmail.com
[Version 1.4.4]

Grackleflint rated on 07 Jun 2012

[Version 1.8]

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Date:26 Oct 2009
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PureFTPd Manager is a Cocoa frontend to PureFTPd, "a free (BSD), secure, production-quality and standard-conformant FTP server based upon Troll-FTPd", for Mac OS X.

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