Setting up FileZilla Server on CentOS 8

Setting up FileZilla Server on CentOS 8

FileZilla Server is a powerful and popular FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server that allows seamless file transfer between a server and client machines. Setting up FileZilla Server on CentOS 8 is a straightforward process, and this guide will walk you through each step to ensure a successful installation.

Before we dive into the installation process, make sure you have the following:

  1. A CentOS 8 server with root access.
  2. A stable internet connection.

Step 1: Update System Packages
Begin by updating the system packages to ensure you have the latest versions and security patches.

sudo yum update

Step 2: Install FileZilla Server

To install FileZilla Server, you'll need to enable the EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) repository first.

sudo yum install epel-release

Now, install FileZilla Server using the following command:

sudo yum install -y filezilla

Step 3: Start and Enable FileZilla Server Service

Once the installation is complete, start the FileZilla Server service and enable it to start on boot.

sudo systemctl start filezilla
sudo systemctl enable filezilla

Step 4: Configure FileZilla Server

FileZilla Server configuration files are located in the /etc/filezilla directory. Open the configuration file using your preferred text editor. In this example, we'll use nano.

sudo nano /etc/filezilla/filezilla.xml

Inside the configuration file, you can customize settings such as port numbers, user accounts, and security options. Save the changes and exit the text editor.

Step 5: Allow FileZilla Server Port in Firewall

If you have a firewall enabled, allow traffic on the FileZilla Server port (default is 21).

sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=21/tcp
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Step 6: Test FileZilla Server Connection

You can now test the FileZilla Server connection using an FTP client. Open FileZilla on your local machine, enter the server IP, username, and password, and connect to the server.

Additional Tips:

  • To add a new user, use the following command:
sudo useradd -m -s /sbin/nologin <username>
sudo passwd <username>
  • For passive mode, configure the passive port range in the FileZilla Server settings and open those ports in your firewall.

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