Bftpd is an open source, cross-platform, fast, easy-to-use, small and easy-to-configure FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server (non-interactive daemon) designed for Linux kernel-based and UNIX-like operating systems. It implemented in C and it’s well known as a very secure FTP daemon.
Features at a glance
Key features include support for most RFC (Request for Comments) FTP commands, on-the-fly compression and archiving support using the tar.gz format, strong security with chroot (no special setup is required), as well as support for SITE CHOWN and SITE CHMOD.
In addition, the Bftpd FTP daemon doesn’t need configuration files, logs its actions to wtmp, syslog or to a custom log file, and provides support for PAM (Pluggable Authentication Module) and passwd/shadow passwords.
Command-line options include the ability to run the daemon via the inetd Internet service daemon, run in TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) listen mode, without pre-fork(), run without a configuration file, with default settings, as well as to read a custom configuration file instead of the one located on /etc/bftpd.conf. Additionally, it is possible to run it in daemon mode by using fork() and running it in TCP listen mode.
Getting started with Bftpd
Being written entirely in the C programming language, the software is small and fast. It’s actually a breeze to install Bftpd on your GNU/Linux system or FreeBSD distribution (both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures are supported), as you will have to get the latest version from Softpedia, save it on your Home folder, and extract the archive.
Open a termina emulator, use the ‘cd’ command to navigate to the location of the extracted files, run the “./configure && make” command (without quotes) to configure and compile the project, and then execute the “make install” command, without quotes, as root or with sudo to install it system wide.