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I need the smallest and easiest FTP server just to grab some files during development.

Homebrew has a discrete selection brew search ftp but I'm unsure which is the quickest to setup.

I don't want to use the builtin FTP server.

Any recommendations?

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As of writing, brew search ftp returns the following FTP servers:

  • pure-ftpd
  • vsftpd
  • proftpd

Based on their websites, pure-ftpd appears to be your best choice for easy installation.

pure-ftpd

Beginners can install a Pure-FTPd server in 5 minutes. It can be as simple as installing the package, typing pure-ftpd & and… that’s all. You already have a running server, and clients can start to connect.

So for the two step, install and set to start each boot commands:

brew install pure-ftpd
brew services start pure-ftpd

vsftpd

vsftpd is a GPL licensed FTP server for UNIX systems, including Linux. It is secure and extremely fast. It is stable.

ProFTPD

ProFTPD grew out of the desire to have a secure and configurable FTP server, and out of a significant admiration of the Apache web server.

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    Just a note on pure-ftpd - on Mac, you may want to type brew services start pure-ftpd instead of pure-ftpd & which will start pure-ftpd now and restart it at login. – Oliver Tappin Apr 9 '18 at 19:56
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Strange that no one mentioned the simplest way, which is to just load the built-in FTP server:

sudo -s launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist

It does work fine in 10.12 Sierra. However, it might not be available anymore in 10.13 High Sierra.

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    Agreed. I get the OP has reasons for not wanting to use the supplied FTP server. However, a reminder how easy to enable it is quite helpful and worth a +1 – bmike Jul 21 '18 at 12:06
  • This has disabled in 10.14 Mojave – rocLv Jan 22 at 1:41
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Well, I do have OSX Mojave, and I ended up doing this:

brew install inetutils

and it worked perfectly. Hope it helps!

  • I did this, but could not find out how to setup an ftp server on my mac. I need this to test my ftp based installation procedure for a particular project. – Bernhard Feb 22 at 8:52
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    I believe this installs the FTP client, but not the server. – facundofarias Feb 22 at 11:36
  • i see ... even the thread title talks about a server :-) thanks – Bernhard Feb 23 at 14:09

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