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A client wants to send me a very large file (3+ GB), but I'm kind of at a loss on how to receive it. My Dropbox is full, and I don't have any other kind of file sharing service. Sites like WeTransfer.com have a file size limit.

So, I looked into using Homebrew to install vsftpd or proftpd, but they're not that straightforward to set up. I really just want a simple FTP server I can launch, make up a username and password, and have my client FTP in to upload the file directly to my Mac.

I need something that will let me specify a different port number other than the standard FTP port.

How can I do this?

I'm using Mac OS 10.9.5, BTW.

  • What about File sharing in sys pref Sharing ? – Ruskes Oct 28 '14 at 19:15
  • That appears to be AFP/SMB only. I need FTP. – CaptSaltyJack Oct 28 '14 at 19:16
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    Did you try using the build in FTP " sudo -s launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist " – Ruskes Oct 28 '14 at 19:22
  • Doesn't Google Drive offer 5Gb. for free? – PaulJ Oct 28 '14 at 19:22
  • @Buscar웃 I need something that will let me specify a different port number other than the standard FTP port. – CaptSaltyJack Oct 28 '14 at 19:24
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You could install OS X Server. Then you will be able to start a ftp server in few clicks.

  • Won't work, I'm on Mavericks. – CaptSaltyJack Oct 28 '14 at 19:14
  • Then you need OS X Server version 3. – jherran Oct 28 '14 at 19:24
  • Can you show me somewhere that OS X Server has an FTP server? I don't see it mentioned, just SMB, AFP, and WebDAV. – CaptSaltyJack Oct 28 '14 at 19:26
  • Check this image and you will see FTP under advanced. You can see it on this article. – jherran Oct 28 '14 at 19:30
  • I think you are talking about sharing option on system preferences and I'm talking about OS X Server, which is different. – jherran Oct 28 '14 at 19:31

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