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Pure-ftpd is a popular FTP server that’s widely available. Here, we show you how to set it up on CentOS:

CentOS PureFTP server

you have to get pure-ftpd from rpmforge (directions for enabling that repo above)

yum install pure-ftpd ftp
cd /etc/pure-ftpd/
vi pure-ftpd.conf
  # If you want simple Unix (/etc/passwd) authentication, uncomment this
  UnixAuthentication yes
  # If you want to log all client commands, set this to "yes".
  # This directive can be duplicated to also log server responses.
  VerboseLog yes
  # PureDB user database (see README.Virtual-Users)
  PureDB /etc/pure-ftpd/pureftpd.pdb
  # Automatically create home directories if they are missing
  CreateHomeDir yes
pure-pwconvert >> pureftpd.passwd
adduser test
pure-pw useradd test -u test -g test -d /home/test
  Enter it again:
pure-pw mkdb
/etc/init.d/pure-ftpd start

Now try to login to your ftp server like:

# > ftp localhost
  Trying ::1...
  Connected to localhost (::1).
  220---------- Welcome to Pure-FTPd [privsep] [TLS] ----------
  220-You are user number 1 of 50 allowed.
  220-Local time is now 20:33. Server port: 21.
  220 You will be disconnected after 15 minutes of inactivity.
  Name (localhost:unclecameron): test
  331 User test OK. Password required
  230 OK. Current directory is /
  Remote system type is UNIX.
  Using binary mode to transfer files.

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