proftpd - Professional configurable, secure file transfer protocol server


proftpd [ -hlntv ] [ -d debuglevel ] [ -c config-file ] [ -p 0|1 ]


proftpd is the Professional File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server daemon. The server may be invoked by the Internet "super-server" inetd(8) each time a connection to the FTP service is made, or alternatively it can be run as a stand-alone daemon.

When proftpd is run in standalone mode and it receives a SIGHUP then it will reread its config file. When run in standalone mode without the -n option, the main proftpd daemon writes its process ID to /var/run/ to make it easy to know which process to SIGHUP.


-h, --help
Display a short usage description, including all available options.
-n, --nodaemon
Runs the proftpd process in standalone mode (must be configured as such in the configuration file), but does not background the process or disassociate it from the controlling tty. Additionally, all output (log or debug messages) are sent to stdout, rather than the syslog mechanism. Most often used with the -d option for debugging.
-v, --version
Displays the version number of ProFTPD to stdout.
-d, --debug debuglevel
Sets proftpd's internal debug level (normally 0). The debuglevel should be an integer value from 0 to 5, with higher numbers producing more debug output. Normally, debug messages are sent to syslog using the DEBUG facility, however if the -n option is used, all such output is sent to stdout.
-c, --config config-file
Specifies an alternate config-file to be parsed at startup, rather than the default (typically found in /etc/proftpd.conf).
-t, --configtest
Read the configuration file, report any syntax errors, and exit.
-p, --persistent 0|1
Disables (0) or enables (1) the default persistent password support, which is determined at configure time for each platform. This option only affects the default support, it can still be overridden at run-time with the PersistentPasswd directive.
-l, --list
Lists all modules compiled into proftpd.




ProFTPD is written and maintained by a number of people, full credits can be found on


inetd(8), ftp(1), ftpwho(1), ftpcount(1), ftpshut(8)

Full documentation on ProFTPD, including configuration and FAQs, is available at

Report bugs at
For help/support, try the ProFTPD mailing lists, detailed on