FTP Server Selection

Valid for versions 86 through 90






Last modified: October 20, 2020


This interface allows you to select an FTP server daemon, or to disable FTP services.

When you upgrade a server for which the FTP RPM’s target is set to unmanaged, problems may occur in the cPanel user interface. For more information, read our How to Restore Missing FTP Interfaces in cPanel documentation.
  • This interface is unavailable when you disable the FTP server role. Certain server profiles disable this role in WHM’s Server Profile (WHM >> Home >> Server Configuration >> Server Profile). For more information, read our How to Use Server Profiles documentation.
  • We disable FTP services by default because the FTP protocol sends clear-text usernames and passwords over public networks. It also does not enforce encryption, so third parties can attack the transmitted data. We recommend that you use transfer methods that use encryption, such as the scp command or cPanel’s File Manager interface (cPanel >> Home >> Files >> File Manager).

How to select an FTP daemon

To select an FTP daemon for your server, perform the following steps:

  1. In the FTP Server column, select ProFTPD or Pure-FTPd.

    • Select Disabled to disable FTP services.
  2. Click Save.

Pure-FTPd and ProFTPD


The following list offers comparisons between these FTP server daemons:

  • Pure-FTPd typically provides faster FTP transfers than ProFTPD.
  • Pure-FTPd does not display statistics in the statistics menu.
  • Pure-FTPd supports virtual user quotas; ProFTPD does not.
  • ProFTPD will display your bandwidth usage, allowing you to monitor the amount of bandwidth that FTP sessions use.

For more information, visit the ProFTPD and Pure-FTPd websites.

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