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uftpd is a UNIX daemon with sane built-in defaults. It just works.


  • FTP and/or TFTP
  • No complex configuration file
  • Runs from standard UNIX inetd, or standalone
  • Uses ftp user's $HOME, from /etc/passwd, or custom path
  • Uses ftp/tcp and tftp/udp from /etc/services, or custom ports
  • Privilege separation, drops root privileges having bound to ports
  • Possible to use symlinks outside of the FTP home directory
  • Possible to have group writable FTP home directory


uftpd is primarily not targetted at secure installations, it is targeted at home users and developers in need of a simple FTP/TFTP server. uftpd allows symlinks to outside the FTP home, as well as a group writable FTP home directory — user-friendly features that potentially can cause security breaches, but also very useful for people who just want their FTP server to work.

Seriously, we do not advise you to ignore any security aspect of your installation. If security is a concern for you, consider using another FTP/TFTP server!

That being said, a lot of care has been taken to lock down and secure uftpd by default. So, if you refrain from symlinking stuff from your home directory and take care to set up strict permissions, then uftpd is likely as secure as any other FTP/TFTP server.


uftpd depend on two other projects to build from source, libuEv and lite. See their respective README's for details, there should be no real surprises, both use the familiar configure, make, make install.

See below if you want to contribute.


uftpd, as well as its dependencys, can be built as .deb packages on Debian or Ubuntu based distributions. Simply download each source component and run

./      <--- Only needed if using GIT sources
make package

If you are using a different Linux or UNIX distribution, check the output from ./configure --help, followed by make all install. For instance, building on Alpine Linux:

PKG_CONFIG_LIBDIR=/usr/local/lib/pkgconfig ./configure \
    --prefix=/usr --localstatedir=/var --sysconfdir=/etc

Provided the library dependencies were installed in /usr/local/. This PKG_CONFIG_LIBDIR trick may be needed on other GNU/Linux, or UNIX, distributions as well.


To start uftpd in the background as an FTP/TFTP server, simply call

$ uftpd

To change port on either FTP or TFTP, use

$ uftpd -o ftp=PORT,tftp=PORT

Set PORT to zero (0) to disable either service. Use sudo, or set CAP_NET_BIND_SERVICE capabilities, on uftpd to allow regular users to start uftpd on privileged (standard) ports, i.e. < 1024:

$ sudo setcap cap_net_bind_service+ep uftpd

To run uftpd from the Internet super server, inetd, use the following two lines in /etc/inetd.conf, notice how in.ftpd and in.tftpd are symlinks to the uftpd binary:

ftp		stream	tcp	nowait	root	/usr/sbin/in.ftpd
tftp	dgram	udp	wait	root	/usr/sbin/in.tftpd

Remember to activate your changes to inetd by reloading the service or sending SIGHUP to it. Another inetd server may use different syntax. Like the inetd that comes built-in to Finit, in /etc/finit.conf:

inetd ftp/tcp   nowait /usr/sbin/in.ftpd  -- The uftpd FTP server
inetd tftp/udp    wait /usr/sbin/in.tfptd -- The uftpd TFTP server

Origin & References

uftpd was originally based on FtpServer by Xu Wang, but is now a complete rewrite with TFTP support by Joachim Nilsson, maintained at GitHub.