FTPD Help. Setting up a home server on a port other than 21

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by maluut, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. maluut macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2009
    I'd like to setup a free ftp server on my macbook to fxp files from one ftp site, to a server hosted on my computer. I'd also like to set this up on port 81.

    I used to do this easily on windows but i need a mac alternative.

    Can i do this with macs own ftp server or do i need another app?
  2. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004

    Not exactly sure what you are trying to accomplish?

    Depending how much you are share by hosting an ftp server?

    Have you considered using dropbox?
  3. Tiki35 macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2009
    Nanoose Bay, BC, Canada
    I would also recommend Dropbox, but if you want, you can setup your own FTP server.

    In System Preferences, then Sharing, then check File Sharing, then Options, then check Share Files and Folders using FTP.

    You'll also want to setup a user(s) with appropriate access permissions.

    Then on your router, you'll want configure port forwarding so that the external port number is 81, and the internal port is 21 and of course points to the LAN address of your computer hosting your ftp site. Users will connect to your WAN address on port 81.

    That should do it.
  4. maluut thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2009
    i don't want to do port forwarding. basically what i am trying to accomplish is send data from a ftp site located in .eu to one located here on my computer.

    download speeds are dramatically increased if i transfer them to a server setup on port 81 on my computer rather then just downloading them directly.
    Dropbox isn't what i want.

    I tried pureftpd but i think it has issues with snow leopard

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