Create vsftpd Users the Easy Way

vsftpd_logoThe FTP protocol has been around a long time, some of us remember using it fondly while others might shudder at the very mention of its name.  The fact remains it’s not going away, and it does what it’s supposed to do very well: lightweight file transfer.  Wrap this with TLS and it’s a fairly secure, cross-platform way of remote file transfer.  A simple, lightweight but feature-filled FTP daemon I prefer is VSFTPD, but managing virtual users is still a manual process.  I’ve written a simple user creation tool to make virtual users.  Let’s get started.

Download the Tool

curl \
> && chmod +x

Install httpd-tools
This requires the htpasswd tool, usually packaged in the httpd-tools package

dnf install httpd-tools

Run the Tool
Follow the prompts, specifying username and password.

# ./
=      FTP Creator 3000      =
Enter username:
johnnyExample  <--- enter a username
Enter password:
johnnyfivepassword  <--- enter a password

creating user johnnyExample
setting password...
Changing password for user johnnyExample.
passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully.
Adding password for user johnnyExample

    Account Summary       
    user: johnnyExample          
    pass: johnnyfivepassword          

Github code is located here.

About Will Foster

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