Setting Up an FTP Server On Your Home Computer


FTP or File Transfer Protocol servers allow you to share or host data on your computer that might be too large to transfer through an email.

You can create and use a hostname with NoIP to run an FTP server. If you do not already have an account you will need to create an account by following the steps in our Getting Started guide.

Once you have created a hostname on NoIP you will need to download and run an FTP server. There are a few different choices you can useto create an FTP server but in this guide we will use FileZilla, which is free.

Step 1
You’ll first need to download the FileZilla server.

Step 2
You will need to install the FileZilla server on your computer. The installation process is standard. You will see an option to choose what port the admin interface for FileZilla server should list to. I recommend leaving it at the standard port 14147. If you do decide to change the port make sure it is an uncommon port, generally 1024-65535.

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Step 3
Once installed the FileZilla server should open. Make sure the port is the correct one. If you would like an administrative password enter one now and click “OK”.

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Step 4
Once started you can now configure the FTP Server with different groups for the users. To configure the groups in the FileZilla Server go to “Edit”, then “Groups”, then click “Add” under the group window. You can now create a group name and set the group permissions.

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Step 5
Once the group has been created you will need to create a user by going to “Edit”, then “Users”, then “Add”. Enter in the username you would like and select the group the user should be assigned to.

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Step 6
Once the user has been created you can enable the account, as well as set a password for the user(s) you have created under the “Account Settings”, in the “General” side bar.

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Your FTP server is now configured. You will need to open and forward port 21 in your router and any firewall you might use. If you are unsure how to port forward you can review our General Port Forwarding guide.

Users can now connect to your server with the username and password you set on your FTP server. In order for others users to connect you would need to provide them with the hostname you created on NoIP. For example a user could connect by typing in ftp://yourhost.no-ip.org.