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Notable implementations of FTP servers (organized by the nature of the interface used to configure them) include:

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Name License Platform Details
ALFTP proprietary Windows only Personal FTP server
BulletProof FTP Server aka BPFTP Server proprietary, shareware Windows only Professional server supporting all version of Windows, including XP/Vista and Server 2003/2008
Cerberus FTP Server proprietary, free for personal use Windows only FTP, FTPS, IPv6, SOAP-based web services API, Windows Active Directory and LDAP authentication, HTTP and HTTPS remote administration
CrushFTP Server proprietary, shareware Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, *BSD, Solaris, etc FTP, FTPS, SFTP, SCP, HTTP, HTTPS, WebDAV and WebDAV over SSL, AS2, AS3, Plugin API, Windows Active Directory / LDAP authentication, SQL authentication, GUI remote administration, Events / Alerts, Protocol Conversion (on the fly conversions from FTP/FTPS/SFTP/HTTP/HTTPS to a back end FTP/SFTP server.)
DataExpress proprietary, business software Mac OS X, Linux, Unix, Microsoft Windows/Windows FTP, FTPS, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS, WebDAV WebDAV over SSL, AS2/3 and Ad Hoc Secure File Transfer. Outgoing client connections FTP, SFTP and SCP
FileZilla Server open source, free software Windows 2000/XP/Vista FTP, FTPS
Microsoft Internet Information Services proprietary Windows only Included in most versions of Windows after and including NT 3.51
NASLite free software Linux based FTP/NAS server
Pure-FTPd free software Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X, Windows (experimental)
RaidenFTPD proprietary Windows only FTP, SSL
Rumpus Mac OS X (Intel/PPC) FTP, SSL, Web interface
Serv-U File Server proprietary, commercial Windows Support for FTP, FTPS, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS listeners, Windows Active Directory integration, ODBC user/group storage, custom event triggers, remote browser-based administration, web-based file transfer client
Sysax Multi Server proprietary, Free Personal Edition Windows (All Editions) Secure FTP Server that also supports Secure Shell Access and Web browser based secure file transfer. Protocols supported include FTP, FTPS, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS, Telnet, and Secure Shell. Features include remote browser based administration, server event triggers and scripting, and authentication using Windows, ODBC, or Active Directory. Certified for Windows Vista.
War FTP Daemon open source, free software Windows 9X/2000/XP/2003 One of the original FTP servers made for the windows platform and still available.
zFTPServer proprietary, Free for personal use Windows only This server includes a range of features such as remote administration, support for SSL, FTPS and SFTP, Virtual file system, scripting, multi-threading... and much more. Extensions are also available for payment to enhance functionality (e.g., Windows/Active Directory-Integrated authentication and event based scripting of internal and external scripts).

Console/Terminal-Based

Name Licence Platform Details
glFTPd Linux, BSD, Mac OS X This server has numerous features making many complex and complicated setups possible. Some of the most important are: virtual users and groups, private paths, bandwidth throttling, upload/download ratio support, on the fly CRC calculating of files being uploaded, script support on almost all commands and operations, online user management, built-in statistics viewable using site commands, FTPS and ACL support.
ioFTPD open-source Win 32 written in C
MuddleFTPD
ProFTPD open-source Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, Cygwin, and more
publicfile open-source Linux, BSD, and more
Pure-FTPd open-source Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, and more default FTP daemon in many linux distributions
SlimFTPd open source, BSD License Windows only
vsftpd (Very Secure FTP Daemon) open-source Linux, BSD, and more default FTP daemon in fedora, rhel and centos
wu-ftpd open-source Linux, BSD, and more

Libraries

Name Licence Language Platform Details
pyftpdlib open-source MIT License Python Platform independent A high-level portable library to easily write asynchronous FTP servers with Python. It is currently the most complete RFC-959 FTP server implementation available for Python.

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The table below compares basic characteristics of notable FTP Servers. This list is not exhaustive.

Name Managed by Target Niche OS Features License
BulletProof FTP Server BulletProof Software LLC Commercial and Home-Use Windows 98/ME, NT/2000, XP, Vista, Windows Server 2003/2008 Activity and Traffic Monitor, User Quota system, Bandwidth Throttling, Virtual File System, Advanced Logging, GUI Administration with Windows System Service Support, Event Manager (eg: React on file upload), Resumed Upload/Downloads, Anti-Hammering, Ratio Support (Private File Trading) Proprietary software
Cerberus FTP Server Cerberus, LLC Commercial and home use Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows Server 2003/2008 Simple Administration, TLS/SSL security, IPv6, logging, Anti-Hammering, Active Directory authentication, virtual file system Free for personal use
CrushFTP Server Ben Spink Commercial to Home User Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows Server 2003/2008, Windows 7, Mac OS X Client, Mac OS X Server, Linux, Unix, Solaris FTP, FTPS, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS, WebDAV, Remote Administration, WebInterface (Browser uploads, and Java Applet uploads), Zipped Uploads and Downloads, Plugin Architecture, Usage Reports, User Email Event Notification, Server Email Alerts, Protocol Translation, SQL, LDAP, MS Active Directory, Local/Remote Virtual File System (LOCAL,FTP,SFTP file systems), AJAX + XSLT, Adobe PDF Form Posting and Uploads, User and Group Inheritance, Virtual File System Chaining, Virtual Domains, Quotas, Ratios, Bandwidth Limiters, Live Graphs, GUI Administration, XML, Self Update, Automatic Backups, UTF-8, 32bit, 64bit, Windows Service, Daemon (headless) Proprietary software
FileZilla Server Tim Kosse Medium traffic, medium security, non-critical Windows NT,2000,XP,2003 Simple administration, TLS/SSL security control, Remote administration, virtual file system GPL
Internet Information Services Microsoft Commercial applications Windows NT, 2000, XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Server 2003 and future releases Remote administration inside Active Directory. Applying additional "FTP Publishing Service for IIS 7.0" also provides support for FTPS. Proprietary software
ProFTPd The proftpd Project Fast, secure, modulable Linux, Mac OS X, Windows (with cygwin) LDAP Authentication, TLS/SSL security control, Shaping traffic, SQL or LDAP or File Quota, Ratio ... GPL
Pure-FTPd Frank Denis Production and secure environments Linux, Solaris, HPUX, Mac OS X and FreeBSD, (Potentially Windows though unofficial) TLS Encryption, Flexible authentication BSD
Serv-U Rhinosoft High traffic, production and secure environments Windows Support for FTP, FTPS, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS listeners, Windows Active Directory integration, ODBC user/group storage, custom event triggers, remote browser-based administration, web-based file transfer client Proprietary software
Sysax Multi Server Codeorigin, LLC Commercial and personal use Windows (All editions) Secure FTP Server that also supports Secure Shell Access and Web browser based secure file transfer. Protocols supported include FTP, FTPS, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS, Telnet, and Secure Shell. Features include remote browser based administration, server event triggers and scripting, and authentication using Windows, ODBC, or Active Directory. Certified for Windows Vista. Free Personal Edition, Commercial Editions
vsftpd Chris Evans High traffic, production and secure environments (couples well with ssh for sftp) Linux/Unix variants Flexible configuration via PAM, impressive list of high-profile users GPL
zFTPServer Västgöta-Data AB Commercial and home use Windows NT,2000,XP,2003 Strong TLS/SSL security control, Remote administration, Advanced virtual filesystem, Anti-Hammering, System Service support, Active Directory integration, Reactive and Proactive scripting functionality, Speed Scheduler Proprietary (Freeware with paid extensions/support)
Name Managed by Target Niche OS Features License

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