How to Change the vsftp or vsftpd server banner message

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Q. How do I change the banner message that vsftpd server displays?

A. vsftpd, stands for ‘Very Secure FTP Daemon’, is an FTP server for many Linux distributions.

In order to impove security you may need to change default banner message. To change banner message open configuration file /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf file:
# vi /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf

Locate line which is read as follows:

Uncomment line to customize the login banner and setup new text message:
ftpd_banner=Welcome to nixCraft ftp server

Save and close the file. Restart vsftpd:
# /etc/init.d/vsftpd restart

Now all users of VSFTPD/FTP should see your login banner. Test new setup with ftp command from windows or linux box itself:
$ ftp


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

2 comment

  1. Can the banner variable point to a file instead of displaying the line? I tried listing a path to the file but all it does is display what I just typed in.

  2. Hi Laura,

    You can use the banner_file option to do that. If set, it overrides the banner string provided by the ftpd_banner option.

    Check out man vsftpd.conf for all available settings.

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