Cerberus FTP Server

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Cerberus FTP Server
This is a screenshot of the Cerberus FTP Server User Manager administration page.
Developer(s) Cerberus, LLC
Initial release March 2001; 16 years ago (2001-03)
Stable release
8.0.11 / March 17, 2017; 40 days ago (2017-03-17)[1]
Operating system Windows
Type FTP server
License Proprietary software
Website www.cerberusftp.com

Cerberus FTP Server is a Windows-based FTP server with support for encrypted FTP sessions via FTPS and SFTP[2] as well as web client support via HTTP and HTTPS. The server exposes files using a virtual file system and supports user authentication via built-in users and groups, Active Directory, LDAP and public key authentication.[3] The server is currently developed and supported by Cerberus, LLC.[4]


Transfer data securely and easily with Cerberus FTP Server, one of the most versatile and reliable secure FTP servers on the market. The list below is a small subset of the features available.[5]

  • Powerful SFTP Server -- Managed File Transfer Solution
  • Web-based Secure File Access -- File management using a web browser with no software or plugins required
    • Allows any user to easily and securely connect to the server with a web browser to perform file operations (uploading, downloading, deleting, renaming, creating directories, and zipping and unzipping files and directories)
    • Native mobile HTTP/S web client
    • Multiple pre-built themes included
    • Web client image and video thumbnail viewing
    • Easily create your own custom themes using the popular Bootstrap 3 framework
    • Users can now request automatic password resets through the web client using email links and security questions (if allowed by the administrator)
  • Confidence -- File Transfer Integrity Checking
    • Robust file integrity checking using strong checksums based on SHA-512, SHA-256, or SHA-1 cryptographic hashes
  • Security -- Added Protection against Intrusion
    • Configuration and Security Summary, Specify SSL ciphers to include or exclude, Restrict login by protocol, Password Policy Settings
    • IP Whitelist and Blacklist, Automatic Account Lockout Temporary User Accounts, AD FTP Security Groups Certificate Revocation Lists (CRLs), Client Certificate Verification, SSH2 Public Key Authentication
  • Compliance -- HIPAA Compliant, FIPS 140-2 Validated
  • Integration -- Flexible Enterprise User Authentication
    • Manage and authenticate user accounts from built-in users and groups, Active Directory and LDAP and control authentication order priority with the new authentication chaining control
    • Create custom Virtual Directories for individual Active Directory and LDAP users
    • Powerful event notification and automation support using the Event Manager
  • Superior Manageability -- API, desktop and web-based server control
    • SOAP control API, Windows Service Support and support for Microsoft’s Hyper-V and VMWare’s ESX platforms
    • Maintain full access to the UI when running as a service
    • Multiple web administrators with fine grained access controls
  • Server Optimized -- Enhanced performance on Windows Server
  • Logging and Auditing -- Automatic logging of all commands and file access
    • Rolling log files with configurable size limits, Syslog Integration, and detailed logging of TLS/SSL cipher and bit strength per connection. Automatic logging of all commands and file access provides full audit trails showing who transferred what files to where, and how and when they did it, plus transfer and connection statistics.
  • Detailed Statistics -- Capture all file and connection activity to an SQL database
    • Maintains statistics information about connections and file transfers and allows creation of detailed reports of server usage.
    • Enhanced report filtering and ordering by file name, file timestamp, user, date, or host
    • Enhanced login reports
  • IP Blacklist and Whitelist -- Smart, IP-based connection controls
    • The IP Manager allows an administrator to selectively allow or deny access to the FTP server based upon IP address.
    • Administrators can use the auto-blocking feature to help prevent DoS (Denial of Service) and brute force password guessing by automatically blocking malicious connection attempts.
    • IP Manager CIDR support
  • Other Features
    • Folder upload through the web client in Chrome
    • Web client search support
    • Added session file access email report event action
    • Added max share duration limit for publicly shared links
    • Email notification of important events like user password expiration and password changes
    • Enhanced web client address book for users
    • Simultaneous FTP/S, SFTP, and HTTP/S for a single IP
    • Custom HTTP Logo for Web Client
    • Custom Virtual Directories for individual Active Directory and LDAP users
    • Require Secure Connections on a per user basis
    • Password Policy Settings
    • Automatic Account Lockout
    • Support for RSA, DSA, and Elliptical Curve public and private keys
    • Support for Ephemeral Diffie-Hellman key exchange
    • Block FXP and reserved ports for PASV connections
    • UTF-8 – Display filenames in foreign languages with their native charset
    • Taskbar icon control and status indicator
    • Connections limit and timeout controls
    • Hidden server mode (Hides server window)
    • Fine-Grained Directory Access Restrictions
    • IPv6 Support

Learn more about which editions offer each feature with our comparison matrix.


Cerberus, LLC is transforming the world of complex file server software with an intuitive, secure and easy-to-use file transfer solution. Founded by Grant Averett in 2000 and located in Arlington, VA, Cerberus, LLC is focused on solving customer secure file sharing needs with Cerberus FTP Server, our secure file server for Windows. Cerberus FTP Server is designed for the demanding IT professional, but is easily accessible to the casual file sharer. Our growth and success are a result of creating an intuitive, easy-to-use product with the features you need to get the job done. Paired with our dedicated in-house specialists, Cerberus FTP Server is ready to support your secure file sharing needs.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Release Notes for Cerberus FTP Server". CerberusFTP.com. 2017-03-17. Retrieved 2017-03-20. 
  2. ^ Geir, Eric (2008). Home Networking All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies. Wiley Publishing, Inc. 
  3. ^ "Share Information on the Internet", Komputer for Alle, pp. 64–67, April 2010 
  4. ^ "About Cerberus, LLC - Cerberus FTP Server". Cerberus FTP Server. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  5. ^ "Cerberus FTP Server Supported Features List". Cerberus FTP Server. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 

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