ProFTPD module mod_ifversion

The mod_ifversion module is designed for use in testsuites and production deployments of proftpd, which may have to deal with different ProFTPD versions and different configurations. The <IfVersion> sections supported by mod_ifversion allow flexible version checking, including numeric and regular expression comparisons.

This module is contained in the mod_ifversion.c file for ProFTPD 1.3.x, and is not compiled by default. Installation instructions are discussed here; a discussion on usage is also available.

The most current version of mod_ifversion is distributed with the proftpd source code.


Please contact TJ Saunders <tj at> with any questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding this module.



Syntax: <IfVersion [[!]operator] version>
Default: None
Context: All
Module: mod_ifversion
Compatibility: 1.3.1rc1 and later

The <IfVersion> section encloses configuration directives which will be used only if the proftpd version matches the configured criteria. For normal (numeric) comparisons the version argument has the following syntax:

e.g. 1.3.1, 1.3.2a, or 1.3.3rc1. If the minor or revision fields are omitted, they are assumed to be zero. An omitted suffix is assumed to be a stable release, instead of a release candidate (RC) or maintenance release.

The following numerical comparison operators are supported:

operator Description
= or == proftpd version is equal
> proftpd version is greater than
>= proftpd version is greater or equal
< proftpd version is less than
<= proftpd version is less or equal

It is also possible to use regular expressions to match the ProFTPD version. To use a regular expression, the operators are:

operator Description
= or == version has the form /regex/
~ version has the form regex

If you wish to reverse the meaning of the operator, prefix the operator with an exclamation mark (!), e.g.:

  <IfVersion != 1.3.1>
    # Do not use these directives if the version is 1.3.1

If operator is omitted, it is assumed to be =.


The mod_ifversion module is distributed with ProFTPD. For including mod_ifversion as a statically linked module:
  $ ./configure --with-modules=mod_ifversion
To build mod_ifversion as a DSO module:
  $ ./configure --enable-dso --with-shared=mod_ifversion
Then follow the usual steps:
  $ make
  $ make install

For those with an existing ProFTPD installation, you can use the prxs tool to add mod_ifversion, as a DSO module, to your existing server:

  $ prxs -c -i -d mod_ifversion.c


The following examples demonstrate how the mod_ifversion can be used.

Using a simple numeric comparison:

  <IfVersion >= 1.3.1rc1>
    # Only use these directives for versions greater or equal 1.3.1rc1

Using a regular expression:

  <IfVersion = /^rc[[:digit:]]$/>
    # Only use these directives for RC (release candidate) versions

Using a reversed regular expression (i.e. in this case, meaning "proftpd version does not match this pattern"):

  <IfVersion !~ ^1.3.[012]$>
    # These directives are not for those versions

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