How To Install UFW Firewall on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install UFW Firewall on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial we will show you how to install UFW Firewall on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, The default firewall configuration tool for Ubuntu is ufw. Developed to ease iptables firewall setup, ufw provides a user friendly way to produce an IPv4 or IPv6 host-based antivirus. By default UFW is disabled.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation UFW Firewall on an Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus server.

Install UFW Firewall on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.

Step 2. Installing UFW Firewall.

In Ubuntu 16.04, UFW is installed by default. If not, you can easily install it by running the following command:

After installation, UFW is deactivated. If you configure your server via SSH, it is important to release SSH before you enable UFW:


Step 3. UFW control.

Turn on:

Turn off:

Attention! The following are examples, please use only if you know what you are doing!

Allow protocol:

Allow port:

Allow Port Ranges:

Prohibit connections:

Deny protocol:

Deny port:

For more usage commands you can use the –help flag:

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed UFW. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing UFW Firewall on your Ubuntu 16.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official UFW Firewall web site.

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