How To Install Vsftpd on Ubuntu 16.04

Install Vsftpd on Ubuntu 16.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of vsftpd on your Ubuntu 16.04 server. For those of you who didn’t know, FTP stands for “file transfer protocol”, and it allows you to transfer files to a remote computer. The most common FTP server software for Ubuntu is the vsftpd package, which stands for “very secure FTP daemon.” It’s the default FTP package for Ubuntu, and most other Linux distributions as well.

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 the step-by-step installation of Vsftpd on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Vsftpd on Ubuntu 16.04

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

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing VSFTPD.

To install VSFTPD, run the following command from your Terminal:

apt-get install vsftpd

Step 3. Configure VSFTPD.

After it is successfully installed, Let us go ahead and configure it:

### nano /etc/vsftpd.conf

Controls whether anonymous logins are permitted or not.

# Allow local users to login

# Set 'write_enable' to YES in order to allow changes to the filesystem

# to enable ASCII uploads (to prevent uploaded scripts etc. from breaking),
# without the DoS risk of SIZE and ASCII downloads. ASCII mangling should be
# on the client anyway..

# You can set the root directory of the FTP users. if not specified, users' home directory equals FTP home directory

Save and close the file. Restart vsftpd service to take effect the changes:

sudo systemctl restart vsftpd
sudo systemctl enable vsftpd

Check if vsftpd service is running or not using the command:

sudo systemctl status vsftpd

Sample output:

 vsftpd.service - vsftpd FTP server
 Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/vsftpd.service; enabled; vend
 Active: active (running) since Thu 2016-08-16 17:28:31 IST; 31s a
 Process: 2040 ExecStartPre=/bin/mkdir -p /var/run/vsftpd/empty (co
 Main PID: 2043 (vsftpd)
 Tasks: 1
 Memory: 492.0K
 CPU: 46ms
 CGroup: /system.slice/vsftpd.service
 └─2043 /usr/sbin/vsftpd /etc/vsftpd.conf

Aug 16 17:28:31 ubuntuserver systemd[1]: Starting vsftpd FTP server.
Aug 16 17:28:31 ubuntuserver systemd[1]: Started vsftpd FTP server.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed vsftpd. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing vsftpd in Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official vsftpd web site.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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