In this tutorial, we will show you how to install vsftpd on your Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. 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 through the step by step installation FTP server on a Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) server.
Install Vsftpd on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver
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 VSFTPD on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
To install VSFTPD, run the following command from your Terminal:
Step 3. Configure VSFTPD.
After it is successfully installed, Let us go ahead and configure:
### nano /etc/vsftpd.conf
# 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:
Check if vsftpd service is running or not using the command:
In case you have UFW firewall enabled, execute the below command to allow incoming traffic to FTP ports:
We will now create a new user that we will use to log into FTP. In this example, we will create a new user called chedelics:
Congratulations! You have successfully installed vsftpd. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing vsftpd in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official vsftpd web site.