How to install and configure VSFTPD on Ubuntu 18.04/Centos7


FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. It is similar to HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol), in that it specifies a language for transferring data over a network. 

FTP is not encrypted by default, so by itself, it is not a good choice for secure transmission of data.

Step1: Install VSFTPD

We’ll start by updating our package list and installing the vsftpd daemon:


sudo apt-get update -y && sudo apt-get install vsftpd -y


sudo yum -y update && sudo yum -y install vsftpd
Step 2: Configure the vsftpd.conf file

Now let’s edit the configuration file for vsftpd. Open the configuration file with the following command:

vim /etc/vsftpd.conf

# Allow anonymous FTP? (Disabled by default).


# Uncomment this to allow local users to log in.


#If you want local user to be able to write to a directory, then change the write_enable setting to YES:


#To prevent the FTP users to access any files outside of their home directories uncomment the chroot setting.


#Use this option if you must to grant writable access to your user to its home directory.

# ADD this line in end of configuration file


Step 3: Start the VSFTPD service.
sudo systemctl restart vsftpd
Step 4: Create an FTP user

sudo useradd -m “username”

sudo passwd “username”

Step 5: Test the FTP Connection
ftp localhost
Step 6: Enable the service so it will comes up when system reboot


sudo systemctl enable vsftpd

Optional for AWS

Step 7: Enable the port 20-21 from security group to access ftp.

Step 8: Now, Test the FTP Connection from your system.

Using the above tutorial you have learned how to install and configure VSFTPD.

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