FTP setup for Ubuntu 14.04

Posted July 17, 2014 44.5k views

Hey DigitalOcean,

Could you please provide instructions for setting up FTP access to Ubuntu 14.04. I have followed the guide you have for 12.04 but it does not give root access. I need to be able to have full read write access to all data on my ubuntu server. Please help!

  • I could do with this and the answers below are not helpful. something like enter your usesrname and password etc with this as your path. I can log into by site OR my root but not the public_html which means I cant actually upload to the web site.

  • I found this article hth
    What is FTP and How Is It Used?

    by Etel Sverdlov
    This tutorial provides some information about FTP and includes some basic FTP commands. Additionally it includes links to the variety of FTP tutorials on the DigitalOcean site. FTP is a way to transfer files between hosts over the internet. It is especially helpful as a way to upload or download files to or from a site quickly.

These answers are provided by our Community. If you find them useful, show some love by clicking the heart. If you run into issues leave a comment, or add your own answer to help others.

Submit an Answer
2 answers

Fortunately, it is not possible to log in as root over FTP. :)
FTP is inherently insecure, it is best to use SFTP instead which is secure and allows root access: How To Use Filezilla to Transfer and Manage Files Securely on your VPS.

by Pablo Carranza
This article will teach you how to use Filezilla to transfer and manage files securely on your VPS.
  • UNfortunately, this is not helpful. Can you provide an alternative answer? I need to transfer a file from my droplet to a device that DOES NOT have SFTP functionality. What steps do I need to take to allow a device to access my droplet over FTP?