How do you reset the file permissions for /var/www ?

I stuffed up the file permissions for /var/www and now the web server and SFTP can’t see them. How do I reset the permissions with chown and chmod?

Submit an answer

This textbox defaults to using Markdown to format your answer.

You can type !ref in this text area to quickly search our full set of tutorials, documentation & marketplace offerings and insert the link!

Sign In or Sign Up to Answer

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.

Want to learn more? Join the DigitalOcean Community!

Join our DigitalOcean community of over a million developers for free! Get help and share knowledge in Q&A, subscribe to topics of interest, and get courses and tools that will help you grow as a developer and scale your project or business.

I’ve found this page via google. NEVER SET 777 RIGHTS TO /var/www It’s unsafe and your site will be hacked. Follow this guide, for example, solution is in the end of page. Or look here

Thanks Alex. Root already had access to the files. Changing the permissions to 777 did the trick.

As root, or someone with root privileges. Go to var then enter ‘chown -R user:user www’. If you want root to be able to access www enter ‘chown -R root:root www’. This will make sure that root has access to the files. <br> <br>Enter ‘chmod -R 777 /var/www’ to change the permissions of the files. <br>