How to configure FTP for Ubuntu

Posted January 19, 2014 26.4k views
Hi All, I am running Ubuntu 12.04 and trying to get FTP setup on my Droplet. I followed all the instructions here (including the SSL setup): But when I try to connect I just get a timeout error. Has anyone had to configure anything specifically to get FTP working outside of these steps? I am also running Ghost on the Droplet if that might have anything to do with it... Thanks!

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Is vsftpd running?
sudo service vsftpd restart
Thanks for the reply! Yup, its running:

vsftpd stop/waiting
vsftpd start/running, process 5840

Any other tips to help me figure out why I can't connect?
Hmm. Is it listening on port 21?
sudo netstat -plutn | grep 21

Also, I highly recommend using SFTP instead of FTP.
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Turns out it was due to the IP tables rejecting connections.. had to set the tables to allow connection on port 21. Thanks for your help! And yeah I am using SFTP, just wanted to figure out why FTP wasn't working in general for my own sanity. :)
  • May I ask how you got SFTP running? I can't seem get it to work...
  • If you can SSH into your server, you should be able to use SFTP. The credentials will be the same. If you're still having problems, please open a new question describing what steps you've already tried.
I set up an ftp server on my droplet and expect to be able to log in using a client of my choice into the server to transfer files. but i cannot log in with my droplet's credentials.. any help?