How to configure FTP for Ubuntu

  • Posted January 19, 2014

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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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? <br>Thanks

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. :)

Hmm. Is it listening on port 21? <pre>sudo netstat -plutn | grep 21</pre> <br>Also, I highly recommend <a href=“”>using SFTP instead of FTP</a>.

Thanks for the reply! Yup, its running: <br> <br><pre> <br>vsftpd stop/waiting <br>vsftpd start/running, process 5840 <br></pre> <br> <br>Any other tips to help me figure out why I can’t connect?

Is vsftpd running?<pre>sudo service vsftpd restart</pre>