How to edit file through SFTP with Filezila

Posted November 10, 2019 4.7k views
WordPressLEMPUbuntu 18.04

My server is running a Lemp stack with ubuntu 18.04, following different tutorials, I created a new user, gave it root permissions and disable root login.
I’m trying to edit some files in /var/www/ which was working as root but isn’t working as my user.

I tried to :
chown -R myusername /www/
chmod -R 775 /var/www/
but FileZilla still gives me that error:
Status: Starting download of /var/www/
Command: cd “/var/www/”
Response: New directory is: “/var/www/”
Command: get “header.php” “/header.php”
Error: local: unable to open /header.php
Error: Critical file transfer error

When ls -l in /var/www I got

drwxrwxr-x 5 username www-data 4096 Oct 14 23:34

What should I do to be able to open the files with Filezilla modify them locally and re-upload them on the server? Thank you.

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FileZilla is a transfer tool, not an editor. However fileZilla client can be used to edit files, but does not technically have an editor, so it will use notepad or wordpad.

After connecting to the server through FTP / SFTP, right click on the file you wish to edit, from the “remote site” window, select view/edit.

This tutorial will help you as reference document :

by Pablo Carranza
This article will teach you how to use Filezilla to transfer and manage files securely on your VPS.
  • @upraneeth Thank you for taking the time, I just made a stupid mistake, I thought I used to double click on the file I wanted to edit to be downloaded and opened in VsCode but as you said I have to right-click view/edit. My bad. Thank you again, everything is working fine.