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Permission denied writing files through sftp

Posted January 11, 2015 126.3k views

I have a droplet running ubuntu 14.04 and a LEMP stack. I have subdomains on the /var/www folder with each having its own folder inside /www. I have one user with root permissions that is the one that I use for ssh and sftp. When I trie to write the file via sftp I have permission denied.

All the folders have 755 and the file have 644.

What do I need to change to get it working?

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This question was answered by @sierracircle:

you could try this:

make sure your user is a member of the www-data group:

sudo usermod -a -G www-data $USER

then give group permissions:

sudo chmod -R 775 /var/www

You can see the comment here.

I use MobaXterm and I was getting this error when trying to upload a file from my Windows XP file system to a CentOS 7.2 droplet. Error: “SFTP error #1: Permission denied”. I run Apache 2. After finding this document I tried the “sudo usermod -a -G www-data $USER” command and I got the response:

usermod: group 'www-data' does not exist

So I tried using this command:

$ sudo usermod -a -G www $USER

…and it worked. Also I checked the sudo file using: visudo but I didn’t see the user listed in the www group. But it seemed to work.

The above method DIDNT work for me on Ubuntu 18. It started giving me permission denied error instead.

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