Ubuntu 20.04 create user with access to a single directory


I created an Ubuntu 20.04 droplet and I want to create a user with SSH and SFTP access to a single directory, which will be the root of that user’s web directory.

I added the user using

sudo useradd -d /mnt/volume_nyc1_01/html/www mcl06
sudo passwd mcl06

SSH and SFTP ok, but he can browse the top directories, I want to limit access to only that directory

mcl06:mcl06 on www

Can someone help me?

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Hi @vtfarah,

You’ll need to uncomment the chroot to prevent the FTP-connected user from accessing any files or commands outside the directory tree. You can find the said line in the /etc/vsftpd.conf file


If you need to do anything else, I’ll recommend checking out the following article :

Regards, KFSys