Unable to transfer files through WinSCP: Permission Denied

Posted August 29, 2014 25.4k views

I just set up my server, created a new user, and blocked login access to the root user. I’m now trying to transfer my files (through WinSCP SFTP) to my server using the new user, but it says “permission denied” when I try to transfer the files.

How do I give permissions to the new user in specific directories so that I can transfer my files?

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If the user that you are attempting to copy file over with doesn’t have access to the folder, you’ll need to copy the files into their home directory. Then log into the server using SSH and copy the files to their final destination using sudo Also remember to set the permissions correctly after moving them.