Uploading files via FileZilla ending in failure

Posted August 16, 2014 72.3k views

I was trying to upload a website that I’ve created onto a droplet server. Was able to login via FTP just fine (through FileZilla). When I tried moving my files to the /var/www directory it refused to upload the file. The reason for file transfer failure was that the directory was open for write: permission denied.

Here is the log:
Status: Starting upload of /Users/andrewp/Documents/FreelanceProjects/TechArtista+Kyte/kytesite/kytesite.html
Status: Retrieving directory listing…
Command: ls
Status: Listing directory /var/www/html
Command: put “/Users/andrewp/Documents/Freelance
Projects/TechArtista+Kyte/kytesite/kytesite.html” “kytesite.html”
Error: /var/www/html/kyte
site.html: open for write: permission denied
Error: File transfer failed
Status: Retrieving directory listing…
Command: ls
Status: Listing directory /var/www/html
Status: Directory listing successful

More details:

  • My droplet is running Ubuntu 12.04 and I’ve installed LAMP stack.
  • I connected via SFTP, (port 22) on FileZilla

This is the first time I’ve done anything like this so help would be great :)

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Hello! If you connect to the droplet through SSH and run the following command, that should allow permissions for the folder:

sudo chown user /var/www

Replacing “user” with the actual username you are using for SFTP. I hope this helps!

I set ssh and made connection with filezilla but getting same error:

File transfer failed

I ran the above commands but it didnt work until i tried the solution found here: