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Using SFTP(FileZilla) with new user gets permission denied error

I have LEMP stack setup on Ubuntu and installed WordPress.

I followed tutorial to create new user beside root and been using for setting up the server. Now I’m trying to upload some files through SFTP using FileZilla and keep getting permission denied error.

My current permission is set to drwxr-xr-x 5 www-data www-data 4096 Dec 24 00:47 /var/www/html

I tried

  • Make sure that your /var/www directory is owned by www-data:www-data. to do that, execute sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www on your terminal.
  • Make sure that your user is part of the www-data:www-data group. Run sudo usermod -a -G www-data username.

But still getting the permission error.

I know my new user can write with sudo command in terminal but on FileZilla it does not use sudo command and gives permission denied error.

Using root account will solve the issue but I want to know secure way to do this with new user.

How do I make new user to be able to upload files via SFTP? Is it possible? It not what is the others ways to do this?

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I found an answer on this page on comment section. Look for the comment made by sugarhill.

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/questions/why-doesn-t-chown-r-root-www-data-work-on-my-wordpress-installation


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If you use serverpilot - then use this command below: sudo chown -R serverpilot:serverpilot /srv/users/serverpilot/apps replace serverpilot in the command above with the name of the system user.

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I found an answer on this page on comment section. Look for the comment made by sugarhill.

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/questions/why-doesn-t-chown-r-root-www-data-work-on-my-wordpress-installation

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