Setup FTP Sub-Directory for Local Users

This section provides a tutorial example on how to setup 'ftp' sub-directory for local users and allow them upload and download files using vsftpd on CentOS systems.

With the vsftpd configuration presented in the previous tutorial, I am ready to create a "ftp" directory structure under my home directory for my to upload and download files.

1. Create ~/ftp sub-directory as my FTP home directory. Its ownership and permissions are changed to allow "vsftpd" to access.

herong$ sudo mkdir /home/herong/ftp

herong$ sudo chown nobody:nobody /home/herong/ftp

herong$ sudo chmod a-w /home/herong/ftp

herong$ sudo ls -l /home/herong
dr-xr-xr-x 2 nobody nobody 6 Jun 23 17:03 ftp

2. Create ~/ftp/files sub-directory with private access for uploading and downloading files.

herong$ sudo mkdir /home/herong/ftp/files

herong$ sudo chown herong:herong /home/herong/ftp/files

herong$ sudo ls -lah /home/herong/ftp/
dr-xr-xr-x 3 nobody nobody 19 Jun 23 17:08 .
drwx------ 3 herong herong 94 Jun 23 17:07 ..
drwxr-xr-x 2 herong herong  6 Jun 23 17:08 files

3. Add myself to the vsftpd allowed user list. Note that I am using "user_list" as the allowed user list, different than the default setting. So I have to remove all other users in this file.

herong$ cd /etc/vsftpd

herong$ sudo cp user_list user_list.bck

herong$ sudo vi user_list

# vsftpd userlist
# If userlist_deny=NO, only allow users in this file
# If userlist_deny=YES (default), never allow users in this file, and
# do not even prompt for a password.
# Note that the default vsftpd pam config also checks /etc/vsftpd/ftpusers
# for users that are denied.

4. Restart vsftpd server:

herong$ sudo systemctl restart vsftpd

My FTP access is ready. See next tutorial on how to test FTP access locally.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction to Linux Systems

 Cockpit - Web Portal for Administrator

 Process Management

 Files and Directories

 Users and Groups

 File Systems

 Block Devices and Partitions

 LVM (Logical Volume Manager)

 Installing CentOS

 SELinux - Security-Enhanced Linux

 Network Connection on CentOS

 Internet Networking Tools

 SSH Protocol and ssh/scp Commands

 Software Package Manager on CentOS - DNF and YUM

vsftpd - Very Secure FTP Daemon

 Install vsftpd on CentOS

 vsftpd Server Configuration

Setup FTP Sub-Directory for Local Users

 Test FTP Access Locally on CentOS

 Test FTP Access Remotely on CentOS

 Support FTP Over TLS on CentOS

 Disable SSH Access for FTP Users

 LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol)

 Administrative Tasks


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