Setup a SFTP server on ubuntu under 1 minute
SFTP is a great choice to securely transfer file accross a network. The most ubiquitous SFTP server there is is openssh which we will be installing in this guide.
Assuming the machine you run your server from is running ubuntu, open up a terminal and type:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading state information... Done
Updating certificates in /etc/ssl/certs...
0 added, 0 removed; done.
Running hooks in /etc/ca-certificates/update.d...
~/$ sudo service ssh start
* Starting OpenBSD Secure Shell server sshd [ OK ]
You’re done. By default this server will use the user / password setup in your machine.
Making it more fancy
By default this server will use the user / password setup in your machine so you can use standard tools to manage users like this:
Adding user `test' ...
Adding new group `test' (1000) ...
Adding new user `test' (1000) with group `test' ...
Creating home directory `/home/test' ...
Copying files from `/etc/skel' ...
Retype new password:
passwd: password updated successfully
Changing the user information for test
Enter the new value, or press ENTER for the default
Full Name :
Room Number :
Work Phone :
Home Phone :
Is the information correct? [Y/n] Y
~/$ sudo deluser test
Removing user `test' ...
Warning: group `test' has no more members.
There’s tons of configuration options you can opt in from this server config file located under
/etc/ssh/sshd_config. If you make some change, don’t forget to restart the server:
* Restarting OpenBSD Secure Shell server sshd [ OK ]