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Create SFTP User on Linux

Edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config and make sure to add the following at the end of the file:

Match group groupsftp
ChrootDirectory %h
X11Forwarding no
AllowTcpForwarding no
ForceCommand internal-sftp

Restart OpenSSH:

 

sudo /etc/init.d/ssh restart

Add new group for SFTP-only users:

 

sudo addgroup groupsftp

Add new user (make sure to switch out someone in the following steps to your specified someone):

 

sudo adduser someone

Add user to new group and set permissions:

sudo usermod -G groupsftp someone
sudo chown root:root /home/someone
sudo chmod 755 /home/someone

Create directories for user and set final permissions:

cd /home/someone
sudo mkdir test_folder
sudo chown someone:someone *

Set permission to web root

sudo chown -R someone /var/www

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