I just installed Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid) x64 with LAMP on my VPS server. How can I connect to the server using FTP to upload my files?


Do you connect using SSH? If so...use filezilla on your client desktop. No need to install anything on the server. Connect to the server on port 22 (not 21).


  • No need to setup a user first on the server side? What will be my username and password when I'm trying to connect? – Maxxon Jan 31 '11 at 0:31
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    +1 Much easer than my Idea. – Jacob Jan 31 '11 at 0:32
  • @Maxxon Root and whatever your root Password. – Jacob Jan 31 '11 at 0:33
  • Oh, thanks! This is working. But why port 22 and not 21? Port 21 really does not work. – Maxxon Jan 31 '11 at 0:40
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    Not sure why you didn't have to specify SFTP, but if it works good :) The reason port 21 isn't working is that it requires an FTP service to be configured and a user setup with access to FTP (root usually can't by default). SFTP (port 22) actually emulates FTP by running the commands over SSH. – James L Jan 31 '11 at 0:52

You more than likely unless it is already setup install an FTP server I'd suggest ProFTP did your VPS come with an control panel or just SSH? If t came with no control panel take a look at webmin. Both of those are free.

  • Thanks Jacob, I got an embedded terminal/console stuff. I'm also able to install ispmanager for free which is a control panel. But now I am curious how to make it from terminal? Do I need to install an FTP server, or is it already installed? If so, how can I access it from my desktop computer? – Maxxon Jan 31 '11 at 0:11
  • Its doubtful its installed, I'd install webmin first and that will install your FTP, what OS do you run? – Jacob Jan 31 '11 at 0:16
  • @Jacob see question(Ubuntu 10.04) – alvosu Jan 31 '11 at 0:19
  • Are you asking my desktop OS or server OS ? I'm running Mac OS X Snow Leopard on my Macbook Pro, but I run Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid) x64 with LAMP on my vps server. – Maxxon Jan 31 '11 at 0:20
  • Do I need to make a user first on my server to be able to connect it with ftp? – Maxxon Jan 31 '11 at 0:27

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