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Setup FTP for Amazon Cloud Server

Step 1: Open port for FTP

Firstly, log in AWS EC2 Management Console. Then click Security Groups, choose “Security Groups” and then choose tab “Inbound” as the following picture:

When you click on Edit, it will show up a table for editing port. Now we add 2 lines for Custom TCP Rule, with the port numbers are 21 và 1024-1048 respectively. At column “Source”, choose “Anywhere”

FInally, just hit “Save”.

Step 2: Set up server FTP

Connect SSH to server and set up vsftpdFor Ubuntu: apt-get install vsftpd, for Centos: yum install vsftpd.

Now fix the config file of vsftpd 

# vim /etc/vsfptd.conf

There are some lines which are commented have # at the beginning. So configure these following parameters: 

pasv_address=<Public IP of instance seen on website amazon>

Restart Service:

# service vsftpd restart 

Step 3: Create User FTP

In Linux server, type this command: adduser <username>. Here, the command prompt requires adding password for this new user twice. Remember to type it exactly.

Add new user to the Usergroup (in case the new account is not allowed to create/edit/view file in the folder)

# usermod -a -G <groupname> <username>

When adding completed, you can check again to verify the groups containing that user by # groups <username>

Step 4: Configure the default folder for FTP user

You just need to follow this form:

# usermod -d /var/www/public_html/ <username>

All done. Now you can test again by connecting FTP with the new account. Leave a comment if you have any trouble doing this and we will find a way to solve it.

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