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    Hi, can any one explain about SFTP, why sftp is used and how it is different from the usual FTP connection? Anyone using it on their own server?

  • #2
    Yes many users prefer to use SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP). SFTP provides file access, transfer, and management tools that resemble FTP through a secure SSH connection. However, SFTP is not merely FTP over SSH. Instead, it is an entirely separate protocol.


    • #3
      Okay I understand. Is it safe to enable SFTP for clients? I understand it will need another account creation for accessing SFTP?


      • #4
        Yes it is absolutely safe to use them they are secure. The user can access is using the account control panel logins. The hostname ofcourse will be the server IP like we use in any 3rd party FTP client.


        • #5
          Remember, there is no need to make any changes to the default installation of SSH, as it is able to use SFTP and SSH. It means, doing file transfer over SSH. In case you are facing issue like, SFTP isn’t running, then first of all check whether the below line is added to /etc/ssh/sshd_config file:

          Subsystem sftp /usr/libexec/openssh/sftp-server
          Note: Restart the SSH service if you make any changes.


          • #6
            SFTP stands for Secure File Transfer Protocol. The SFTP protocol's main purpose is to transfer data, but it is also used to obtain general access to the FTP server's file system. The SFTP protocol runs on a secure channel - no clear text passwords or file data are transferred.