How to Set Up an SFTP Server on Linux

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These steps walk you through the process of setting up an SFTP server on Linux for the secure transfer of files for specialized file transfer-only users.

CentOS 7 or any Linux server distribution is a very powerful server that performs above and beyond what your business might need. Whatever task you throw at the server, it will be ready. And, if it isn’t ready out of the box, you can make it so.

Take, for instance, the ability to easily configure CentOS 7 to work as an SFTP server. If you aren’t sure about SFTP, it is the FTP service built into Secure Shell (SSH), which allows users to securely push and pull files to and from the server, using SSH. With CentOS 7, there’s no third party software to install to make this work—everything is installed out of the box. There is, however, a slight bit of work to be done to get this configured.

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