Configuring www folder on Ubuntu (Amazon EC2)

September 5, 2011 · Posted in Development 

After running Amazon EC2 instance with Ubuntu Linux you may have problems with permissions on /var/www/ folder.

Your default user you login to Amazon instance may have no permissions to create files in www folder. To fix this you need to add your user to www-data group (on Ubuntu).

 

To best share with multiple users who should be able to write in /var/www, it should be assigned a common group.

The default group for web content on Ubuntu and Debian is www-data.

Make sure all the users who need write access to /var/www are in this group.

sudo usermod -a -G www-data <some_user>

Then set the correct permissions on /var/www.

sudo chgrp -R www-data /var/www sudo chmod -R g+w /var/www

Additionally, you should make the directory and all directories below it “set GID”, so that all new files and directories created under /var/www are owned by the www-data group.

sudo find /var/www -type d -exec chmod 2775 {} \;

Find all files in /var/www and add read and write permission for owner and group:

sudo find /var/www -type f -exec chmod ug+rw {} \;
These instructions were found here.

Comments

  • http://www.wordimpressed.com Devin Walker

    Very helpful, thanks! I’m an AWS noob…

  • SB

    Me too

  • ajay

    How can you restrict users to delete file from /var/www/html ?