Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm running ubuntu server and have apache installed as a web server. I'm letting my web developers upload files through sftp (ssh) to /var/www. I'm using www-data group to control access to /var/www folder. They are able to upload the files successfully but when they try to access that file in a browser, they get a 403 forbidden error.

How do I make sure that when the files are uploaded, the permissions are set right?

share|improve this question
up vote 3 down vote accepted

From a terminal, type

sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/

If that still doesn't work, try

sudo chown www-data /var/www

Failing this, post the output of ls -l /var so we can rule out file permissions.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.