What Is Default SFTP Port and How To Change SFTP Port Number?

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SFTP is secure version of the FTP . SFTP provides encrypted channel with the remote server. This makes authentication and data transfer more secure than FTP. SFTP protocol is generally provided by SSH servers by default. In this tutorial we will learn the default SFTP port and how to change it to different one.

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SFTP Default Port TCP 22

SFTP is a subsystem of the SSH service or daemon. So this makes SFTP to listen TCP 22 port. We can use following sftp command to connect remote system sftp service.

SFTP Default Port TCP 22
SFTP Default Port TCP 22

Change Default SFTP Port

If we want to change default SFTP port we need to change SSH configuration which will also change default SSH port. We need to open SSH config file /etc/ssh/sshd_config and change

To whatever we want. In this example we change to the 2222 . This configuration will be more secure because it is harder to find by attackers.

Change Default SFTP Port
Change Default SFTP Port

After we changed the configuration  file we need to make active the new configuration. We should restart the SSH services which will reread the configuration file and use new SFTP port number. We will use systemctl command but other service management commands are welcomed.

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SSH Service

SFTP vs FTPS/SSL

As stated previous SFTP is a function of the SSH protocol. So it is different than FTP mechanism. As FTP is not a secure or encrypted protocol it provides some security mechanism like SSL tunnelling. FTPS or FTP SSL is secured version of FTP and shouldn’t be confused with SFTP. FTPS listen for regular FTP port 21 or whatever it is configured.

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