How to Set Up FTP on Your Synology Nas

How to Set up FTP on Your Synology Nas

In order to use FTP on your Synology Nas you must first create an “FTP” user and activate FTP File services. Once the FTP user has been created, read the article where I explain the differences between FTP, SFTP and FTPS. These steps are mandatory if you want to become a real expert in using FTP on Synology. So, how to activate the FTP service and create an FTP user on your Synology Nas?

  • STEP 1

Go to Control Panel / File Services.

synology ftp file service 1

  • STEP 2

Go to FTP and Enable the service you need, the FTP service or the SSL/TLS (FTPS) service (non-encrypted or encrypted). I strongly recommend you activate the SFTP service (Read the difference between FTP – FTPS – SFTP). Follow the instructions in the image below:

SFTP-Synology

  • STEP 3

Port Forwarding on your router. Most people forget to activate port forwarding in their router settings. If the ports that point to your Synology device are not opened, all the services you have activated on those specific ports will not work. This is a step overlooked by many but essential for the perfect functioning of FTP. All you need to do is give your Synology device permissions on the FTP ports, both TCP-UDP, both to port 21 and port 22. Follow the instructions in the image below and remember that each router has a different design than the one presented in this image below.

Synology Ftp rounter configuration

  • STEP 4

Go to Control Panel/User and Click on Create and follow the instructions in the image below.

new ftp user 1

  • STEP 5

Set web folder permission to Read/Write. Follow the instructions in the image below.

new ftp user 2

  • STEP 6

Leave everything like that and click Next. Follow the instructions in the image below.

new ftp user 3

  • STEP 7

Allow FTP and follow the instructions in the image below.

new ftp user 4

  • STEP 8

Leave everything like that and click Next. Follow the instructions in the image below.

new ftp user 5

  • STEP 9

Leave everything like that and click Apply. Follow the instructions in the image below:

new ftp user 6

  • STEP 10

The FTP user has been correctly created.

new ftp user 7

Once you have correctly created your FTP user, you can try to connect to your Synology Nas using an FTP client like FileZilla.

filezilla client ftp synology

Enter the Host, Username and Password of the FTP user you have previously created on Synology Nas and port 22 for the SFTP protocol. After that, connect.

filezilla synology ftp credentials

Remember that you can create multiple FTP users with different permissions. For example, you can create an FTP user without the latter having the ability to delete files inside your Synology Nas, but can download and add everything without problems.

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