How to Set Up and Use a Basic Firewall on Linux


UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall) is a user-friendly front-end for managing iptables firewall rules on Linux systems. It simplifies the process of configuring and managing a firewall, making it suitable for beginners and advanced users alike. This guide will show you how to set up and use UFW to secure your Linux system.

Using UFW

Step 1: Open Terminal

Open the terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on your keyboard or by searching for it in the applications menu.

Step 2: Install UFW

UFW is usually installed by default on Ubuntu and its derivatives. If it’s not installed, you can install it using the package manager specific to your distribution:

On Debian/Ubuntu-based systems:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install ufw

On Fedora/RPM-based systems:

sudo dnf update && sudo dnf install ufw

On openSUSE systems:

sudo zypper install ufw

On Arch-based systems:

sudo pacman -Syu && sudo pacman -S ufw

Step 3: Enable UFW

Before enabling UFW, it’s a good idea to ensure that SSH connections are allowed to prevent being locked out of your system. To allow SSH connections, run:

sudo ufw allow ssh

Now, enable UFW by running:

sudo ufw enable

To check the status of UFW, run:

sudo ufw status verbose

Step 4: Configure UFW Rules

You can configure UFW rules to allow or deny traffic based on various criteria, such as port number, protocol, or IP address.

To allow traffic on a specific port, use the following command:

sudo ufw allow [port_number]

For example, to allow HTTP traffic on port 80:

sudo ufw allow 80

To deny traffic on a specific port, use the following command:

sudo ufw deny [port_number]

For example, to deny FTP traffic on port 21:

sudo ufw deny 21

You can also specify the protocol (TCP or UDP) when creating rules:

sudo ufw allow [port_number]/[protocol]

For example, to allow UDP traffic on port 53 (DNS):

sudo ufw allow 53/udp

Step 5: Delete UFW Rules

To delete a UFW rule, use the following command:

sudo ufw delete [rule]

For example, to delete the rule allowing HTTP traffic on port 80:

sudo ufw delete allow 80


UFW is a simple yet powerful tool for managing iptables firewall rules on Linux systems. By setting up and configuring UFW, you can enhance the security of your Linux system by controlling the traffic that enters and leaves your network.

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