Configure Firewall with UFW on Ubuntu 20.04

A firewall is a network security system that monitors and controls incoming and outgoing network traffic based on predetermined security rules. Firewalls have been a first line of defense in network security. In this tutorial, you will learn how to configure Firewall with UFW on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

UFW is an abbreviated to an Uncomplicated FireWall. UFW is easy to implement and highly recommended to secure a network. The default firewall configuration tool for Ubuntu is ufw. It provides a user friendly way to create an IPv4 or IPv6 host-based firewall. By default UFW is disabled.


  • Ubuntu 20.04/18.04 (Any debian based system)
  • User with sudo privileges
  • Fast Internet Connection
  • Command Line Terminal

Step:1. Default UFW Policies

You can get the status of ufw whether firewall running on not using following commands.

Sample output must be look like below as we told earlier that by default UFW is disabled.

It is always a better policy that closes all ports on the server and open only required ports. Let’s block all incoming connection and only allow outgoing connections from our Ubuntu 20.04 LTS box with following commands.

Step:2. Enabling UFW

As told earlier ufw is disabled by default. UFW can be enabled by using below command,

Sample Output:

Once ufw enabled, it runs across system restarts. We can verify that easily as follows,

  • Disabling UFW

If you need to stop the firewall and disable on system startup, then use below commands,

Sample outputs:

Step:3. Open Specific Incoming Connections/Ports

  • Open SSH TCP Port 22 Connections

Our next step is to allow incoming SSH ports. We can open SSH TCP port 22 using UFW as follows:

However, we can write the equivalent rule by specifying the port number instead of service name. We can allow ports using below command,

If you are running ssh on other TCP port than default port. for instance, port 2222 then use below command,

Few admins have a static IP address at home or office location. In that case, only allow ssh access from that static IP address such as to Ubuntu server IP address such as,

To check whether the port is open in ufw firewall, then use follows command,

Step:4. Allowing Other Connections

Here, you should allow other connections that your server needs to respond to. The connections that you should allow totally depends on your specific needs. Let’s add more rules. Say you want to open ports and allow IP address with ufw.

The syntax is as follows to open TCP port 80 and 443 with ufw:

Next try to open UDP/1194 (OpenVPN) server:

  • Allow Port Ranges with UFW

We can allow port ranges too, for instance, tcp and udp 2000 to 3000:

  • Allowing Specific IP Addresses

Suppose, you need to allow ALL connections from an specific IP address called, please use below commands,

Let’s allow connections from an IP address called to port 25, then use below commands,

You can set destination IP Addr for port 25 too using as follows,

  • Connections to Specific Network Interface

You should look up your network interfaces before continuing. To do so, use below command,

If your server has a public network interface called ens33, you could allow HTTP traffic (port 80) to it with follows command,

If you want your MySQL database server (port 3306) to listen for connections on the private network interface eth1, for instance, you could use below command,

Step:5. Block or Deny Incoming Connections/Ports

If you want to close ports and block certain IP addresses. The syntax is to deny access as below.

Let’s suppose, you want to deny all connections from an IP address called, then use below commands,

Denying all connections from an IP/subnet called, use follows command,

Generally, it happens someone trying to intrude your infra. Then you can block that particular IP Addr (let’s say Hacker’s IP on port 22) then go with below commands,

Step:6. Verifying the Status of UFW

You can see the status of UFW using below command,

  • UFW Delete Rules

As you already learned how to add, deny, and list the firewall rules. It is time to delete unwanted rules.

The syntax is to list all of the current rules in a numbered format using follows command,

To delete 5th rule type the command,

Deleting By Actual Rule using below command,

Step:7. More Commands related to UFW

Let’s learn more commands related to UFW.

  • Reload the ufw
  • Reset the ufw
  • View the Firewall Logs

By default all UFW entries are logged into /var/log/ufw.log file. Use the NA command/more command/tail command and other commands to view the ufw logs:

  • Show the list of rules


Hence, you learned how To configure Firewall with UFW on Ubuntu. I hope you learned all aspects of UFW.

Read Also : How to Install Zabbix Server 5.0 on Ubuntu 20.04



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Hi Guys, This is Ravi. I am AWS and Oracle Certified Solution Architect Associate. I love to write technical blogs on my blogging site .