Quick Tutorial: How to Configure the Uncomplicated Firewall on Linux

Uncomplicated Firewall or ufw, is a simple and easy way of configuring network rules on your Linux-based system. This tutorial tells the user how to configure the Uncomplicated Firewall (ufw) on Linux to reduce the attack surface. A firewall is the first line of defense to remove large attack vectors if configured correctly. iptables is another option that can be used on Linux to configure firewall rules.


ufw is preinstalled on Ubuntu flavor, if not installed use the below command for installation:

sudo apt install ufw

(1) Identify the status of ufw with superuser permission

sudo ufw status

(2) If disabled, use ufw enable command to enable it.

Remember to run the command with sudo.

sudo ufw enable

(3) Block every traffic that is coming inside

sudo ufw default deny incoming

(4) Allow everything which is going outside

sudo ufw default allow outgoing

(5) To check the status of ufw

sudo ufw status verbose

(6) Allow traffic to a specific port

sudo ufw allow 8000/tcp

(7) Deny traffic to a specific port

sudo ufw delete allow 8000/tcp

(8) Enable logging

sudo ufw logging on

(9) To block traffic from specific IP

sudo ufw deny from

(10) To allow a range of TCP ports

sudo ufw allow 2000:3000/tcp

(11) To allow a range of UDP ports

sudo ufw allow 2000:3000/udp

(12) To delete a specific rule

Two options are available, you can delete it by motioning the protocol name

sudo ufw delete allow ssh


You can delete it by using the numbering of rules by using the below command and then using number to delete a particular rule

sudo ufw status numbered
sudo ufw delete 2

(13) To turn off ufw

sudo ufw disable

(14 To reset ufw - going back to the initial state

sudo ufw reset

(15) If you need to see more options, just check the manual



ufw is easy to configure and a very effective firewall. If you are not using it, use it and comment if encountered any other command which I missed it in this tutorial.

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Disclaimer: This tutorial is for educational purpose only. Individual is solely responsible for any illegal act.

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