Azure FTP 550 - Access is Denied

So, I encountered this for the first time today, the context being a colleague wanted to quickly FTP some files up to an Azure Web app. However no matter what directory they tried, they always got the same error:

Initially I thought they must be a permission missing from the user account, however they had got the credentials from a .PublishSettings for the web app in question


Within the XML of the publish settings file, there’s a profile entry for a [insert app name] - Readonly - FTP. This contains credentials for read only access, an easy mistake since depending on your editor, the XML file might be 1 long line. The correct FTP publish section will just have the word FTP.

Hope that saves someone some time!

Ash Grennan
Ash Grennan
Snr Software Engineer

Deliver value first, empower teams to make technical decisions. Snr Engineer @ Moonpig, hold a BSc & MSc in software engineering & certified AWS Solutions Architect (LinkedIn). A fan of Serverless computing, distributed systems, and anything published by 🧡