Advanced UFW Firewall Configuration in Ubuntu 22.04

Various Linux distributions such as Ubuntu 22.04 utilize an Uncomplicated Firewall or UFW for the management of the machine’s network connections and web traffic. It is also used for controlling the traffic by setting up multiple rules for the incoming and outgoing network traffic on all or specific ports of a system.

This blog will discuss how to perform advanced UFW configuration in Ubuntu 22.04:

Let’s get started!

How to perform advanced UFW configuration in Ubuntu 22.04 using terminal

Before jumping into the procedure to perform advanced UFW configuration, it is essential to install UFW in your Ubuntu 22.04.

Follow the below-given instruction to install and configure UFW in Ubuntu 22.04 using the terminal.

Step 1: Update system packages

First of all, hit “CTRL+ALT+T” and run the below-given command for updating the system packages:

$ sudo apt update

Step 2: Install UFW

Next, execute the provided command for the installation of UFW:

$ sudo apt install ufw -y

Step 3: Check UFW status

After successfully installing UFW, check out its status on your system:

$ sudo ufw status

The given output indicates that UFW is currently “inactive” on our Ubuntu 22.04:

Step 4: Enable UFW

Now, it’s time to enable UFW with the help of the following command:

$ sudo ufw enable

Step 5: Disable UFW

In case, if you want to disable UFW, then utilize the below-given command in your Ubuntu 22.04 terminal:

$ sudo ufw disable

Step 6: Allow traffic

Ubuntu 22.04 permits you to define UFW rules using service name or port number. For instance, to allow incoming connections for port “80”, we will execute the following command:

$ sudo ufw allow 80

Step 7: Check status

Again, verifying UFW status will let you know if the proceeding operation was successfully performed:

$ sudo ufw status

As you can see, port “80” is allowed to accept incoming connections from “Anywhere”:

Step 8: Deny traffic

Similarly, the “ufw” command with the “deny” option can be utilized for denying the traffic for port “80”:

$ sudo ufw deny 80

Step 9: Check UFW list

For the purpose of UFW application list, run the provided command:

$ sudo ufw app list

Step 10: Open UFW configuration file

We will now verify if the “IPv6” is working perfectly with UFW or not. To do so, open the UFW configuration file in the “nano” editor:

$ sudo nano /etc/default/ufw

Then look for the line stating “IPV6” and assign “yes” as its value:

Step 11: Restart UFW

After performing the required changes, restart UFW by writing out the following command:

$ sudo systemctl restart ufw

Lastly, check the status of UFW:

$ sudo systemctl status ufw

The given output shows that UFW is currently active and running on our Ubuntu 22.04 system:

Now, let’s check out the method of configuring the advanced settings of UFW using the GUI application.

How to perform Advanced UFW Configuration in Ubuntu 22.04 using GUI

As Ubuntu 22.04 user, you can also perform the advanced configuration of UFW using its GUI application. Want to try it out? Hit “CTRL+ALT+T” and execute the provided command for the installation of UFW GUI application named “gufw”:

$ sudo apt install gufw -y

After successfully installing “gufw”, launch it on your system by searching “Firewall Configuration” in the “Activities” menu and open it from there:

Then, specify your system password for the authentication purpose:

The main interface of “gufw” GUI UFW application will look like this:

To enable the UFW Firewall, enable the highlighted “Status” toggle:

Similarly, select the required option for the “Incoming” and “Outgoing” connections:

In our case, we have denied all incoming connection and allowed UFW to accept outgoing connections:

How to uninstall UFW in Ubuntu 22.04

For the uninstallation of UFW in 22.04, write out the provided command in the terminal:

$ sudo apt purge gufw ufw -y

We have compiled the easiest method to perform advanced UFW configuration in Ubuntu 22.04 using the terminal and its GUI application.


For the purpose of performing advanced UFW configuration in Ubuntu 22.04, firstly install UFW. Then, verify its status with command, enable it on your system, and allow or block incoming or outgoing connections. Furthermore, you can open the “UFW” configuration file and perform the required changes. Also, to use the “gufw” GUI UFW application, install and launch to configured UFW using GUI. This blog demonstrated the procedure of performing advanced UFW configuration in Ubuntu 22.04.

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Sharqa Hameed

I am a Linux enthusiast, I love to read Every Linux blog on the internet. I hold masters degree in computer science and am passionate about learning and teaching.