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What is SFTP?

SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) is an encrypted file transfer method used to move files between your local computer and a file server.

When you are logged into a Lab computer, files that you save onto the hard drive will not remain after you log off of that machine. SFTP is especially helpful in storing files if you do not have a disk with you on which to save them. Once your files are stored using SFTP, you may later retrieve them to use on another computer.

The Student microcomputer Labs offer SFTP access to your home directory space through any computer in the Labs.

About Your Home Directory

As a student of the University of Texas at Dallas, you are allotted 50 megabytes of storage space in your home directory. Your home directory is already full of many different types of file and folders. Included are your web folders, storage data, and many personal preferences.

Files stored in you home directory public_html folder are later accessible using a web browser such as Internet Explorer from www.utdallas.edu/~netid, where netid is your university NetID. (You must set the proper file permissions to view the files online. Use Windows to assign security privileges or see How to Set Up Your Webpage.

Windows

These are the instructions for using SFTP to move files between your local computer and a file server on Windows. The Windows computers located in the Labs offer SFTP through a program named WinSCP.

If you do not already have access to WinSCP, you can download it at www.winscp.com. After downloading the program, follow the installation instructions below.

Step 1

  • Open WinSCP.
  • Enter giant.utdallas.edu for the Host Name.
  • Enter your NetID in the Username field.
  • Enter your Password in the Password field.
  • Click Login.

Step 2

  • Two authentication windows will pop-up. Click Yes in both.
  • You can now drag-and-drop files between your pc and your home directory.

Mac

These are the instructions for using SFTP to move files between your local computer and a file server on Macintosh. The Macintosh computers located in the Labs offer SFTP through a program named Fugu.

If you do not already have access to Fugu, you can download it at http://rsug.itd.umich.edu/software/fugu. After downloading the program, follow the installation instructions below.

Step 1

  • Open Fugu.
  • Connect to: giant.utdallas.edu
  • Username: NetID
  • Click Continue.

Step 2

  • Click Continue in the authentication pop-up.
  • Enter your Password in the Password pop-up and click Authenticate.
  • You can now drag-and-drop files between your pc and home directory.

UNIX

Using SFTP from any UNIX machine requires usage of the Terminal. It is assumed that you are familiar with basic UNIX commands.

To access your home directory using Terminal:

  • From Linux: Right-click on the desktop, select XShell >> Terminal.
    From Solaris: Right-click on the desktop, select Tools >> Terminal.

  • Enter sftp giant.utdallas.edu.

  • A few helpful UNIX commands in use with SFTP are:
    • pwd
    • cd [directory]

    • Is

    displays current directory path

    changes current directory to [directory]

    lists items in current directory