Using Secure File Transfer
Secure File Transfer (SFTP) allows you to access files stored on your N: drive or Mac/Unix home from any computer or mobile device connected to the internet. This means that you can start working on a file in a computer lab on campus, save it to the N drive, and then access the same file later from home on your laptop, tablet, or phone.
Quick connection settings are provided as reference for advanced users, followed by step-by-step instructions for first-time users. If you are new to SFTP, please start with the step-by-step instructions.
Quick Connection Settings
- Hostname: sftp.csbs.utah.edu
- Username: Your UNID (ie. u0123456)
- Password: Your campus password (the same one you use for CIS, UMail, etc.)
- Protocol: SFTP
- Port: 22
- First, you will need to obtain an SFTP client. There are many such clients for nearly every platform. A few options that we have used and like include:
- WinSCP (Windows only) - We install WinSCP on all Windows PCs that we support. Most users will want to download the "Installation package" listed on the link above.
- CyberDuck (Windows, OS X) - This is our recommended solution for Mac users. By default, you will need to make a few small settings changes to prevent some permissions problems on shared folders. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for details. Old versions are available by clicking Development on their home page. Version 4.6.5 is known to work out of the box.
- Transmit, FTP On The Go (iOS) - These are not free, but they're quality clients that we've tested with our servers.
- The following instructions and screenshots are from WinSCP running on Windows 7. There will be some minor variation between these screenshots if you're using a different client on a different operating system, but the general principles remain the same. Please contact CSBS Computing if you need specific instructions for your platform.
- Launch your SFTP client. In the case of WinSCP, this is accomplished by clicking Start->All
In WinSCP, you can immediately start entering the information below. In Cyberduck, you will first need to click "Open Connection"
- Type sftp.csbs.utah.edu as the host name/server name
- Type your UNID for the username (e.g. u0123456)
- Type the password that matches your UNID in the password field
- Ensure that Protocol is set to SFTP
- Ensure that Port number is set to 22
- Click "Connect" or "Login"
- If this is your first time logging in via SFTP, you will be prompted with "Host Identification". Click Yes
- You should now be connected. On the left you will see your local computer. On the
right you will see the contents of your network storage. It should look something
like the screenshot below:
- Though some SFTP clients will allow you to modify files directly off the server, we recommend downloading them to your local computer, editing them there, and then uploading back to the server. To transfer files to or from your network storage, you can drag and drop documents from the right pane to left pane to download, or from the left pane to right pane to upload.
Permission Settings for CyberDuck
By default, Cyberduck allows file permissions to change when you upload files to the server. This can cause problems, including preventing you (or others) from saving further files to those shared folders. To prevent this problem, please make the following changes.
First, enter CyberDuck preferences. On a PC, click on Edit-Permissions. On a Mac, it's CyberDuck-Preferences. Click on Transfers and then Permissions, and then make the following changes:
Change Uploads permissions for folders to Owner and Group to Read, Write, and Execute. Remove all permissions for Others.
Change Uploads permissions for files to Read and Write for Owner and Group. De-select any permissions for Others.
If you need more specific instructions, please contact CSBS Computing by calling 801-585-8985, or by submitting a help ticket to the CSBS helpdesk.