To get started, choose from the options above.

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.net. After downloading the program, follow the 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. Cyberduck is a commonly used free SFTP client for Mac computers. After downloading the program, follow the instructions below.

  • Open Cyberduck
  • Click Open Connection
  • Change the dropdown to SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol)
  • Enter the following information:
    • Server: giant.utdallas.edu
    • Username: Your NetID
    • Password: Your NetID Password
  • Click Connect
  • 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. You can also refer to this about.com reference page for useful SFTP 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.
    From Mac OS X: Click on the spotlight search in the top right corner. Enter Terminal in the search and open it

  • Enter sftp giant.utdallas.edu.
  • A few helpful UNIX commands in use with SFTP are:
    • pwd – print working directory – displays current directory path
    • cd [directory] – change directory – changes current directory to [directory]
    • ls – list items in current directory