mFile Retirement FAQ

Overview

What is the difference between mFile and AFS?

mFile is a website that allows people to access files that they have stored in AFS (Andrew File System). mFile is being retired on May 2, 2022 but AFS will continue to remain available.

Will I lose my AFS files when mFile goes away?

No, your files in AFS will still be accessible via Cyberduck, WinSCP, or other tools of your choice. Note: U-M only provides support for Cyberduck and WinSCP.

What does ITS recommend to use in place of mFile?

If you are a macOS or Linux user:

  • You can use Cyberduck to access AFS Files.
  • You can use your computer’s built-in SSH client to perform tasks such as managing AFS file sharing permissions or setting up websites.

If you are Windows user:

  • You can use either Cyberduck or WinSCP to access AFS Files.
  • You can use either PuTTY or your computer’s built-in SSH client to perform tasks such as managing AFS file sharing permissions or setting up websites.

See mFile vs Cyberduck comparison chart for more information.

How do I change who can access my AFS files when mFile goes away?

Follow the instructions on the ITS website to share some or all of your files in AFS with specific U-M people or groups.

mFile had tools for migrating all my files out of AFS. What happened to those?

You can use Cyberduck to migrate all of your AFS files and folders to your computer, U-M Google Drive, U-M Dropbox, or any of the other destinations that Cyberduck is able to access.

AFS migration tools for Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, and Linux are still available on the ITS website.

AFS migration tools for Box and Google Drive are no longer available.

Cyberduck

Can Cyberduck support Protected Health Information (PHI/HIPAA)?

AFS is not approved for PHI/HIPAA data. See the ITS Sensitive Data Guide for permitted uses of AFS. However, Cyberduck can be used to access PHI stored in either Dropbox at U-M or Turbo Research Storage.

Why is Cyberduck prompting me to donate? Do I need to pay?

No, you do not have to donate or pay for Cyberduck. Cyberduck is a free software that is available worldwide. Development and maintenance of the software is supported through voluntary donations from people who use the software. Cyberduck authors are not affiliated with the University of Michigan.