Getting Started With SSH & SFTP

Everything you need to start using SSH should either be on your computer already, or is available via the Compute at the U website.


For Microsoft Windows, we recommend that you use PuTTY and WinSCP, available in a bundled installer package at the Compute at the U website.

Please see the following for instructions on the operation of PuTTY client and the WinSCP Secure File Transfer client.


Mac OS X comes with SSH installed, and it is usually invoked from a Terminal window by typing one of the following commands. (To run the Terminal application, go to: Applications>Utilities>Terminal)




If your user name on your Mac is different from your uniqname, please use your uniqname as the user name to connect to the Login or SCS machines. To do so, substitute uniqname with your uniqname in the command below:


In Mac OS X, a command line alternative for doing secure file transfers is to run scp in a Terminal window. To transfer a file from your Mac to your AFS home directory on the Login machines, type the following command and substitute file with the correct file name and user with your uniqname.

scp file


Free UNIX-like systems such as Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and (notably) OpenBSD have long benefitted from integrated OpenSSH support. On those machines, users will usually only have to switch from running telnet to running ssh in the command shell and using scp instead of ftp. Users of commercial UNIX variants desiring Secure Shell support are advised to contact their vendor(s).