Accessing the Server

Accessing the CS Server

CS uses secure protocols for communication. There is a variety of software that can be used to access the server. If you are a Linux user, use ssh, scp and sftp (available with the standard distributions) on the command line or look for those options in GUI-based software (try FileZilla or gftp).

Ubuntu users are encouraged to start their file browser and then select File -> Connect to Server. In the Server box, put Change the type to SSH and add your CS Server user name and password. For the folder put /home/<yourUserName> and pick connect. Now you can access your server files as if they were on the local machine.  Bookmark the connection for quicker access in the future.

Windows clients can either obtain a commercial secure shell product or use an Open Source product. Some students have reported success using PuTTY as a Windows client. There is also a free sftp Windows client available from FileZilla. There is also a non-free, but no-cost sftp Windows client available from CORE FTP. Mac OS X users might consider using Fugu.


Filezilla is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface. It works under Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.  To access the CS server use as the host and port 22.


WinSCP is an open-source FTP, SCP, FTPS and FTP client for Windows.


CORE FTP secure FTP client gives you a fast, easy, reliable way to update and maintain your website via FTP. It also provides a secure method (via SSL, TLS, or SFTP) to upload / download files to and from FTP servers. Check out the list of features, and you’ll find almost every feature you need, all in a free ftp program. There are no popup ads, advertising or spyware, and you’re never asked or reminded to register.


Fugu is a graphical front end to the command line Secure File Transfer application (SFTP). SFTP is similar to FTP, but unlike FTP, the entire session is encrypted, meaning no passwords are sent in cleartext form, and it is thus much less vulnerable to third-party interception.


PuTTY is an SSH and telnet client, developed originally by Simon Tatham for the Windows platform. PuTTY is open source software that is available with source code and is developed and supported by a group of volunteers.


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