Moving Files Using Secure FTP

Secure FTP

Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) is widely-used to transfer files between systems and servers. The UW Shared Web Hosting systems utilize this technology to allow users and administrators send files to and from their websites.  To place files on your website, you must have an active "Homer Account" or "Dante Account" service.  See the Activate Shared Web Hosting  page for information on how to do that.  Note that a Homer account includes an "ovid" account, while a Dante account includes a "vergil" account.  Use "ovid" or "vergil" as directed below.

When you activate your web publishing services, a shortcut called public_html is created in your home directory to make it easier to put files in your Web directory. Look for public_html when moving files to your Web directory. If you see a student_html shortcut as well, be sure to learn about the difference between the two links.

Generic Connection Settings

There are a wide array of SFTP clients available for use. These are generic settings that most clients will ask for when creating a connection.

Hostname/Server: vergil.u.washington.edu (students and RSOs); ovid.u.washington.edu (employees and shared NetIDs)

Port: 22

Protocol: SFTP/SSH

Username: NetID

Password: NetID Password

Directory: Leave blank; if required, try public_html

Obtaining Secure FTP (SFTP) Programs

Free SFTP programs are available from a number of sites on the Web. When downloading such programs, be VERY CAREFUL to read the complete text and especially the text for any checkboxes before clicking the download button. Otherwise you may unintentionally give the site permission to download and install other programs or adware; many such programs are malicious and very hard to remove. Also, do you really need to use SFTP? Better methods are now available for sharing files including Google Docs and Microsoft OneDrive for Business.

Last modified: February 23, 2015