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: (students and RSOs); (employees and shared NetIDs)

Port: 22

Protocol: SFTP/SSH

Username: NetID

Password: NetID Password

Directory: Leave blank; if required, try public_html

Using FileZilla

FileZilla is a cross-platform, open-source, and free file transfer client. We recommend its use for transferring files to and from the Shared Web Hosting servers. You can learn more and download FileZilla at

Transferring Files using FileZilla

  1. Open FileZilla

  2. If you are a student, type in as your host; otherwise, type in

  3. Enter in your NetID and password.

  4. For port, type in "22."

  5. Click on "Quick Connect." It may ask you for confirmation regarding the server. Accept the dialogue.

  6. Click on "public_html" on the right side of the window. This will open your public_html folder.

  7. You can drag files back and forth between your local system (on the left pane), and the remote server (on the right pane).

Last modified: September 25, 2013