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Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)

You can use Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) to remotely access your H drive, I drive, and web/UNIX network folders from your home computer.

Note: File Transfer Protocol (FTP) that is not secure is no longer allowed to access PSU services. Using non-secure FTP sends your username and password across the internet with no encryption, meaning that anyone who cares to spy on your internet activity can see them and use them for malicious purposes.

Using FileZilla

FileZilla is the recommended program to use for establishing an SFTP connection. It works for PC and Mac, and does not require a VPN client.

  1. Download FileZilla:
    • If you are a PSU-owned computer running Windows, open the Self Service Software application and download FileZilla. (If you have a PSU-owned Mac, FileZilla may already be installed—check your Applications folder before checking Self Service Software.)
    • If you're on a personal computer, visit the FileZilla download page, and select the appropriate version for your computer. (Select the file the includes "mac" for Mac computers or "win" for Windows computers.)
  2. Run FileZilla and configure it by entering the following settings in the top of the application:
    • To Transfer Files in Your H & I Drives or Web/UNIX Folder:
      • Host: or
        Note:  If doesn't work, try Keep in mind that if you're off campus, connecting to the VPN will be required to use
      • Username: Your Odin username
      • Password: Your Odin password
      • Port: 22
    • To Transfer Files in Your Research Share:
  3. Press the Enter key.
  4. If a box appears asking if you trust the host you're connecting to, check the box that says "Always trust this host, add this key to the cache", then select OK.
  5. Use FileZilla to drag and drop files between your computer and your remote drives or folders.
    Note: If you only see your H and I drive folders and not your UNIX/web folder, contact the Helpdesk.
  6. Optional: If you are working in your PSU personal web space, return to the PSU Personal Web Space page.

Further Resources

If you receive an error message when trying to add files to your drives or folders, you may have run out of space and need to move or delete files. Visit H & I Drive Overview for more information about checking your H & I drive usage or visit Website Creation for more information about checking your web/UNIX folder usage.

Contact the Helpdesk for additional assistance.