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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: SFTP is required to access PSU services because regular File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is not secure. 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're on 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, as indicated in the image below.)
  2. Run FileZilla.
  3. Depending on which folders you wish to access, enter the relevant settings from the table below. Use your Odin username and password in the Username and Password fields.
    Host Port Access
    sftp.myfiles.pdx.edu 22 H & I Drives
    Web/Unix Folders
    odin.pdx.edu 22 Web/Unix Folders
    research.pdx.edu 22 Research Shares
  4. Select Quickconnect.
  5. If an "Unknown host key" dialogue box appears, ensure that the fingerprint that is listed matches the one in the table below.
    Host Fingerprint
    sftp.myfiles.pdx.edu ssh-rsa 2048 63:87:b2:e3:0c:dc:0c:f4:96:23:32:b4:82:65:81:5b
    odin.pdx.edu ssh-rsa 2048 ce:ad:90:50:22:aa:5e:3f:80:74:be:ed:6c:cb:6d:af
    research.pdx.edu ssh-rsa 2048 99:a4:c0:4b:70:1e:84:c4:a9:07:56:ea:40:09:2b:ae

    1. Check the box that says "Always trust this host, add this key to the cache."
    2. Select OK.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.