Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)

To remotely access your home and web directories on, and your shares on I:\research, you can use Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) after connecting to PSU’s Virtual Private Network (VPN). Learn how to connect to PSU's VPN at Connecting to VPN with Duo Two-Factor Authentication.

SFTP is required to access PSU services because regular File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is not secure and sends your username and password across the internet with no encryption.

Recommended applications for SFTP

To establish an SFTP connection, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) recommends the following applications:

  • WinSCP for Windows 
  • Cyberduck for macOS

If you’re using a PSU-owned, non-lab or classroom computer, one of these applications may already be installed. If neither is available, open the Self-Service Software application to download the application appropriate for your operating system.  

If you’re on a personal computer, you can install these applications by visiting the WinSCP for Windows download page or the Cyberduck download page for macOS. 

Setting up your SFTP connection

The Guides for Using WinSCP site provides instructions on how to connect to an SFTP server using WinSCP. The Cyberduck Help site offers its own support documentation, including a Quick Reference Guide to help you open an SFTP connection and transfer files.

Depending on which folders you wish to access, use the relevant settings from the table below. Enter your Odin username and password in the Username and Password fields.

Host name Port Access 22 Web/Unix Folders 22 Research Shares

If an "Unknown host key" dialogue box appears, ensure that the fingerprint that is listed matches the one in the table below.

Host name Fingerprint ssh-rsa 2048 ce:ad:90:50:22:aa:5e:3f:80:74:be:ed:6c:cb:6d:af ssh-rsa 2048 99:a4:c0:4b:70:1e:84:c4:a9:07:56:ea:40:09:2b:ae

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.