Using SFTP with WinSCP, Filezilla, and CyberDuck

These instructions show you how to use WinSCP, which is installed on all of the OIT computing labs and is available for home computer download from AU Install, to SFTP Files to your Auburn University web space. If you use a Mac computer Filezilla and CyberDuck are comparable options to WinSCP. The settings below will work with them too.

Follow these steps:

  1. If you are off-campus or on AU_WiFi, you will first need to connect via an VPN connection.
  2. Open the WinSCP program. The Login Dialog window will open automatically.
  3. Choose the File protocol SFTP.
  4. In the Enter host text box, type (in some other FTP programs you may have to use s
  5. The port number should be set to 22.
  6. In the Enter username and Enter password text boxes, enter your username and password.
  7. Optional Step: On the left select Environment > Directories. For the Remote directory enter your desired server path (ex. /home/home1X/username/public_html/, which is the path to your individual home space OR /export/vol2/httpd/htdocs/, which is the main auburn web directory), then press OK.  And if you get a message relating to cacheing, press "OK."
    Note: the "X" in /home/home1X/username/public_html/ could be a 3 or a 4 and the "username" is your Auburn university username
  8. The Connection Screen is where you transfer your files. The left side contains the drives, directories, and files on your computer while the right has those of the remote computer/server (in this case that you're logged into.
  9. To transfer a file, click once to select an item and then click on an option at the bottom of the screen or just drag the item. Use the folder followed by two dots, "..", to go back/up a directory.
  10. To change the permissions of files, right-click the item on the remote server side of the screen and select "properties."  Make sure that all files and folders are "world [Other] readable" (folders are at least 755 and files are at least 644).