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SSH File Transfer Program (SFTP) Guide

SSH File Transfer Protocol (also Secure File Transfer Protocol, or SFTP) is a network protocol that provides file access, transfer, and management on remote file systems. Unlike standard File Transfer Protocol (FTP), SFTP encrypts both commands and data, preventing passwords and sensitive information from being transmitted in the clear over a network.

At NYU, we require SFTP for file transfers, and recommend using a graphical SFTP program for access to the web server. ITS distributes Fetch software (for Macintosh), and the NYU Web Team supports Fugu for Macintosh, and WinSCP for PC.  While you may use other programs, such as Cyberduck, Dreamweaver, and Transmit, they are not supported by the NYU Web Team.

You may also manage your file permissions using your SFTP client.   

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Many of the resources in this guide are specific to the main (non-CMS) NYU Web server,, accessed through an account on the machine. If you have questions about a site that is not on this server, please contact your school's webmaster or write to for more information.

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