Getting Started with SFTP/SSH Clients to Access AFS


SSH, PuTTY, Terminal, ITS Login Service, WinSCP, Cyberduck


Installation and information on access methods for AFS. 


Connecting to SFTP: Any connection using SFTP protocol will require an on campus connection, or the use of the U-M VPN.

Faculty including Emerita/Emeritus, Staff, Students, and Sponsored Affiliates

In order to access AFS space, the use of an SFTP client is necessary.  If files need to be modified within AFS space, a SSH client can be used. Information about using AFS space can be found here:

  • Cyberduck is an SFTP client available for Windows and macOS computers
  • WinSCP is an SFTP client for Windows computers
  • PuTTY is an SSH client for Windows computers
  • Built-In SSH is a command-line version of SSH that you can use in a terminal window that comes built in on macOS, Linux, and newer Windows systems

Alumni and Retirees

Additional Information

  • Can be installed on managed (MiWorkspace, PaaS) or personal machines.
  • Older SFTP/SSH clients may not be able to connect to newer servers (RHEL8 servers in particular).

Need additional information or assistance? Contact the ITS Service Center.