Getting Started with SFTP/SSH clients

Environment

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

Issue

Installation, information on alternative access methods to mFile. 

Resolution

  • Cyberduck is an SFTP client available for Windows and macOS computers
    • This is the recommended method to access AFS for most people who need to continue to access AFS after the mFile retirement
    • It provides most of the same functionality as mFile
    • See Supporting Cyberduck
  • 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

For more information on each of these, see https://its.umich.edu/computing/web-mobile/mfile/alternative-access. This includes information on other access methods as well including Campus Computing Sites, Virtual Sites, and more.

Additional Information

  • Can be installed on managed (MiWorkspace, PaaS) or personal machines
  • Newer SFTP/SSH clients may not be able to connect to older servers (Newer OpenSSH may not be able to connect to RHEL6 systems, in particular)
  • 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.