How to Transfer Files via SFTP with WS_FTP on Windows

Note: Mac users can use SFTP using Fetch.

Setting up an SFTP Connection using WS_FTP

  1. Download and install WS_FTP from ISC's Supported Products Page.
    (Contact CETS if you need help with the installation).
  2. Launch WS_FTP Professional.
  3. From the Connections menu, choose New Connection... The Connection Wizard dialog box appears.

    New connection
  4. In the Site Name: field, enter an appropriate name for your connection (such as SEAS account), then click Next.
  5. In the Connection Type: dropdown menu, choose SFTP/SSH, then click Next.
  6. In the Server Address: field, type "", then click Next.
  7. In the User Name: field, enter the SEAS account you want to connect to.
  8. In the Password: field, enter the password for the account, then click Next.
  9. Verify the information in the "Finish" dialogue and then click Finish.

You can also set up your default local and remote directories using the "Advanced..." button on the "Finish" dialogue. If you are setting this up to go to your SEAS html directory, your default remote directory would be, for example, /home1/s/smithj/html.

Connecting to your Account

  1. Launch WS_FTP Professional.
  2. Under Accounts, click on the name of the connection you made above.

  3. The first time you try to connect, you may get an "Untrusted Public Key" warning. This is normal. Choose "Trust this key" and click OK.
  4. You should now be connected to your account.
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