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SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) is a network protocol used to securely transfer and manage files on remote systems. SFTP is layered on top of the SSH protocol, and is preferred over FTP as a method of remote file transfer.

Connecting to an SFTP Server

Under RedHat Linux 3, 4, or 5, or Mac OS X, running the following command from a terminal will connect a host to an SFTP client.

sftp user@host

On Windows XP or Vista hosts there are no sftp clients installed by default. Users can install | PuTTY, which will enable SSH and SFTP access.

Alternatively, users can use the UMIACS Intranet SFTP Web Applet located here without installing any additional software.