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.
On Windows XP or Vista hosts there are no sftp clients installed by default.