The Computational Shared Facility 3

File Transfers to/from the CSF


Files can be transferred between your PC/laptop and the CSF in a number of ways. GUI programs (such as WinSCP on Windows) or command-line programs (such as rsync on Mac/Linux) can be used. The sections in the menu on the left show our recommended / preferred method for each platform.


It is possible to transfer files to/from your home, scratch or additional research data storage filesystems. All transfers will go via the login node. If you have large files to transfer (50GB files or more) please see our RDS-SSH service for an alternative that will reduce the strain on the login nodes.

On Campus

You must be on-campus when transferring to/from the CSF. This means using a wired office / cluster PC or being on the Eduroam / UoM WiFI network. If you are signed in to the GlobalProtect VPN (e.g., to read your email) then this will also work.

Off Campus

When off-campus you should run the GlobalProtect VPN software on your PC/laptop to appear on-campus. You will then be able to log in to the CSF.

If you are unable to use GlobalProtect then please see our RDS-SSH service for an alternative.

Please note: Research IT cannot provide support for the GlobalProtect VPN. Please contact the main IT Services Helpdesk for assistance.

File Transfer Apps

We provide instructions for file transfer applications MobaXterm and WinSCP on Windows, and Linux / MacOS command-line tools (see the sections in the menu on the left).

If you have another file transfer program you like to use that we have not documented, you should still be able to use it using the following details:

  • It must support secure file transfer using ssh. FileZilla, for example, can do this.
  • You should connect to on port 22
  • Use your central IT username and password when asked to log in to the CSF3

We cannot provide support for all file-transfer programs but please see the examples in this section for more information.

Last modified on November 22, 2019 at 11:16 am by George Leaver