High Throughput Computing using Condor

Window GUI tools

GUI Tools

We recommend using the free MobaXterm application for file-transfers to/from Condor and also for your day-to-day command-line access to Condor. Hence this tool provides everything you need to use Condor! You may also want to use the free WinSCP tool which is an easy-to-use file-transfer app.

MobaXterm File Transfers

For help with downloading, installing and logging in to Condor using MobaXterm please see our logging in guide.

Once you have logged in your can drag-n-drop files to your Condor home-directory using the file-browser in the MobaXterm window. By default it will show the contents of your Condor home directory. Alternatively you can use the upload and download buttons. See the image below.


The free WinSCP tool allows files to be transferred to and from Condor using a drag-n-drop interface. It may already be installed if using a campus cluster PC. You can also download and install for free on your own computer. The instructions below assume you have an installed version on the PC you are using.

We’ll set up a Condor session in WinSCP so that you only need to type the settings in once:

  1. Start the WinSCP program from the Start menu.
  2. You only need to do steps 2 & 3 the first time you start WinSCP on this PC. If you’ve already done the following step, jump to Step 4. Otherwise fill in the details as shown below:
    • Host name: submitter.itservices.manchester.ac.uk
    • User name: your University IT username
    • Password: your University IT password

    Then hit Save

  3. To save the above settings, give the session a name (any name will do, here we use CSF3) and hit OK
  4. Now we can log in to the CSF in WinSCP. We’ll do this step every time we wish to transfer files to the CSF. Highlight the CSF session and hit Login.
  5. Enter your password when asked.
  6. When first logging in you may be asked to accept a new host key. It is safe to do so:
    It is safe to accept the CSF3 host key
  7. You can now drag-n-drop files between the two systems. Your local PC is on the left, the CSF on the right (click on image to enlarge).

Last modified on June 28, 2019 at 4:13 pm by Tim Furmston