FTP Files To and From Midd-Unix

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NOTE: Midd-Unix accounts are no longer being created automatically! See this page for details: How_do_I_create_my_own_web_page#Community_Pages_aka_Midd-unix

In addition, we've switched to a more secure version of FTP called SFTP (or Secure FTP) and you will need to use an SFTP program to connect to midd-unix. Below, we list some SFTP programs that are available for free to the Middlebury College community.


You can move your files to and from the Midd-Unix cluster using your favorite SFTP client.

Your Midd-Unix space has three folders setup for you by default: private, public, and public_html. Permissions allow only you to access files in your private folder, while anyone can read (but not make changes) to files in your public and public_html folders. The public_html is a special folder you can create a web page.

These instructions are very general in an attempt to accommodate various SFTP clients.

  1. Launch your SFTP application.
  2. Connect to the host midd-unix.middlebury.edu
    • Use your Middlebury username and password.
    • If your SFTP client has a field for Directory or Folder leave it blank to force SFTP to use your folder on Midd-Unix.
  3. After the connection is made, navigate to the folder from or to which you want to copy files.
    • With text-based SFTP client, use the command cd foldername (type dir to view the folder contents).
    • With a window based SFTP client, select your location by clicking upon the folder icons to move around.
  4. To copy files from your computer to Midd-Unix.
    • With text-based SFTP client use the command put filename for individual files, or mput *.* to copy all files.
    • With a window-based SFTP client, select files and click the transfer arrow to copy the file(s).
  5. To copy files from Midd-Unix to your computer.
    • With a text based SFTP, use the command get filename for individual files, mget *.* to copy all files.
    • With a window based SFTP, select files by clicking on them and click the arrow to copy the file(s).
  6. Close the connection to Midd-Unix.
    • With text-based SFTP client, type exit.
    • With a window-based SFTP client, click on Close or Close Connection.

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