Using MacSFTP - Web Center

The MacSFTP file transfer program replaces Publisher's Workbench for web server file maintenance. Using MacSFTP, authorized users can access the Ohlone College development web server from any location where the MacSFTP client software is installed.

If you are not currently an authorized user, see Help Desk. If you wish to install the client at home, see Download, Install, and Purchase MacSFTP for Mac Computers.

The MacSFTP file transfer program provides:

  • Protection for all passwords and data
  • Fully integrated secure file transfer and file copying
  • A windows graphical user interface

Login Information

  • Host Name:
  • Username: Your username
  • Password: Your network password
  • Port: 22
  • Authentication Method (if available): Keyboard Interactive

Launching MacSFTP

Launch the MacSFTP file transfer program application using one of the methods:

  • click on its icon on the desktop:

    Screenshot of the MacSFTP Classic desktop folder icon.

    Figure1 - MacSFTP desktop icon.

  • select the MacSFTP program icon in the MacSFTP folder as shown in figure 1a.

Screenshot of the MacSFTP Classic folder with the MacSFTP Classic executable file circled.

Figure 1a - MacSFTP program icon in the MacSFTP folder.

Connecting to the Web Server

When MacSFTP opens, you'll be presented with a SFTP Login windows as shown in figure 2:

Screenshot of the SFTP Login window showing Host Name, Login, Password and Path fields and Cancel and Connect buttons.

Figure 2 - SFTP Login without values.

Provide the following values:

  • Host Name:
  • User Name: your username
  • Password: your password
  • Path: [leave blank]

Screenshot of the SFTP Login window with fields filled-in.

Figure 3 - SFTP Login with values.

Accept the settings by clicking the Connect button.

  • For the first connect session with the server, you will see a Host Identification screen. Click "Yes" to accept the settings and save them.

Transferring Files to/from the Web Server

Once you have logged in, you should see a listing of the files and directories on your website on the development web server. The name of that directory appears in the drop-down box as shown in figure 4.

You can transfer files between your computer and the web server in several ways:

  • To download (transfer files from your website to your computer):
    • drag and drop files and directories from the MacSFTP window to a folder on your Mac
    • selecting Remote > Put Files/Directories
  • To upload (transfer files from your computer to your website):
    • draft and drop files and directories from your computer to the MacSFTP window
    • selecting Remote > Get Files/Directories

Review the QuickStart and ReadMe files that were installed in the MacSFTP folder for more information about using the program.

Screenshot of the MacSFTP window after connection to the web server. The files for the logged in user are displayed.

Figure 4 - Transferring Files.


When you are finished transferring files, you should disconnect from the web server and close MacSFTP by selecting File > Quit.