Home Directory Access from Windows using WinSCP

NOTE: Effective 6/1/2017, the “Icarus” SSH Gateway has been decommissioned. The process for accessing files from off-campus has changed. Please refer to Home Directory Access from Windows, off-campus section.


WinSCP is a free an open-source SFTP and FTP client for Microsoft Windows Operating Systems. For fast secure file transfers, it uses SCP (secure copy) which is based on the SSH (secure shell) server.

SFTP is the preferred method for remotely uploading files to your home directory storage. FTP is also supported, but is discouraged, as it is much less secure. The directions below describe how to access your personal home page folder using the popular WinSCP SFTP client.
1. Download and install WinSCP
2. Enter servername.engr.uconn.edu under Host name (see Figure 1) (where “servername” is the name of any on-campus SFTP server).
3. Leave the default Port Number as 22.
4. Enter your School of Engineering username and password.
5. Under File protocol select SFTP.
6. Click Login.
7. If this is your first time connecting, you will be ask to add the host’s key to your local cache. Click Yes.
8. Double-click on the private_home directory. Drag and drop your web files into this directory.

ECS recommends that you store all your data in the folder private_home. The default permissions on this folder are set so that only you can access it. Storing data in other areas is only for expert users who know what the risks are.

The default permissions should ensure that files in the folder public_html directory are visible to the world over the World Wide Web. Please be very conscious of this and only post information that you have the right to share with the public in that directory.