Updating Departmental Websites using Fugu

NOTE: The “Icarus” SSH Gateway has been decommissioned. The process for accessing files from off-campus has changed.

Fugu is graphical front end to the command line SFTP client for Mac OS X. It was developed by the University of Michigan’s Research Systems Unix Group (RSUG).

The name of the program is an homage to the Blowfish encryption algorithm used by OpenSSH, as a fugu is a type of blowfish.



The client is available from University of Michigan. You can visit the Fugu Website or just jump to the download page.

The installer may install some other prerequisite packages.


1. Once you have Fugu installed, using it is not difficult. Start the program and in the Connect to box type: server.engr.uconn.edu (where “server” is the name of an on-campus machine running a secure FTP server). Enter your School of Engineering account username in the username box, and click connect.


2. The first time you connect to Fugu, you will get a warning message. That is because Fugu must download the public key of our SFTP server. After this key-exchange is complete, it is saved to disk and you should not see this warning message again. This lets you know that the endpoint you are connecting to can be trusted.


3. Once connected, search for the directory containing your website (example /share/dept_web/www.engr.uconn.edu/) on the right. Navigate into that directory, and you should be able to drag and drop files to your web page with ease.