File Transfer Protocol


This section is dedicated to help you with the file transfer protocol (FTP?). This includes using FTP applications, as well as understanding the protocol itself. We hope you find what you are looking for.


What is WinSCP?

WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client and FTP client for Windows. Legacy SCP protocol is also supported. Its main function is safe copying of files between a local and a remote computer.

Where can I get WinSCP?

WinSCP is an open source program that can be downloaded free from

How do I access my ONID files with WinSCP?

Follow these steps to connect to your ONID account using WinSCP:

  1. Start WinSCP
  2. Go to the Session page
  3. "Host name" should be set to
  4. "Username" should be your ONID username
  5. "Password" should be your ONID password
  6. Click Login to connect
  7. If you are asked "Continue connecting and add host key to the cache?", click Yes

On the left side, you will see the files and directories on your computer. On the right side are the files and directories on your ONID account.

To transfer a file or directory from your ONID account to your computer, simply drag-and-drop the item from the right side to the left side. To transfer a file from your computer to your ONID account, drag-and-drop the item from the left side to the right side.

To close your connection and exit WinSCP, click on the Commands menu and choose Quit.

Where can I get help with WinSCP?

WinSCP is supported by OSU Computer Helpdesk. We can help troubleshoot any problems you may encounter. Technical support is also available through WinSCP site at


What is Cyberduck

Cyberduck is an open source FTP/SFTP solution similar to WinSCP, but for use with Mac OS instead of Windows.

Where can I get Cyberduck?

Cyberduck can be obtained at no cost at  Make sure to obtain the correct version for your operating system.