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SFTP-ing into your Personal Web Space

When using an FTP client to publish webpages to your personal web space or to connect to your network files, make sure your FTP client is using Secure FTP. Some of the more popular FTP clients are listed below with directions for changing the settings to Secure FTP.

NOTE:  Bowdoin's SFTP Server's Hostname is: sftp.bowdoin.edu (it is no longer polar.bowdoin.edu)

To use an FTP client from off campus to connect to Bowdoin, you will need to install and run the VPN (Virtual Private Network) client. For more information about Bowdoin's VPN visit the VPN web page.

Cyberduck (OS X)
Fetch (OS X)
Cute FTP (OS X)
FileZilla (Windows)

Cyberduck (OSX)

  1. Click on "Open Connection."
  2. Choose "SFTP" from the Protocol menu.
  3. Type "sftp.bowdoin.edu" for the server.
  4. Type in your Bowdoin username and password.
  5. Click Connect.

Fetch (OSX)

Click on "File/New Connection."

  1. Type "sftp.bowdoin.edu" for the hostname.
  2. Type your Bowdoin username.
  3. Choose Connect using "SFTP" from the pull down menu.
  4. Type your password.
  5. Click the Connect button.

Cute FTP (OSX)

  1. From the site manager click "New Connection."
  2. Type "sftp.bowdoin.edu" for the host name.
  3. Type in your Bowdoin username and password.
  4. Click the Connect button.

FileZilla (Windows)

  1. Click "File/Site Manager."
  2. Click "New Site."
  3. Type "sftp.bowdoin.edu" for the host.
  4. Choose "Normal" for Logontype.
  5. Type in your Bowdoin username and password.
  6. Click the Connect button.


  1. Open Dreamweaver.  Select the Site menu and select Manage Sites...
  2. When the Manage Sites window appears, click on your website and then click on the Edit... button. (If you don't have a site defined, click the New... button and choose Site.)
  3. Click on the Advanced tab at the top of the window and then select Remote Info from the Category list on the left.
  4. At the Access: pulldown menu, select FTP.
  5. In the FTP host: field, type sftp.bowdoin.edu.
  6. In the Login: field, type your Bowdoin user name.
  7. In the Password: field, type your Bowdoin password.
  8. Check Use Secure FTP (SFTP)
  9. Click the Test button to make sure your configuration is correct.
  10. Click the OK button and then when you return to the Manage Sites window, the Done button.
dreamweaver configuration
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Feb 26, 2010