Transferring Files to and from RC Systems

Linux and Mac

If you use Linux or Mac can use the scp command to copy files from your account on the computer you are using for research to your personal computer or vice versa. To do so on your computer type:

scp ~/fileDirectory/

To copy a whole directory of work to your Research Computing computer use the -r option

scp -r ~/fileDirectory/

To do the reverse and copy file to your computer:

scp -r


FileZilla allows for transfers between host computers and remote computers and is free to use for all platforms.

You can download FileZilla Here

To use Filezilla, first open it and then follow the steps below:

  1. Enter s into the "Host" option
  2. Add your RIT username and password in their respective fields and hit the Enter Key
  3. If connection is successful, the remote desktop's directory will appear in the large box on the left
  4. Find files that want to be transferred by traversing through the directories.
  5. Drag the Files from the computer they are in, into the computer you are transferring to.
  6. Wait for the transfer to complete

Example FileZilla window


How To Log In and Transfer Files with Globus. //

This step-by-step guide will show you how to log into Globus and use it to transfer files reliably and securely. You will become familiar with basic Globus concepts and interfaces, and begin to experience how Globus can help you spend more time on your research and less time on data management.

1. Log in with an existing identity

Visit and click "Login" at the top of the page. On the Globus login page, choose Rochester Institute of Technology for the organization. (Try typing a few letters of Rochester to narrow the list.) When you find it, click "Continue.""

You’ll be redirected to RIT's login page. Use your credentials for that RIT to login.

You will be redirected back to Globus and Globus will ask if you'd like to link to an existing account. If this is your first time logging in to Globus, click "Continue." If you’ve already used another account with Globus, you can choose "Link to an existing account."

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You may be prompted to provide additional information such as whether or not Globus will be used for commercial purposes. Complete the form and click "Continue."

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Finally, you need to give Globus permission to use your identity to access information and perform actions (like file transfers) on your behalf.

2. The File Manager

After you’ve signed up and logged in to Globus, you’ll begin at the File Manager.

The first time you use the File Manager, all fields will be blank.

3. Access a collection

For a Demo Click in the Collection field at the top of the File Manager page and type "globus tutorial end". Globus will list collections with matching names. The collections Globus Tutorial Endpoint 1 and Globus Tutorial Endpoint 2 are collections administered by the Globus team for demonstration purposes and are accessible to all Globus users without further authentication. Below is the collection to RIT Research Computing Globus Transfer. 

4. Request a file transfer

Click Transfer or Sync to... in the command panel on the right side of the page. A new collection panel will open, with a "Transfer or Sync to" field at the top of the panel.

Find the Globus Tutorial Endpoint 2 collection and connect to it as you did with the Globus Tutorial Endpoint 1 above. The default directory, /~/ will again be empty. Your goal is to transfer the sample files here. Click on the left collection, Globus Tutorial Endpoint 1, and select all three files. The Start> button at the bottom of the panel will activate.

Between the two Start buttons at the bottom of the page, the Transfer & Sync Options tab provides access to several options. By default, Globus verifies file integrity after transfer using checksums. Click the information icons for explanations of the other transfer settings. Globus gives you powerful control over the behavior of the transfer with a simple mouse click. Change the transfer settings if you’d like. You may also enter a label for the transfer, but this isn’t required.

Click the Start> button to transfer the selected files to the collection in the right panel. Globus will display a green notification panel—confirming that the transfer request was submitted—and add a badge to the Activity item in the command menu on the left of the page.

5. Confirm transfer completion

Only three small files were transferred in our simple example, so the transfer will complete quickly. Click Activity in the command menu on the left of the page to go to the Activity page. On the Activity page, click the arrow icon on the right to view details about the transfer. You will also receive an email with the transfer details.

If there are any further questions, or there is an issue with the documentation, please contact for additional assistance.