Using SFTP with the BRC Supercluster via FileZilla

This document describes how to use SFTP (via the open source FileZilla application) to transfer data between your computer and the Berkeley Research Computing (BRC) supercluster, consisting of the Savio, Vector, and Cortex high-performance computing clusters, at the University of California, Berkeley.

  1. If you don't already have FileZilla, download it from the FileZilla website and follow the installation instructions. (Versions of FileZilla are available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.)
  2. Open FileZilla.
  3. From the "File" menu, select "Site Manager..."
  4. In Site Manager:
    • Click the New Site button.
    • In the Host field, enter: dtn.brc.berkeley.edu
    • From the Protocol: menu, select: SFTP - SSH File Transfer Protocol
    • In the Logon Type: menu, select: Interactive
    • In the User: field, enter: (Your actual username)
    • Click the Connect button.
  5. When the Enter Password dialog appears:
    • Switch out of FileZilla to the Google Authenticator application.
    • Generate a one-time password. (See Logging In for details.)
    • Copy that one-time password to the Clipboard.
    • Switch back to the FileZilla application.
    • Put your token pin followed by the one-time password into the Password field.
    • Uncheck the "Remember password until FileZilla is closed" checkbox. (This is important.)
    • Click the OK button. (If all goes well, you'll see your files in your home directory displayed in FileZilla's "Remote Site" pane.)
  6. To upload files or folders from your computer to the BRC supercluster:
    • Select one or more file(s) or folder(s) in FileZilla's "Local Site" pane.
    • Either drag those items into FileZilla's "Remote Site" pane, or right-click on a selected item, then select "Upload" from the contextual menu that appears.
    • Every time that the Enter Password dialog appears, complete every sub-step under step 5, above.
  7. To download files or folders from the BRC supercluster to your computer:
    • Select one or more file(s) or folder(s) in FileZilla's "Remote Site" pane.
    • Either drag those items into FileZilla's "Local Site" pane, or right-click on a selected item, then select "Download" from the contextual menu that appears.
    • Every time that the Enter Password dialog appears, complete every sub-step under step 5, above.