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Connect to our servers using FTP (Students)

The easiest way to connect to our FTP server (your Home folder or Class Shares) is by using your favorite web browser and going to The instructions below is for FTP clients (programs) you have installed on your own computer.

The following assumes you have an active CDA account.

The following instructions will work whether you are on a Mac or Windows PC.

How to transfer your files using an FTP client (FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and is just another way to transfer files). You should use FTP clients like Cyberduck, Filezilla, Transmit, etc. Some are free and work well.

FTP connection settings 

Host address:
**With some FTP clients the address needs to be prefixed with the protocol, e.g. s**
username: your_username
password: your_password

SFTP Port 222 (This is not the same as FTPS, so please choose SFTP)
FTPS with implicit SSL Port 990 (This is not the same as SFTP above, so please choose FTPS)

The port number is crucial, so don't forget to change it in your FTP client.

**Plain FTP using port 21 is blocked and will not work**

**Note for Cyberduck users: there is an issue that affects uploading files to certain shares, where it tries to apply permissions in such a way that causes an error to appear. To resolve this, go to Cyberduck's Preferences window (accessible via the "Cyberduck" menu), the Transfers section and the Permissions tab, and uncheck "Change permissions" in the Uploads section.


Open your FTP application. In the labs, we have Cyberduck installed in the Applications folder. The screenshots here display Transmit's interface.

Step 1. Select the proper protocol, FTP with implicit SSL or SFTP. Make sure you choose the correct port (circled in red), in this case 990 for FTP-SSL and port 222 for SFTP (SSH).




Step 2. Enter your credentials. This is your CDA account that has nothing to do with the rest of Concordia systems, like the myconcordia portal (unless you've created your CDA account with the same username and password). These days though your CDA account is probably the same as the portal as we sync them when creating new accounts. **If you change your portal account, you'll also need to reset your CDA account by choosing the "My Account" menu at the top of this page. Once logged in, you'll see all the shares available to you  (see image below).


Step 3. We sometimes use a self signed security certificate, so if you get a certificate warning, please accept it. You are now connected. You can choose among a few different folders. Generally, you'll want to get into your own Home folder, or the ClassShares folder.


Inside your Home folder you'll find another folder called public_html. public_html is where you can drop your web page files and have a web page of your own. If you drop a file called index.html in there, you're all set. The address would be


A few things to remember about your server space : *You have 5 gigabytes of storage.

*We encourage you to back-up your files from the server by burning a CD or DVD (copy your files to your desktop first).
CDA is not responsible for any loss of files. Always keep a copy of whatever you put in the Class Shares folder. Class Share folders are sometimes open to everyone at your teacher's request and users can accidentally trash your files.

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