SSH Secure Shell

A quickstart guide to Secure File Transfer Protocol with Secure Shell



Webpages are written in HTML (hypertext markup language) and viewed in a web browser such as Firefox or Internet Explorer. After creating HTML files on your machine, you must transfer a copy of them and any graphics needed to render your pages, to a web server. Once all of your files are on the server, a web browser can access and interpret them.



How to Download and Install SSH Secure Shell

  1. SSH Secure Shell can be found on the UNC Shareware website.
  2. Click on the link under "SSH/SFTP Secure Shell Client" and save it to your hard drive (e.g. "Desktop").
  3. Go to your download destination and double click on '"SSHsecureShellClient-3.2.9.exe". This will start the SSH Secure Shell setup wizard.
  4. Follow the wizard and keep the default settings. This will install SSH and place shortcut icons on your desktop.


Instructions for Using SSH Secure Shell, Step-by-Step

  1. The Application

    The screenshot below will give you a general idea of how SSH works. After you connect to the server, you'll see two directory listings. The panel on the left lists the files on your local hard disk--your computer.  The panel on the right shows the names of files stored remotely, on the web server. (Sometimes the sides are switched; the program allows this as a preference).
    main screen
  2. Connecting to the Server

    There are twoways to connect to the server using SHH. One is to click the Quick Connect button, the other is to click the Profiles button.
    • Quick Connect

      Quick Connect may be used to connect to a site that you don't plan to connect to on a regular basis:

      1. Click the "Quick Connect" button.
      2. Type in Host Name (i.e., or
      3. Type in User Name
      • For legacy School of Medicine web space (outside of the content management system), this is your UNIX account.
      • For personal webspace hosted on main campus, this is your ONYEN.
    • Click the "Connect" button.
    • Type in your password.
    • Click "OK".
  • Profiles Button

    Profiles are great to use if you habitually connect to a site. Creating/Editing a Profile:

    1. Click on the "Profiles" button.
    2. Choose "Add Profile".
    3. Enter a name that you will remember (e.g., my homepage or Dept of Psych) and press "Add Profile". Go back to the Profiles button and choose 'Edit Profile'.
    4. Choose the Profile you entered.
    5. Type in Host Name (i.e., or
    6. Type in User Name.
    7. If you would like to specify a specific folder (i.e., if you are connecting to a space other than your own personal space), choose the 'Favorite Folders' tab. In the text box beside 'home folder', enter the path to your web site.
    8. Click "OK" when you are finished.

    Once you have created a profile, you should be able to press the "Profiles" button and see the profile you created. Select the profile. You will be asked for your password (this should be your email password). Press OK. You will immediately be connected to your site.

  • Navigating SHH

    If you successfully connect to the remote host, local and remote file listings will appear. The panel on the left lists the files on your local hard disk (usually the C: or D: drive), and the panel on the right shows the names of files stored on the server. On both sides you can use the folder navigation buttons (circled) to locate the source and destination folders for the desired file transfer.
    Start from the side of the screen containing the file you want to transfer. To find a local file on your computer, navigate through your local file system on the left.  (To find a remote file on the server, navigate through your remote file system on the right.)
    • To open a folder, double click it.
    • To navigate back up one folder level, click on the toolbar.
    • To delete a file, select the file you would like to delete by clicking it, and then clicking on the tool bar.
    • To create new folders, click on the toolbar.
    • To preview files: You can also use this application to directly view Windows files (e.g., a MS Word document) that are stored on a remote system, without ever transferring them to your desktop machine. Just click on the icon in the right pane for the appropriate file. The file will open as a temporary file and will be erased when you exit the File Transfer Client.
    • To select more than onefile:
      • Select multiple contiguous items: Hold Shift + click the first file + click the last file.
      • Select multiple noncontiguous items Hold Ctrl + click the files one by one.
  • Transferring Files

    To use SSH to transfer (upload or download) files, simply navigate to the file you want to upload or download, and then find the folder you would like to place the file in.
    • To upload files, find the file(s) on the local hard drive, and then drag and drop to the remote folder of your choice.
    • To download files, find the file(s) on the remote server, and then drag and drop to the local folder of your choice.
  • Disconnecting

    Click the disconnect icon circled below.

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