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Version 11 (modified by moorman, 5 years ago)



SourceForge.net provides support for managing project web and developer web content, and uploading file releases using SFTP through our File management service.

SFTP (Secure file transfer protocol) is part of the SSH protocol suite. SFTP is not the same as FTP; SFTP is a modern, encrypted protocol and FTP is an old, unencrypted protocol. We do not support FTP.


SFTP clients include:

  • sftp, a command-line client included in OpenSSH, available on Mac OS X, Linux, and BSD natively; and on MS Windows through Cygwin.
  • psftp, a command-line client included in PuTTY, available for MS Windows.
  • WinSCP, a graphical client available for MS Windows.
  • Filezilla, a graphical client available for MS Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Examples are provided for sftp.

For managing file releases

  • FRS Hostname: frs.sourceforge.net
  • Path: uploads/
    • USERNAME refers to the SourceForge.net registered account name
    • PROJECTNAME refers to the UNIX name of a project registered on SourceForge.net
  • Password: SourceForge.net user account Password

An example session might look like (where USERNAME="jsmith", PROJECTNAME="fooproject"):

[jsmith@linux ~]$ sftp jsmith,fooproject@frs.sourceforge.net
Connecting to frs.sourceforge.net...
The authenticity of host 'frs.sourceforge.net (' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is 68:b3:26:02:a0:07:e4:78:d4:ec:7f:2f:6a:4d:32:c5.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Warning: Permanently added 'frs.sourceforge.net,' (RSA) to the list of known hosts.
jsmith,fooproject@frs.sourceforge.net's password:
sftp> cd uploads
sftp> put FILE
Uploading FILE to /incoming/j/js/jsmith/uploads/FILE
FILE                                                                                       100%  241     0.2KB/s   00:01
sftp> exit

Batch mode

To use sftp in batch mode, you need 3 things:

  1. Use key-based authentication, since password entry can't safely be automated.
  2. Have the batch file in the form of "put filename1 \n put filename 2 \n etc..."
  3. Use username,groupname so that access to the files afterwards is possible.

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