SFTP Clients

You can download your data from the Australian Synchrotron SFTP service.

  1. Install and run a SFTP client such as Filezilla, Cyberduck or WinSCP.

  2. Configure your client with the following settings:

    Host / Server:
    Port: 22
    Protocol: SFTP
    Username: Your Portal email address
    Password: Your Portal password
  3. When you connect you will be presented with a list of folders for each experiment you have attended.

For example, the Filezilla configuration would look like:


To download files or folders, simply drag them from the right pane to the left pane. You can see the progress of the transfer under “Queued files” at the bottom of the window.

Note: Data produced on ASCI will only be available for download if it has been saved in the experiment folder.


Rather than downloading your data with a graphical client you can use the command-line tool rsync. This has advantages including:

  • You can run rsync on a folder that is already partially downloaded and it will only copy new or changed files
  • rsync can resume interrupted download
  • rsync downloading can be automated

Installing rsync

macOS / Linux

rsync comes pre-installed with macOS and many Linux distributions (try typing “rsync” into your terminal). If it is not installed, you can get it with:

# Debian / Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get install rsync

# CentOS / Fedora:
sudo yum install rsync


rsync can be installed with Cygwin.

Using rsync

Run the following command in your terminal:

rsync -rtzP <your_email_address><epn>/<path_to_folder> .

For example:

rsync -rtzP .

The flags that are used here are:

  • -r : copy folders are as well as files
  • -t : copy timestamps on files (makes re-syncing faster)
  • -z : compress files before transferring
  • -P : enable resuming partially downloaded files

For more options available to rsync, run man rsync.

Using SSH keys to avoid typing password to rsync

rsync allows you to download your data without being prompted for a password by using SSH. This is especially useful if you want to set up automated data syncing.

To install keys, first generate them if you haven’t already:


Then copy the key with:

ssh-copy-id -i ~/.ssh/id_rsa <your_email_address>

From then on you won’t be prompted for a password when you run rsync.

If you are on macOS you will need to install ssh-copy-id by:

  1. Installing homebrew.

  2. Running:

    brew install ssh-copy-id