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Setting up SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) Access Remotely

Important information

Please be aware that many FTP clients, including Filezilla, are free to download on the web. However, software (freeware) is often bundled with extra software that you may not want to install on your computer. To avoid installing unwanted software, please carefully read, uncheck or decline any such software offered to you during the installation of the FTP client.

Download and configure Filezilla

  1. Download and install your favourite FTP client.  In this example we will use FileZilla (
  2. Launch Filezilla.Window showing desktop app Filezilla.
  3. To setup a new connection to BCIT drives, select File – Site Manager.Filezilla site manager window.
  4. Click New Site and configure your settings as follows:
    • Site Name (under My Sites): BCIT Drives (Type over New Site default entry)
    • Host (sometimes called Server Address):
    • Port number: 22
    • Protocol: SFTP – SSH File Transfer Protocol. (Use the down arrow to select)
    • Logon Type: Normal. (Use the down arrow to select)
    • User ID and password: your usual BCIT credentials.
  5. Click on Connect. You will get an Unknown Host Key message. Check Always trust this host, add this key to the cache and then click OK.Unknown host key window.
    • Note: If you are off-campus, you will need to be connected via myVPN in order to access your files.
  6. Your local files (on your physical computer) will be listed on the left-hand panel and your BCIT Files (Share in/out, Teamfiles) are on the right-hand panel.Window showing C drive users on your PC and BCIT files.