Downloading Cyberduck

SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) is used to transfer files from one computer to another over a network using secure encryption. Cyberduck is an SFTP program that is free to download and use. Cyberduck is available for Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8.

To download Cyberduck, go to the web page at Click the link on the Download button at the top of the page to download the latest version of the cyberduck.exe file for Windows.

Installing Cyberduck

Once the download is complete, double-click on the .exe file. An Install wizard will lead you through the necessary steps to install the software.

The Cyberduck Interface

Important components of the Cyberduck window are:

Menu bar: File>Open Connection

Icon Bar: Open Connection and Disconnect

Bookmark/Remote Computer Directory pane

Start Transfer

Connecting to NetFiles

To connect to NetFiles, click on Open Connection (or select File>Open Connection).  In the Open Connection window:

In the top box, select SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol)

In the Server box, type:  The application will fill in the URL as you type.

In the Username box, type your Willamette user name (no '').

In the Password box, enter your password and check the Save Password box. If you don't save your password, you will be prompted to enter it every time you try to make a file transfer.

Cyber Duck Open Connection

Security Warning

The first time you connect to NetFiles, you may receive a security warning. This is expected. You can check the Always box and click Allow.

Cyber Duck Unknown Fingerprint

Viewing Files on NetFiles

Once you have connected to NetFiles, the Cyberduck window will contain a listing of all the files you have stored on the server.  Single-click on a directory name to expand and display its contents in place; double click on a directory to change the view to that directory.  To return to your root (main) folder, click the up arrow or select the folder name from the dropdown box above the file listings.

Cyber Duck File View

Transferring Files

To move files from the server:

  • drag and drop files from the Cyberduck window (your NetFiles files) to the desktop or File Explorer windows on your local computer
  • right click on the file or folder name and select one of the Download options

To move files to the server:

  • drag and drop files from the Desktop or File Explorer window to a folder in the Cyberduck window
  • click the Upload icon on the tool bar.

Disconnecting from NetFiles

Click the Disconnect arrow at the top right of the Cyberduck window to disconnect from the NetFiles server.

Disconnect Icon

Need More Help?

You can find answers on the Cyberduck help pages at: or contact the WITS Help Desk at 503-370-6767.

Willamette University

Willamette Integrated Technology Services

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6004 voice
503-375-5456 fax

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