How do I securely FTP to Netspace with my Windows computer?

Bucknell requires the use of a secure FTP program in order to access Netspace from off campus. We recommend using NetSarang Xftp. This article describes how to configure Xftp to connect to Netspace.

  1. Download Xftp from
  2. Choose Xftp for the free secure FTP client.
  3. When prompted, be sure to choose the Free for Home/School option.
  4. Put in your name and Bucknell email address. A link to the installer will be emailed to you.
  5. In your email, click on the link to download the installer. Once downloaded, double click on the installer. 
  6. Accept the license agreement.
  7. Click NextNext, and Install. Click Finish to complete the installation.
  8. Accept the default path when prompted.
  9. When Xftp opens for the first time, you'll see a window prompting you for sessions. Click on the New in the top left corner.
  10. When prompted, give your new session a name that you recognize, like Bucknell Netspace. For the properties, use the following:
  • host:
  • protocol: SFTP
  • username: Your Bucknell username
  • password: Your Bucknell password

You've now set up your connection. You can customize it to make it easier for you to access your particular drives.

  1. Click on the Options tab across the top.
  2. In Options, you can choose your initial folders. These are the locations where you'll want your session to automatically open. The default for the local folder (the one on your computer) is your desktop, but if you want to change it, click on the . . .  on the Local folder line and navigate to your preference. If you want the initial folder to be your public/private space on Netspace, use /netspace/facultystaff or /netspace/students, then click OK.
  3. Click Connect to open the session. There is a checkbox that allows you to always see a dialog box when you open Xftp.
  4. When prompted to accept the host key, press Accept & Save.


Once connected, you have a standard FTP window, with your local connection on the left, and your remote connection on the right. Drag a file to the left to download it to the desktop, or highlight the folder and click on the left arrow on the toolbar to download it. Edit your document on your computer, save it, and transfer it back to your network space. You can move folders or groups of files at the same time.

That's how you configure XFTP to access Netspace. If you have questions about how to use FTP, please contact the Tech Desk at 570.577.7777 or






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