Large Memory Computing

Transferring Files to and from Oscar

There are several ways to move files between your machine and Oscar. Which method you choose will depend on how much data you need to move and your personal preference for each method.

  1. CIFS

  2. Command line (scp)

  3. Globus online (best for large transfers)


CIFS is not available until further notice!

You can drag and drop files from your machine to the Oscar filesystem with CIFS. This is an easy method for a small number of files.

2. Command line

Mac and Linux


You can use scp to transfer files. For example to copy a file from your computer to Oscar:

scp /path/to/source/file <username>

To copy a file from Oscar to your computer:

scp <username> /path/to/destination/file


You can use rsync to sync files across your local computer to Oscar:

rsync -azvp --progress path/to/source/directory <username>

Windows On Windows, if you have PuTTY installed, you can use it's pscp function from the terminal.

3. GUI programs for transferring files using the scp protocol

In general, you can specify the followings for your GUI programs:

  • Protocol: SCP File Transfer Protocol

  • Host:

  • User: your Oscar username

  • Password: your Oscar password

3.1 WinSCP for Windows

WinSCP Session Creation

4. Globus online

Globus is a secure, reliable research data management service. You can move data directly to Oscar from anothe Globus endpoint. Oscar has one Globus endpoint:


If you want to use Globus Online to move data to/from you own machine, you can install Globus Connect Personal. For more instructions on how to use Globus, see the Oscar section in the Globus documentation.