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Filezilla is an open source FTP client with SFTP capabilities for Windows, Mac OS X, and Unix. Download the appropriate version for your computer; it is a free application.

These instructions assume you have an active internet connection.

I) Open Filezilla. The first time, most of the fields in the Filezilla window will be empty. These screenshots are from Mac OS X, view screenshots from different operating platforms at the Filezilla site.

The window on your screen will look similar to this one without all my scribbling in red marring the appearance. Scroll your cursor over the image to see some "tool tip" info, look below the image for more information.
Filezilla application window screenshot with added captions

Quickconnect bar, cannot be use for SFTP, use Site Manager via starred button 2. Message log between your computer and the server 3. Local Directory Tree Listing 3. Remote Directory Tree Listing 4. Local File Listing 4. Remote FIle Listing 5. Transfer Queue Information
  1. The Quickconnect bar just below the toolbar looks inviting but doesn't allow the SFTP choice (as far as I know); click on the starred button in the toolbar to bring up the site manager window which give the choice for SFTP.
  2. The Message Log window keeps a log of all messages between your computer and the server including error messages which can be helpful when troubleshooting.
  3. The local and remote directory tree windows give a graphical hierarchy of the directory structure to the folder on your computer (local) or the web server (remote).
  4. Local and remote file windows reveal the contents of the the directories selected in the directory trees above.
  5. The Transfer Queue give information on files being transfered or those waiting to do so.

II) Click on the "Site Manager" button and fill in the resulting dialog box fields with the appropriate values.

FIlezilla site manager with some fields numbered. See numbers below for description.
  1. Click on the New Site button if needed
  2. Host: webhawks.org (the web server Cabrillo provides for student classes)
  3. Servertype: Choose SFTP
  4. Logontype: Choose Normal
  5. User: Your Webhawks user name

    Here is how to determine your Webhawks user name:

    Your Webhawks user name starts with the Cabrillo course number (for example, "dm60", "dm61", "dm62", or "dm70") followed by your Cabrillo student network account name.

    For example, the Webhawks user name for Mary Johnson whose Cabrillo ID number is 1234567 and is in the dm60 class would be "dm60majohn4567".

  6. Password: Your Webhawks password.

    Here is how to determine your Webhawks password:

    Your Webhawks password is your birthdate. The format is mmddyy.

    For example, if your birthdate is August 28, 1976, your password would be 082876.

  7. Click the "Connect" button to connect to webhawks.org

Each user on webhawks is assigned their own directory on the server. You will be taken directly to yours and your Filezilla window will look similar to this.

Filezilla window showing local files and public_html folder

4) Double-click on the "public_html" folder to open it. If you have not uploaded any files, it should be empty. Only files transfered into the public_html folder may be served by the webhawks.org web server and thus be seen on the web.

When you have opened your public_html directory, your filezilla file transfer window will look similar to this.

Filezilla window showing local files and opened public_html folder

5) Now you are ready to transfer files. Right-click on the local files you want to upload and choose "Upload" from the contextual menu. Or drag them over.

For downloading, drag the file from the transfer window to your local files or right-click on the file and choose Download.

6) When you can see the file in the transfer window, you have uploaded it! If you have uploaded a file and it doesn't show, try clicking on the "Refresh" button before you re-upload your file.

7) When you are ready to view your page in your Web browser, launch your browser (Safari, Explorer or Mozilla, for example) and go to the following URL:
to view your home page.

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