Faculty - Connecting to Aida using Filezilla FTP Client (Linux, Mac, and Windows)

The new Aida server will require software to access files on your personal share. Two applications are recommended depending upon your computer operating system and preference: Filezilla (Mac and Windows) or WinSCP (Windows only).

Instructions connecting to your share using Filezilla are found below.

IMPORTANT: If connecting from off-campus, you will first need to connect using the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client. More information here.


Filezilla is a free, open source FTP client. It supports FTPSFTP, and FTPS (FTP over SSL/TLS). The client is available under many platforms, binaries for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X are provided.

  1. Download and install the Filezilla client for your computer system from the FileZilla download page.
  2. Once installed, launch Filezilla and enter the following information in the fields under the toolbar at the top of the window:
    • Host: vm-aidaprd-01.econ.yale.edu
    • Username: Your Yale NetID
    • Password: Your Yale Password
    • Port: 22

         Windows Toolbar
      Filezilla toolbar - windows

         Mac Toolbar
      Filezilla toolbar - Mac

    HINT: After successfully logging into the server, your authentication information will be saved. For future sessions, use the dropdown arrow to the right of the Quickconnect button and select the server from the history list (The path structure will contain you Yale NetID, e.g., sftp://YOUR NETID@vm-aidaprd-01.econ.yale.edu).

    history menu

  3. The first time you connect to the server, the program will ask you to save your password. Select the “save passwords” option.


  4. You will also be prompted to trust the host before connecting.  Check the “Always trust this host, add this key to the cache” box and click the OK button. You will not see this message again if the box is checked.
    Host key

  5. Once connected to the the Aida server, your file share will show in the right column. 

Filezill panes


  • The display is split in two columns; the left column shows your local computer drive and the right column shows your share on the Aida server.
  • The two upper panes show the folder structure on your local computer (left column) and on the Aida server (right column).
  • The two lower panes show the files/folder within a selected folder from the corresponding top box.
  • Files can be copied to and from the server by dragging and dropping to the destination folder.
  • File options, e.g., edit, rename, delete, etc. can be seen by right-clicking on a file.
  • Additional information can be found on the Filezilla documentation page: https://wiki.filezilla-project.org/Documentation