It is possible to access your HPRC areas either via a file-share, using a secure file transfer program or via a command-line terminal. This document will introduce you to the different mechanisms and provide links to help documentation that provides more detailed how-to guides.


Note: The most up-to-date information on connecting to HPRC accounts can be found on the HPRC Information pages.


  1. Fileshare connections to HPRC
    1. Windows - map network drive
    2. Mac - go to server
  2. Use a secure file transfer program
  3. Connecting via a command-line using ssh
    1. Windows - using PuTTY
    2. Mac OSX - using ssh in the Terminal app


File-share connections to HPRC

To access the HPRC as if it were a drive attached to your computer, follow the instructions given below for your particular system.


Please note: Mapped drives only work inside the JCU network (when you are connected either directly via an ethernet cable or wirelessly via eduroam). When you want to connect from outside the JCU network, we recommend you use a secure file transfer program or ssh.

Microsoft   Windows - Map a network drive


  • Go to the My Computer (Windows 7) or the Tools drop down menu in an Explorer window, and select Map Network Drive.
  • Pick a drive, e.g. Z, and type in the address box: \\\homes
  • If you are using a personal machine, you will need to check the "Log in with different user credentials" and use your jcu username.

Apple   Mac OSX - Connect to server


  • In Finder, click on the Go menu and select "Connect to Server"
  • In "Server Address" type smb:// 
  • Click on the "+" button to add this to the Favorite Servers list. 
  • Click on "Connect" to connect to your HPCR home drive.

Use a secure file transfer program


Many sftp clients exist. Many researchers use FileZilla for secure transfer of files. You can download the FileZilla Client (for all platforms) from For full instructions on how to use FileZilla see - HPRC Desktop Software.

If you have your own favourite sftp client that you wish to use, the information you need to connect is given below

  • Host:
  • Port number: 22 (if accessing from inside the JCU firewall) or 8822 (for external access)

Connecting via a command-line - ssh


HPRC is a Linux based system and sometimes the most efficient way to perform a task on the HPRC is via the command-line.  To get a HPRC command-line you will need to connect via ssh (secure shell).

If you already know how to use ssh then the information you need is:

  • Hostname:
  • Port number: 22 (if you are inside the JCU firewall) or 8822 (if outside JCU)

Microsoft   Windows - using PuTTY


PuTTY is an application you can install on your workstation/laptop that will enable you to ssh to the HPRC. If you have a standard JCU machine, it may already be installed. If not, you can download it and see the following links for installing and usage instructions:

Apple   Mac OSX - using ssh in the Terminal app


Mac's come with a terminal application already builtin - simply called "Terminal". You can find it using spotlight or by looking in the Utilities folder inside Applications.

Instructions for using ssh can be found on the HPRC help pages.