There is the possibility to use sftp for retrieving data from MAX IV (as an alternative to using Globus). Click on the links below to get information on each subject:


  • You need to registered a telephone number in DUO where you can receive SMS in order to complete the two-factor authentication login at MAX IV. To verify or change the phone number, log into DUO and go to your personal information under Account Settings. The phone used to send SMS must be the one listed as your primary phone.


1. From Linux, simply type sftp ‘maxiv_user_name’ on the command line, where ‘maxiv_user_name’ is the same user name you use to log in to DUO or the beamline computers.

You will first be asked to log in using your MAX IV credentials.
Next you need to provide the “otp” code, which will be sent to your mobile number via SMS.

2. Go to the directory that you want to transfer. This will typically be under /data/visitors/’beamline’/’your_proposal’/’date’/etc…

E.g. cd /data/visitors/biomax/20181234/20181110/

3. get -R <dir>

this command will recursively download the directory dir to the path where you started sftp.

Typing “help” returns a list of commands

Available commands:
bye                                Quit sftp
cd path                            Change remote directory to 'path'
chgrp grp path                     Change group of file 'path' to 'grp'
chmod mode path                    Change permissions of file 'path' to 'mode'
chown own path                     Change owner of file 'path' to 'own'
df [-hi] [path]                    Display statistics for current directory or
                                   filesystem containing 'path'
exit                               Quit sftp
get [-afPpRr] remote [local]       Download file
reget [-fPpRr] remote [local]      Resume download file
reput [-fPpRr] [local] remote      Resume upload file
help                               Display this help text
lcd path                           Change local directory to 'path'
lls [ls-options [path]]            Display local directory listing
lmkdir path                        Create local directory
ln [-s] oldpath newpath            Link remote file (-s for symlink)
lpwd                               Print local working directory
ls [-1afhlnrSt] [path]             Display remote directory listing
lumask umask                       Set local umask to 'umask'
mkdir path                         Create remote directory
progress                           Toggle display of progress meter
put [-afPpRr] local [remote]       Upload file
pwd                                Display remote working directory
quit                               Quit sftp
rename oldpath newpath             Rename remote file
rm path                            Delete remote file
rmdir path                         Remove remote directory
symlink oldpath newpath            Symlink remote file
version                            Show SFTP version
!command                           Execute 'command' in local shell
!                                  Escape to local shell
?                                  Synonym for help

WinSCP is a popular graphical free sftp client for Windows. Use the same server name and log in credentials as documented above for Linux.