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To increase security and reduce risk, Stanford is sunsetting its WebAFS service that is used to upload and download files to AFS.

To optimize AFS and make sure it is serving its intended functions, UIT has also taken these actions:

  • UIT no longer automatically provisions new faculty and staff members with AFS user volumes. New faculty or staff who need a personal user volume must submit a Help request.
    • This change does not impact existing AFS directories or the process for adding permissions for new individuals to those existing directories. Your existing space and everything in it remains intact.
    • This change does not impact the auto-provisioning of new AFS user volumes for students and postdocs.

​Class volumes do not expire and are kept indefinitely. This is an official academic policy, and any change to this policy must be considered by the Faculty Senate.

In September 2024, rates will change for several technology services provided by University IT. View proposed FY25 rate changes.

The Stanford CGI (Common Gateway Interface) Service is designed to allow users to run programs on the web server to provide dynamic content, collect user input, and offer services otherwise unavailable on the default Stanford Web service.


The CGI servers run on the Debian Linux operating system and have the following software installed:

  • Perl version 5.20.x
  • PHP version 5.6.x
  • Python version 2.7.x

Can run software that has been written in:

  • Perl
  • PHP
  • Python

Administrative Systems also offers MySQL service for departments and groups. For more information, see MySQL Database Hosting.


Designed for

  • Current faculty, staff, and students; groups and departments.
  • The CGI servers securely executes requested programs out of the owner's AFS space. The owner can be a user, group, or department as long as the owner already has AFS space.


A full-service SUNet ID

Data security

May not be used to transmit High Risk Data, as defined by the Information Security Office.


Free of charge

Get started

Activate CGI service for your personal AFS account or request CGI service for a group, department, or class web site.

Get help

For assistance, please submit a Help ticket.

Learn more

Last modified April 12, 2023