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AFS on the Desktop

To increase security and reduce risk, Stanford is sunsetting its AFS service for web hosting and file storage. While you can still access AFS using your valid Stanford SUNetID, there are more secure web hosting platforms and document management solutions to which you should transition.

To reduce the use of AFS, UIT has 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 auto-provisioning of new AFS user volumes for students and postdocs.

    See New Process for Provisioning AFS User Volumes for more information.

  • All user, dept, and group AFS volumes must be renewed annually or they will be locked, archived, and permanently deleted as detailed in the AFS Volume Expiration Policy.


If you'd rather work with AFS in a way that lets you drag and drop files into folders, instead of working at the command line and using UNIX commands, you'll probably want to put AFS right onto your Macintosh or Windows computer.

Putting AFS on a Mac or Windows computer

 Stanford OpenAFS is the program that mounts AFS on your desktop. You can obtain Stanford OpenAFS from the OpenAFS at Stanford site.

Last modified April 12, 2023