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WebAFS User Guide

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.

WebAFS is a web-based interface to AFS. It allows you to access your files in AFS space anywhere from a computer with a web browser and an Internet connection.


  • Your web browser must have JavaScript enabled in order for WebAFS to work properly.
  • Recommended browsers are Safari 3.0 and Firefox for Macintosh and Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox for Windows.

To learn how to upload and download files, create and delete folders, etc., refer to the materials linked in the right sidebar.

Last modified April 30, 2013