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AFS at Stanford

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.

Because this website uses an older two-step authentication method, when you download the software you might not see the updated version of the two-step authentication screens.

AFS at Stanford is used to mount mount AFS directories to your Windows Explorer or Mac desktop, to use similarly to the way you would work with other folders. You can access your own AFS space, or space in other user, group, class, and department directories, provided you have been granted the necessary permissions. 

AFS at Stanford provides an alternative to SFTP clients, such as SecureFX (for Windows) or Fetch (for Macs), for those who frequently access files in AFS.

System requirements


  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7 and later
  • Kerberos for Windows must be installed prior to installing AFS at Stanford for Windows


  • Supported Operating Systems:  OS X 10.7 and later


  • Faculty, staff, and students with a full-service SUNet ID


If AFS at Stanford stops working after a Windows update, uninstall AFS at Stanford and then reinstall it.

AFS cell information:
cell alias: ir