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AFS (Andrew File System) is a distributed, networked file system that enables efficient file sharing between clients and servers. AFS files are accessible via the Web or through file transfer programs such as OpenAFS or Fetch (Macintosh) and SecureFX (Windows). AFS can also be provisioned for a department.


Use this option when you…

  • need to share documents and files over the network with colleagues
  • faculty, staff, and students have valid SUNet ID

Example Use Cases

  • Dedicated research purpose and/or requirement for Stanford department, group and course

Cost Considerations

  • AFS storage space is free of charge
  • Any user with SUNet ID users get 5 GB of AFS disk space
  • Additional disk space is available by request for faculty-sponsored research


  • Support is provided by UIT Core Infrastructure team.