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Secure sending and receiving of small to very large files of data

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SURFfilesender is a web based application that allows authenticated users to securely and easily send large files to other users. Users without an account can be sent a guest upload voucher by an authenticated user.

  • Send files of research data up to 500 GB or smaller files, such as reports.
  • Uploaded files are stored securely in the Netherlands for no more than 21 days.
  • Optional end-to-end encryption, for files up to 2 GB, providing additional security.
  • Send files to anyone, also to people and organisations without a SURFfilesender licence.


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Getting Started

To use SURFfilesender, your institution needs a licence. When you log in to SURFfilesender, you are presented with a screen where you have to select your institution. If your institution is not listed, your institution doesn't have a SURFfilesender licence. Please contact the helpdesk at your institution.

SURFfilesender is connected to SURFconext, so you can easily log in using your own institutional account.

To exchange files securely with people that don’t have a SURFfilesender licence, use guest access.

For guests...

If you have been sent a guest voucher from Filesender you have been invited to upload files one or more times. The simplest way to do that is using the information contained in the invitation email. When uploading as guest, be sure to verify that any links in the guest invitation email are to a SURFfilesender that is running on a research facility you trust. If you are not expecting a guest link from a facility you know then the email might not be legitimate.

The user who invited you to this system might have done so allowing you to upload files and get a link to allow other folks to download those files. If you can not get a link then you will have to provide email address(es) of the people who you wish to invite to download the uploaded files.

For authenticated users...

If this installation of FileSender is on your research facility the login button on the top right of the page should let you login using standard institutional account. If you are unsure about what login credentials to use to access this SURFfilesender then please contact your local IT support.

As an authenticated user you should be able to upload files one or more times and either have SURFfilesender email the recipients after your upload completes or provide you with a link to allow file download. You should also be able to invite other researchers to the system to upload one or more files as a guest.


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Further information

Legal note: this service processes personal data. Your educational or research institution is legally accountable for the processing of this personal data and SURF has the role of processor on behalf of the institution.

For more information and specific questions you can contact your own institution.

Datatypes Biosample Data, Clinical Imaging Data, Clinical Research Data, Digital Pathology Data, Experimental Data
Research Process Access to Data & Samples
Type Service
Status Mature
Origin Surf
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