How do I install FUGU on a Mac?

This FAQ was last modified on: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 10:20pm

SFTP on Mac: Using FUGU

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Attention OS X 10.7 (Lion) and OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) users: The current release of FUGU is not compatible with Lion. Please install the Universal Binary if you are using Lion or Mountain Lion. Click this link to go to the download page. 

At Georgia Tech, your prism account comes with an allotment of disk space on acme. To successfully complete this lab, you will have to store files on this remote system. To get your files from your home computer to your GT account, you will need an SSH file transfer protocol (SFTP). As we said before, an SFTP allows you to securely copy files from a local computer to a remote computer and vice versa. FUGU is one such protocol, and the one we recommend you use. If you wish to explore other options in your free time, you might consider Transmit, Cyberduck, Fetch, or FileZilla.

As an aside, if you are doing this portion of the assignment on a library Mac, FUGU should already be installed.

Installing FUGU

Once you have downloaded the latest .DMG (Disk Image file), double click it to "mount" it. FUGU will ask you to agree to their licensing agreement. Clicking agree is the only way to continue the installation. This should add a new "drive" in your Finder window. Drag the FUGU icon into your Applications folder as shown below (Click the images to get the full size).

FUGU install image

FUGU is now installed on your computer.

Logging In

NOTICE: If you are trying to do this from an off campus location, you MUST connect using the GT VPN client. Again, if you are NOT connected to a port on the GT campus network, please connect your computer to the GT network using the GT VPN.

If you don't have the GTvpn client installed, you can get the current Cisco VPN client for GT below (Choose your Operating system):

Once you have established a working VPN connection, (If You're Off Campus) you may continue with the instructions below:

Now that FUGU is installed, go to the Applications folder and double click it. This should bring up something like the following.

FUGU startup

Fill in the appropriate information:
Connect to:
Username: Your GT account name
Port: 22
Directory: Leave this blank

Required information

Click "Connect".

When get the prompt for your password, enter your Active Directory / GT account password and click "Authenticate". There's a really high chance that it is your GT account password, since most people set the two passwords to be the same. If, for whatever reason it's not, visit to look up or change your password.

After entering your password, FUGU should go to something that looks like this:

FUGU appearance after login

The left side is your local computer, and the right side is your Prism drive. If you've ever saved files in a GT Computer Cluster on Active Directory (The library, 1371 Helpdesk, 2nd floor of the student center), you'll see them all on the right side now. You should navigate the left window to where your html and css files are stored. In the right window, you should create a folder named public_html to store your web pages in. Everything you are submitting for this assignment must be in the public_html directory.

Setting Permissions

FUGU allows you to easily set permissions of your files and folders. Files and folders have three permissions (See: More Permissions) for three kinds of people. The three permissions are:

Abbreviation Name Description
Three Permissions Table
R Read Allows people to view the file, or files in the folder.
W Write Allows people to edit the file, or add/remove files to the folder.
X Execute Allows people to run the file, or the files in the folder

The three types of people are Owner, Group, and Others. You are Owner, everyone else will be Group or Others, so we'll treat them the same.

You should set your public_html folder's permissions to Allow the Owner to Read, Write, and Execute, but set Group and Others to be able to Read and Execute, but not write beause they could mess up your files. To set the public_html folder's permissions, right click it and choose Get Info. Once the permissions are properly set, it should look like this:

Public_html permission revisions

Remember: You'll need to have these permissions on the directory with your username on it (Push the up arrow on the far right to get to it) AND every file for this lab.

Transferring Files

This is actually the easiest part. Simply select all the files you want (You can use shift-click and cmd-click to select multiples) and drag them from the left side to the right. For this lab, you will need to make sure ALL of your files go in the public_html folder.

Tranferring Files

To update files that are already on the remote directory, just drag them from the local directory to the remote directory again. FUGU will notify you that the file(s) already exist. Choosing Yes to All will ensure that all of your files get properly updated.

Courtesy of: CS1371 Lab 2