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Access Static Webspace (MacOS)

Lehigh computing accounts for faculty, staff, students, and departments (so-called "in-accounts") are all automatically provisioned with an area in which files can be placed that will be accessible on the web. This area is known as the account's static webspace. New users no longer need to do anything to "set up" the webspace, but they may need to install the tools and become familiar with the procedures to access it. For all of those who previously had webspace under the old AFS file system, all of the files from that area have been moved to the new area, and the method of access is similar (in fact, in most cases, identical). See the Static Webspace Overview for an introduction to the basic concepts.

You will access the web pages in two different ways. You (and your audience) view the pages on the web, via a web browser. What you need to know to do this is the web address, or URL. The base address for your webspace is, where "accountname" represents the four- or six-character username for the account where the files are stored (note the tilde character, "~" just before the account name). This address would be followed by the file name (or the file path of subdirectories followed by file name) of the file within the web space.

You access the webspace to add, edit, rename, or delete the pages by connecting to the file system on the host, using a secure shell terminal client (to issue Linux commands to work with the files) or a secure file transfer client (to upload files to the webspace from your local computer). The path in the file system to get to your webspace is /home/accountname/public/www-data/ (from the home directory for that account, which is /home/accountname/, which is where you start when you log in, change to the public subdirectory, and then the www-data subdirectory). The contents of this subdirectory is your webspace (it can contain as many files and further subdirectories as you wish to create). For MacOS computers, the built-in Terminal application (typically found in the Utilities folder within Applications) provides the terminal function. Use the following command in the terminal window to connect to the server (as previously mentioned, "accountname" represents the four- or six-character username for the account where the files are stored—type the at-sign, "@", exactly as shown):


LTS does not provide a MacOS file transfer application, Potential applications to look at (unsupported by LTS) include: Cyberduck (free), Filezilla (free), Fetch, and Flow.

For additional help, please contact the LTS Help Desk at 610-758-4357 or