Transfer to Hard Disk:

User’s data can be saved to external hard disks using a dedicated data backup PC in the control cabin. Please remember to come with a hard disk drive of sufficiently large size (we recommend a USB3 connection and a disk space of 8-10 TB).

Other options to retrieve your data are:

  • Globus is the solution of choice for very large data transfer but it requires the set up of a client software on the machine receiving the data.
  • Manual transfer  using the rsync, sftp or scp protocols is the more traditional solution for downloading data.

All these services require an ESRF individual account (except for the open datasets available through the data portal).  The possibility to download data is govern by the ESRF data policy (



Manual transfer:

Manual data transfer can be done using your favorite ssh, sftp or rsync client (typical example are the Linux command line tools like rsync or graphical clients like winscp or FileZilla).
You need to authenticate using an ESRF individual account.


  • Account type : SMIS account, Cybervisitor, ESRF staff account
  • Path : /data/visitor
  • Hostname :
  • Port : 22



With rsync
rsync -avz [account][data_dir] [target_dir]
With scp
scp -r [account][data_dir] [target_dir]