About SURFfilesender

Want to send and receive files quickly, securely and easily? With SURFfilesender, you can send large files, such as research data. SURFfilesender is also suitable for smaller files, such as reports. The files are stored in the Netherlands. Encryption provides added security.

SURFfilesender: for every file format

You can easily send extremely large files of research data using SURFfilesender, for example genome sequences or astronomical observations. But SURFfilesender is also suitable for smaller files such as reports.

Secure and reliable using encryption

With SURFfilesender, your files are sent securely. The uploaded files are stored in the Netherlands for no more than 21 days. Although SURFfilesender is already secure as it is, you can also opt for additional security in the form of encryption. Files up to 2 GB can be send using encryption. All you have to do is send the recipient a ‘key’ via a second channel: telephone or SMS, for example. The recipient then enters this key, which allows them to download the file. This way, you can determine who is allowed access to your valuable research data or confidential files.

Fast and user-friendly

SURFfilesender is very easy to use. You don't have to install anything in order to send and receive files. Both you and the recipient only need a modern browser. SURFfilesender is connected to SURFconext, so you can easily log in using your own institutional account. Guest access is also possible to enable the secure exchange of files with individuals without a SURFfilesender licence.

For institutions: making SURFfilesender available to users

The service SURFdrive is provided by SURF and can be purchased by educational and research institutions within the Netherlands. Institutions can then offer SURFdrive to their users (mostly students, researchers and employees of that institution). If your institution is interested, or if you would like more information about SURFfilesender, see the SURFfilesender information page for institutions.

Personal data

Legal note: you personal data are processed when you use this service. 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. At the bottom of the FAQ page we give some general explanation about how your data is processed. For more information and specific questions you can contact your own institution.

Latest modifications 13 Jan 2019