Advanced Services

In addition to the websites we offer, your SCCS account gives you access to several lower-level services. While a lot of these are offered mostly for historical reasons, they still might be useful to you. As always, feel free to contact with any questions.


We operate a SSH server at You can sign in to the server with your SCCS account and do anything that you can normally do on a remote server, including long-running processes like web servers and file storage. The SSH server (currently a machine named Heron) runs Ubuntu with a variety of packages installed; if you'd like something else installed, just let us know. Also, just like any of our services, you'll keep your access and data after graduation.

We don't have a formal storage quota, but be reasonable, as we have a finite amount of backup space. That said, if you've got lots of data that you don't really need multiple replicas of, we can probably accomodate you up to a terabyte or so—just come talk to us first so we can exclude those files from the backup set.

The key fingerprints of our server are: ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAADAQABAAABAQCx9vzUUyHrAsqo2PtmtCYIQUQxnVoXRWLfiePrWwy7Oc/hSri1RneqwN5qBguJo7FFWEUNq1n6zpxCgLfaxODX/c5RBRIzmHkKFzWs67Y0ABtsB0349gYoQPl0/sa1O+Fpmtkn96M9EXdW2OFceeyhL/bsuvnZoHdkiE+wlfIySeJuDfd2k7eIOUu2k2yM5WsxOiveOcF47Nc+4mwFQlHfo3fA8XoqEkzEyZX50imsDRWuNmlbVGrP3OfUlYY4NKaRTJ/j1Ou/QHprAUqJnQiAoUVj65BAEVmO6n37GYjkO3Zw2rQqYjN4dNrMOeh/sb1A0VUOlcxKUctCRkSgksMh ecdsa-sha2-nistp256 AAAAE2VjZHNhLXNoYTItbmlzdHAyNTYAAAAIbmlzdHAyNTYAAABBBA4fCJqvTX3ilmWc7gMVRDSh5ETjr+2CkKd5RmGN2BJcxmDDDJtrC9I2LM47lD+Dd4v7ehPlZ+LBCTnV8Gdn8WM= ssh-ed25519 AAAAC3NzaC1lZDI1NTE5AAAAIL1DTcuz+cBEQ5/8BmPa8BXkdjxwL1aWq2ihoi21agqR

Web Hosting

You can serve webpages (or any other file) from our servers. If you SSH in, you'll see a folder in our home directory on our server called web-docs: anything in that folder will be accessible via our Apache web server at[class year]/[username]/path/to/file. For example, if you're in the class of 2024 and your username is phineas, then the contents of your web-docs folder will be accessible at You can also use a tilde: will redirect to the same place.


Your SCCS account also gives you access to an email account hosted on our servers at [username] This service is mostly offered for historical reasons, dating back to an era where email accounts were associated with a specific machine and free email providers such as Gmail didn't exist. You can technically use us as your only email provider (set up email forwarding to forward to your SCCS mailbox and read mail via command line on our SSH server), but this is an extremely bad idea these days for a variety of reasons. If you need to receive mail to your SCCS account (most often for cronjob results) it's a better idea to forward it to an existing email account. You can do that here.


If you're a Swarthmore student and you have something else you'd like to do using our resources, just let us know! We can host databases, set up websites for student organizations, or do plenty of other things.