Using FTP & Aspera to access a download account
- Why have I been provided a download account?
- What is the difference between FTP and Aspera?
- How do I download using FTP?
- How do I configure my FTP client to access my FTP account?
- How do I download data using Aspera?
- How do I obtain an encryption key to decrypt files?
The dataset/s that you have requested are not yet availible to download using the EGA Download streamer client or you are having technical issues using the EGA Download streamer. As a result, the files have been added to a download account for you to access using FTP or Aspera. All files in your download account* are encrypted using either GnuPG (.gpg), Bcrypt (.bfe) or .cip and will need to be decrypted using an encryption key.
*PLEASE NOTE: The download account 'ega-box-233' contains public and open access files and, as a result, the files are not encrypted. You do NOT need to request encryption keys for files found within this download acount.
FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, is a standard network protocol for exchanging files across the internet. Aspera is a faster alternative to FTP and provides greater user control enabling individual transfer rates and bandwidth sharing to be set.
All users may access their download accounts using FTP. See this this comparison of FTP software for a list of FTP clients.
Please check with your systems department to ensure that your firewall is able to access the IP address:188.8.131.52
The following examples represent a non-exhaustive list of freely downloadable clients:
Windows/MAC - GUI FileZilla
Using ftp to access ega-box-xx
Using FileZilla to access ega-box-xx
Start FileZilla and click on 'Site Manager' under the 'File' menu.
Click 'New Site' in the resulting pop-up window and complete the details under the 'General' tab only, as shown below (MAC version 184.108.40.206):
Then click on ‘Connect’ to access your FTP account.
If downloading outside of your firewall, you may need to check that this activity does not conflict with the Data Access Agreement; if in doubt pleas revert to using ftp.
Please note that currently Aspera does not support proxy authentication, if this proves to be an issue please try speaking to your systems department to solve the problem.
Aspera is a commercial file transfer protocol that may provide faster transfer speeds than ftp especially over longer distances.
Operating System: Windows XP / 2003 / Vista / 2008 / 7 / 8, Mac OS Intel 10.5 / 10.6 / 10.7 / 10.8 / Linux
The Aspera ascp command line client can be downloaded here. Please select *Aspera Connect*.
The ascp command line client is distributed as part of the aspera connect high-performance transfer browser plug-in and is free to use.
You don't have to register in order to download the Browser Plug-in and the download is free of charge.
The location of the 'ascp' program in the filesystem:
Mac: on the desktop go cd /Applications/Aspera\ Connect.app/Contents/Resources/ there you'll see the command line utilities where you're going to use 'ascp'.
Windows: the downloaded files are a bit hidden. For instance in Windows 7 the ascp.exe is located in the users home directory in: AppData\Local\Programs\Aspera\Aspera Connect\bin\ascp.exe
Linux: should be in your user's home directory, cd /home/username/.aspera/connect/bin/ there you'll see the command line utilities where you're going to use 'ascp'.
Using ascp from the command line
Use the command line below to copy files or directories (SRC) to your favoured destination (DST):
ascp -QT -L- -l 1000M ega-box-N@fasp.ega.ebi.ac.uk:<SRC> <DST>
e.g. To download all data from ega-box-01 to your current directory:
ascp -QT -L- -l 1000M email@example.com:. .
(Ensure that the ascp.exe file, located Aspera\Aspera Connect\bin, is in the directory from which the command line is run)
Options for ascp:
- -Q Enables the fair transfer policy, which ensures that the available bandwidth is shared amongst other traffic and transfers at a fair rate
- -T Disables encryption for maximum throughput
- -L Creates an error log
- -k2 Enables fatal transfer restarts
- -l Maximum bandwidth
Check the command line transfer usage for more configuration details
Keys can be obtained by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org and are provided to access all files that you have been permitted to access.
You are NOT required to request encryption keys for the download account 'ega-box-233' as the files within this download account are NOT encrypted.
Keys are delievered by two methods:
1) Post (FREE) - Please provide postal address
2) Courier - Please provide address and courier account number and we will arranage a courier on your behalf.