IT Service: Cloud Storage (Seafile)

Quick guide

All persons with a weblogin account can use the service by logging in to https://sf.gsi.de/ with their full FAIR/GSI email address (e.g. e.musterfrau@gsi.de) and weblogin password (e.g. PROZ).
You may find instructions for resetting your password here.

Service description

Seafile is a software to synchronize and share files with team functions. You may easily share files with people outside GSI. All data resides on file servers on campus. You can access the service with its web GUI and a variety of clients.

To synchronize files with other people you can invite them to share folders (libraries). All invited persons will work on the same files. Alternatively you can send links to allow people to download single files. This can be used to for attachments which are too big for email.

You need

  • a browser using the site sf.gsi.de and/or
  • a client for your device (available for Windows, iOS and Android).

Each user has 2 GB disk space available by default. There is no backup for files saved on the server.

To transfer files securely you can add a password to your share links. Please send the password in a different mail than the one with the link.

Seafile can be operated easily when using the web UI at sf.gsi.de with your credentials (your email address, e.g. e.musterfrau@gsi.de and your weblogin password).

On the left side of the page you can navigate between you own libraries and the shared files

On the top border you have functions to manage the selected library.

Please avoid file names containing whitespaces or special characters when uploading files, because this may lead to problems during the download.

Internet Explorer lets you select only single or multiple files. Firefox however allows to upload complete folders.

After selecting some files you have extended functions at your disposal.

With iOS you can install a client to connect to our Seafile server. Install the app Seafile Pro from the Appstore. After that open the app click on Add account and Other server.

Please insert the following into the form:

Server: https://sf.gsi.de
Username: Your email address (e.musterfrau@gsi.de)
Password: Your weblogin password

Select Login.

Under libraries you can find your own and shared folders.

Install the client using the Software Center

The client allows you to synchronize files in on your local filesystem with the server.

When opening the Seafile client for the first time you define a root folder:

The client creates a folder named Seafile in the root folder.

Insert the connection data into the next window (FAIR-Center.eu is possible as well):

In the next step you can download the default library to your new folder.

If you already created libraries using the web interface, you should download them manually the first time. It is possible to change the target folder for each library.

The green symbol indicates that the library has been synchronized successfully.

The client has different options to manage synchronized folders. Set the sync interval to a value greater then zero, otherwise the automatism won't work.

As long as the client is active all your changes will be synchronized to the server in the background.

New folders can be uploaded to the server to start synchronization.

Availability and support

  • Availability: twenty-four-seven
  • On-call duty: not covered
  • Backup: no backup
  • Support hours: Mo-Fr during core working hours
  • Support email: seafile-service @ gsi.de

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