How to use SWITCHfilesender

SWITCHfilesender is a secure means of sending large files. However, it is not suitable for storing large files, since the files are deleted after 20 days at the latest. If you want to save large files in the cloud, we recommend SWITCHdrive

To log in, please select your institution from the list of Identity Providers (IdPs). If it’s not on the list or you can’t login successfully, please inform your local IT service. 

The maximum possible file size for uploads is shown in the top right-hand corner on SWITCHfilesender.

As regards the technical requirements for using Filesender, there are two possibilities:

  • with a new HTML5 compatible browser, you can send files up to 50 GB
  • using an (older) browser with Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher, you can send files up to 2 GB

The current versions of Firefox and Chrome for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux / Safari 6 or newer for Mac OS X as well as IE 10 or newer for Windows are all HTML5 compatible.

With an HTML5 compatible browser, you can resume an interrupted upload simply by resending the same file. Make sure the document still has the same name so that SWITCHfilesender can recognise it again. Once the upload starts, you should see the progress bar jump to the position where the previous upload stopped and continue from there.

If you’ve made changes to the document in the meantime, you must rename it. This will ensure that a new upload takes place and all of your changes are sent correctly.

The resumption of interrupted uploads is only possible with HTML5 compatible browsers.

You only need a modern browser, you do not require Adobe Flash or HTML5 to download.

  • Maximum number of e-mail recipients: 100 e-mail addresses (separated by commas or semi-colons)
  • Maximum number of files for uploading: You can only upload one file at a time with SWITCHfilesender. To upload multiple files at the same time, save them in a zip folder first.
  • Maximum file size for uploads with Adobe Flash: 2 GB
  • Maximum file size for uploads with HTML5: 50 GB
  • Maximum storage period for files: 20 days
  • Maximum validity period for invitation vouchers: 20 days

SWITCHfilesender is free of charge.

Yes. People from participating institutions can send a voucher to “externals”. Each voucher allows the recipient to use SWITCHfilesender once.