Couchdrop can be used for multiple scenarios, it can also be seen as a universal adapter to interact and access your backend cloud storage, whether this is through SFTP, FTP, S3, Web Portal or Couchdrop's API. The most common use case for Couchdrop is its use as a Cloud SFTP or Managed File Transfer platform.
Getting started with Couchdrop is simple and takes only a few minutes to get going. This guide will walk you through getting a basic SFTP solution up and running, as well point out any tips that may be of use.
Step 1. Configure your backend SFTP storage
So you have created an account with Couchdrop, what next? Couchdrop has provisioned you by default with hosted storage. If you wish to bring your own, you can connect your own third party storage such as SharePoint, Azure, Amazon S3, Google Drive, etc. Guides on how to connect third party storage can be located here.
- At the Couchdrop main dashboard simply click Add Storage Integration and select your chosen storage endpoint (if you wish to use Couchdrop's Hosted Storage, simply select "Other").
- You will be taken to a new screen to configure your storage endpoint
- Once you've configured your storage, simply Save Storage
- An example of a SharePoint site configuration:
Step 2. Configure SFTP users
To access the backend storage to upload, download or interact with the files you will need to create user accounts to login via SFTP. These users can be restricted to certain IP addresses, folders and file operations. Additionally you can disable insecure protocols and access to the Couchdrop platform.
- Go to the user management tab under Admin within the Couchdrop product interface
- On the right of the screen click add user
- You are taken to a window where you configure your SFTP user, provide your SFTP user the following:
|Password or RSA Key||
As you scroll down further user configuration is available:
When you've configured your user as above, then save settings. You will be returned to your user dashboard where you can see your newly created user and some details.
Step 3. Connect via SFTP
You have now configured the backend storage where data will rest, and a user who will upload, download and interact with the files at rest. Next step is for the user to connect. To connect use your organisations primary Couchdrop subdomain, or create a CNAME record and point it to this. You can find your organisations sub-domain under the global settings.
- Example configuration using Cyberduck:
- Uploading a file via Cyberduck
- The file has arrived in Couchdrop under the /couchdrop/test folder as expected (for more information you can look at Couchdrop's audit log for more information)
- Getting started with Couchdrop Automate
- Web portal custom branding
- Restricting users to specific folders and directories
- Redirecting storage root directory
- Sharing files, folders and directories
- Secure upload portal