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File Transmission

Can the server deliver SPEEDE and ExPRESS files separately?

Yes. However, make sure separate file names are specified for SPEEDE and ExPRESS.

Can the server deliver files to a GDG (Generation Data Group)?

Yes. The SPEEDE server can deliver files to a GDG.

How do I get the PGP software?

See our Using PGP page.

How can I separate test files from production files?

Data element ISA15 can be set to “T” for test and “P” for production. You can also specify a separate testing address for SPEEDE to use to deliver files with ISA15 set to “T.”

What IP address needs to be whitelisted to receive files from the SPEEDE Server?

SPEEDE will always connect to with this IP

Will we be notified when data is delivered to our institution?

Yes. Whenever SPEEDE delivers a file to your institution, you will receive a notification at the email address you provided during registration. If the delivery is made via FTP, the email will include the file name and directory.

Can we receive files as soon as they are transmitted to the server?

Yes. Immediate delivery rather than once per day is an option.

File Naming Convention

What is the naming convention for files delivered from the server via FTP?

If you choose the “append” option, then you can use any file name. Otherwise you must append a two-digit counter to the file name to prevent overlaying files. The name may not exceed six characters, can include an extension.

ABCDEF: Files will be delivered as ABCDEF01 – ABCDEF99
ABCDEF.DAT: File names will be ABCDEF01.DAT – ABCDEF99.DAT

Are there naming conventions for files dropped off on the server?

No. Any name is acceptable when dropped off via FTP.

SPEEDE Registration

Can we change our registration information?

Yes. Generally, changes, such as changing from acknowledgement email to FTP delivery, are completed within one business day.


What do I need to do to send to the SPEEDE Server via SFTP?

First, you must establish an FTP account with the SPEEDE Server, which you can request when you register for SPEEDE. Please inform the SPEEDE Support team at SPEEDE-support@studentclearinghouse.org that you are going to send files via SFTP so we can update your FTP account to a SFTP account. You can choose whether to connect to the SPEEDE Server using a password or public key authentication. If you choose public key authentication, we will need your public key installed in your SFTP directory on the SPEEDE Server.

Can the SPEEDE Server send via SFTP without public key authentication?

No. The SPEEDE Server needs to use public key authentication when sending documents. Using a password is an interactive step (waiting for a prompt on the screen), whereas the SPEEDE Server sends via SFTP in batch format.

What do I need to do to have the SPEEDE Server send files to me via SFTP?

The SPEEDE Server administrators need to connect to your server to complete an initial “handshake,” which involves uploading our public key to your server. Basically, you need to have an SSH server with the SFTP subsystem configured. You also need to send the Clearinghouse a user name and password, along with the server’s host name or IP address. The SPEEDE Support team will then upload the Clearinghouse public key and confirm that we can connect to your server securely using public key authentication. Once this is confirmed, SPEEDE is ready to send electronic documents to you via SCP.

Does the SPEEDE Server offer secure FTP using SSH protocol?

Yes. The SPEEDE Server uses SCP (secure copy protocol) to send documents securely through encrypted channels. The SPEEDE Server also allows registered users to send files to it via secure FTP using a subsystem of the SSH protocol (hereafter, referred to as “SFTP”).

I am using OpenSSH. Is that compatible with the SSH program the SPEEDE server uses?

Yes, the two systems are compatible. It requires only a conversion of our public key from the SSH.com format to the OpenSSH format on your SFTP server.

Where do I get SSH and how do I install it?

Please see the SSH.com product documentation page and OpenSSH.