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Computing & Information Services

File Robot at Reed

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File Robot allows users at Reed to share or receive very large files (up to 2GB) with others, including those outside of the college. Generally, this is useful for files too large to send via email, for group collaboration, research, etc. File Robot is designed for short-term sharing as files are automatically deleted after 14 days. There are several sharing options with File Robot:

  1. Share with a specific Reed community member (submit the file to that user's File Robot).
  2. Share with anyone at Reed (requires a Reed login to download the file).
  3. Share with anyone who knows the passphrase (this passphrase is automatically generated by File Robot and must be entered by the user in order to download it).

Every Reed community member's File Robot is unlocked by default, allowing others to submit files to it. At any time, you can lock or relock your File Robot. Once a file has been submitted to your File Robot, you will receive an email notification and the file will be available to download for 14 days.

Note: Uploading to File Robot seems to work best with Safari and Chrome browsers. Firefox may experience trouble trying to upload files larger than 100MB. Please contact the CUS Help Desk with any questions.

Turning Off Your File Robot

  1. Go to and click Log In and then enter your Kerberos username and password.
  2. Click on the link that says Turn Off.  
  3. Your dropbox should now be locked and users will not be able to submit files.


Uploading Files to a Reed User's File Robot

  1. Go to https://apps.reed edu/filerobot and enter the name of the Reedie's File Robot you want to find in the search bar and then select the user.                  find Reedie FR

  1. On the next page, click Browse and find the file you want to upload.
  2. After you select the file, click Open and the file will be uploaded.

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  1. The user will receive an email alerting them that a file has been submitted to their File Robot, which will include a link allowing them to download the submitted file(s).

Sharing Files Using File Robot

  1. Go to and click Log In and then enter your Kerberos username and password.
  2. Click on the link that says Share File.
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  1. Upload the file you want to share under Share a File.

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  2. Choose who you want to share it with by selecting one of the listed options: Anyone (including users outside of Reed), Anyone at Reed (requires a Reed login), or Anyone who knows the passphrase (users will need to enter the randomly generated passphrase in order to download the file).
  3. Click Share.
  4. A link to the file you shared will be on the next page. That link can be given to anyone (Reed users and users outside Reed, depending on the sharing option) so they can access the files. If a passphrase is required, you will need to distribute that information to the users.

Please contact the CUS help desk at x7525 if you have any further questions.

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