Terminal login to the Grid

The other method for logging in to the grid is through a terminal application. This command-line access over SSH (secure shell) requires that you are comfortable with Unix/Linux, but offers greater flexibility and power than a GUI: one can start batch or interactive sessions to use Grid software and resources, can automate file handling and work through scripts, and have more control over one’s environment.

Connecting from a PC

  1. If using an HBS-owned machine, the SSH client SecureCRT should already be installed. For all other machines, please download SecureCRT here.

  2. Open SecureCRT and select from the menu File > Quick Connect.

3. Enter the hostname “researchgrid.hbs.edu”, your username (e.g. jharvard), and click “Connect.”

4. Several dialogue boxes may come appear; please press "Yes" or “Allow” for each. When prompted, please enter your HBS password.

If you’ve logged in successfully, you'll see a last login, greeting, and quota information, as well as the Unix (bash) prompt "researchgrid$."

For future logins, after opening  SecureCRT, the Sessions Manager window pane appears on the left. Double click on "researchgrid.hbs.edu" to connect, and enter your password when prompted.

Once logged in successfully, you’ll be place in your home directory at

/export/home/<group>/<username> (e.g. /export/home/faculty/jharvard). 

Project spaces are located at


See our Using Storage instructions for more information on home folders and project spaces. Continue on to our Running Jobs section for instructions on getting work done.

Guest Users can download Putty to gain terminal access to the HBS grid. Download Putty from this URL

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Once the Terminal is open type: ssh username@researchgrid.hbs.edu
  3. Your username is the local part of your HBS email address (e.g. jharvard) and your password is the same as your HBS credentials password
  4. You will be taken to your home directory /export/home/group/username (e.g. /export/home/faculty/jharvard). The path for project spaces is /export/projects/projectname