Highlander AFS

​AFS is the primary academic computing environment at NJIT. The Andrew File System (AFS) is a distributed file system comprised of multiple file and database servers and several hundred MacOS, Linux, Unix, and Windows client computers. A very wide spectrum of both open source and commercial applications, compilers, libraries, and utilities is available in AFS. 

NJIT calls our AFS file system Highlander AFS for unique branding purposes. Highlander AFS uses your UCID login and password. To best access Highlander AFS services, your computer should be an AFS client. 

Accessing AFS

  • Information about accessing your AFS account from on-campus, click here.
  • If you are connecting to AFS from off-campus please click here.

Storage Space

  • Each student, faculty and staff member receives storage space on AFS. More information about this space can be found here.

Web Pages

  • Personal web pages are stored on AFS.  Websites created by students in connection with their coursework are also stored on AFS.  Web.njit.edu is the web server for AFS. All Highlander AFS users can create a website on AFS. Once your Highlander AFS account is configured for web hosting, it will have a URL in the form: http://web.njit.edu/~yourUCID. Audio and video files in AFS are served from harp.njit.edu. This is done automatically for faculty and staff; students must explicitly specify harp.njit.edu as the server for such files. More information on setting up your homepage can be found here.


  • A wide spectrum of open source and commercial applications, compilers, libraries, and utilities is available in AFS. Operating system-specific software, such as binaries, are almost entirely for Linux. Plans are underway to also include binaries for MacOS.  More information about software installed on AFS can be found here.


  • Online backups of AFS user accounts normally occur daily between 10 PM and midnight. The online backup consists of a snapshot of user's account. It is available in the user's home directory as "BACKUP-AFS.ACCOUNT" These online backups are read-only; nothing in them can be modified.  However, the owner of the backed up data can read and copy any file to another location. The AFS permissions in the online backup are exactly the same as the permissions in the account. Online backups do NOT count against a user's AFS disk quota. More information about AFS Backups can be found here.

More about AFS...

  • Detailed information about AFS authentication and permissions, checking your AFS storage quota, troubleshooting issues and more can be found here.
Last Updated: November 26, 2018