Use HSI or HTAR under Cygwin in Windows

Cygwin is a package of GNU and open source tools for providing Unix-like functionality on workstations running Microsoft Windows. With Cygwin installed, you can use HSI and HTAR from your Windows workstation to access your account on Indiana University's Scholarly Data Archive (SDA).

You can download and install Cygwin for 32- or 64-bit Windows from the Cygwin Mirror Sites page; for installation help, see the Cygwin Installation page.

For use on personal workstations, IU SDA users can download and install HSI version 8.3.3 (bundled with its companion program, HTAR) from the UITS Research Technologies HSI folder in Google at IU My Drive. (You must be signed into your Google at IU account to access this folder; see Access Google at IU.) Bundles are available for 32- and 64-bit Windows, macOS, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and for 64-bit Ubuntu Linux.

  • To connect to the SDA with a local HSI/HTAR client, make sure you have version 8.3.3 installed.
  • To connect to the SDA with a local HSI/HTAR client from an off-campus network location, you must first email to request an off-campus exemption.

For help with HSI commands and options, see the HSI Reference Manual. For more about using HSI and HTAR with your SDA account, see:

If you have questions or need help using HSI or HTAR with your SDA account, email the UITS Research Storage team (

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