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Astro Linux Server

Astro is a central Linux server for performing programming assignments and hosting personal web pages. 


The Astro server provides a Linux environment for performing programming assignments and hosting personal web pages. The server provides the standard GNU C compilers and is available for use by Temple students, faculty and staff.

Obtain Access

To use the Astro Linux server, direct your secure shell software (ssh) client to See the Instructions section for details.


  • Mac Terminal Quick Reference Guide  Provides instructions on how use a secure telnet program called Terminal, which comes with the Mac OS, to access your Astro account.  
  • Install Bitvise SSH Client  Explains how to download and install the free Bitvise SSH Client to access your Astro account from a Windows computer.
  • Linux Quick Reference Guide Explains how to perform basic tasks on Temple's central Linux systems. Topics include creating files and directories, using the nano editor, printing, using online help, and other topics.  
  • Quick List of Linux Commands Shows an alphabetical listing of commonly used Linux commands.  
  • Fetch Quick Reference Guide  Provides instructions on how obtain and use Fetch. This program enables you to transfer files between a Mac and your Astro account.

File Storage

  • Your storage quota limit on the Astro Linux Server is 1GB.
  • For information on how long you can access your files once you graduate and how to download your files, see Keep Your Files When Graduating Temple.


You must:

  • be a current student, faculty or staff member with a valid AccessNet account,
  • have a basic understanding of the Linux operating system (how to switch directories, create/move/delete/rename files), and
  • be able to use ssh software (Mac TerminalFetch, Bitvise SSH Client, PuTTY).


For assistance with using the Astro Linux server, contact the Information Technology Services Help Desk by clicking the Request Help tab on the Information Technology Services home page or calling 215-204-8000.