Installing CRSP Desktop for Windows

1. Introduction

The CRSP Desktop is a licensed and branded version of the generic Mountain Duck product. It allows you to map one or more CRSP drives or file paths to a folder name on your PC. This is easiest way to integrate CRSP storage into your desktop or laptop. While other software that uses the underlying SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) can be used to access CRSP, this is the client software that UCI supports.

If you encounter issues with the installation, contact CRSP support via e-mail

2. System Requirements

Platform Supported Operating System Minimum Hardware Requirements


Windows 8 / Windows 10

Pentium Class Processor / Minimum 4GB of RAM ( 8GB Recommended ) / Minimum 1GB of disk space

3. Download CRSP Desktop

You must be directly connected to the UCI network or remotely connected though the UCI VPN to download the installer
UCI pays a per-seat license for CRSP Desktop. Please do not share your downloaded copy of CRSP Desktop Installer with anyone. Instead have them download their copy through the method described here.

Follow the instructions exactly as described below:

  • If you have a different (previous or newer) version of the CRSP Desktop (or Mountain Duck), please uninstall it.

  • Using your choice of the web browser logon to the CRSP File Browser where you need to login with your UCNetID and passwd

  • Click on the CRSP-Desktop folder.

  • Select CRSP-Desktop-Windows.exe and then click Download to download the file. Note, the menu with Download will appear only after you select the file:

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Figure 1. Select CRSP-Desktop-Windows.exe and then click 'download'

4. Install CRSP Desktop

  1. By default, the file is downloaded in your Downloads directory. Find the downloaded file, double-click on it to launch the installation. This installation includes the licensed version of CRSP Desktop.

  2. In the opened window click Install to Install the CRSP Desktop on your laptop.

    win install crsp desktop
    Figure 2. Click Install to Install the CRSP Desktop on Your System.
  3. After a successful installation, follow the instructions to restart your computer and click Restart

    win restart computer
    Figure 3. Click 'Restart' to restart your system

Congratulations! CRSP Desktop is now installed in your system!

5. Configure your CRSP Lab as a Folder

CRSP Desktop shows up in the Windows Notification Area or system tray. You can left-click or right-click on the CRSP Desktop icon to configure your specific folders.

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Figure 4. CRSP Desktop is accessed in the Windows Notification Area

Click on the CRSP Desktop Icon to open a set of bookmarks. There is a template bookmark labeled panteater. You will edit this bookmark with your specific information.

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Figure 5. Click on the CRSP Desktop Icon and then Edit the panteater bookmark

5.1. Mapping Your CRSP Lab Share

The most common share to access is a lab share, owned by a UCI principal investigator. If you are a graduate student or post-doctoral researcher, you will need to know the UCNetID of your advisor.

Needed information to connect to CRSP:

  1. Your UCNetID

  2. The UCNetID of the CRSP lab owner (usually your PI, or your UCNetID if it is your CRSP Lab)

In this example configuration, we are going to use the following specific information for user "ppapadop" to access the "npw" lab:

  1. UCNetID - ppapadop

  2. UCNetID of lab owner - npw

You will edit four (4) fields in the default bookmark: Nickname, Username, Password and Path

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Figure 6. Fields to edit in the default bookmark
only the last part of the Path that represents your UCNetID (underlined green) should be edited. The /mmfs1/crsp/lab must remain.
The URL is created from the information you type in, you don’t directly change it. This is using the SFTP protocol to access CRSP and is an end-to-end encrypted connection.

After editing the bookmark with the specific information, your screen should look similar to the one below (but with your specific information in place). Click OK to save the updated bookmark

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Figure 7. Edited bookmark. Click OK to Save.

5.2. Connecting Your CRSP Lab Share

After editing, if you click on the CRSP Desktop Notification Icon, you should see your edited bookmark. For our example, it looks like the following:

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Figure 8. Edited Bookmark Saved. Click connect to open your share

At this point, your lab share is connected and you can use it just like a folder or network drive.

6. Adding Additional Shares

You are not limited to just a single, mapped, space. To create a new share, click Open Connection to create a new template and edit it following the directions above.

Here is an example with multiple connections configured and active.

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Figure 9. Multiple connections to different CRSP labs

Please see guides below that provide more information and explain how to get an account, use CRSP and get help:

CRSP Howto Guide

Troubleshooting CRSP Access

Frequently asked questions

LAB allocation

File recovery


CRSP Access

How CRSP is built