Using OOD’s File Explorer

When working with the resources in OOD, your files are stored in your home directory on the storage space on the Discovery cluster. Similar to any file navigation system, you can work with your files and directories through the OOD Files feature as detailed below. For example, you can download a Jupyter Notebook file in OOD that you’ve been working on to your local hard drive, rename a file, or delete a file that you no longer need.


Your home directory has a file size limit of 100GB. Be sure to check your home directory regularly, and remove any files you do not need to ensure you do not run out of space.

  1. In a web browser, go to If prompted, enter your myNortheastern username and password.
  2. Select Files > Home Directory. The contents of your home directory display in a new tab.
  3. To download a file to your hard drive, navigate to the file you want to download, select the file, and click Download. If prompted by your browser, click OK to save your file to your hard drive.
  4. To navigate to another folder on the Discovery file system, click Go To, enter the path to the folder you want to access, and click OK.


From the Files > Home Directory view, the Edit button will not launch your .ipynb file in a Jupyter Notebook. It will open the file in a text editor. You have to be in Jupyter Notebook in order to launch a .ipynb file from your /home directory. See Using OOD’s Interactive Apps for how to access a Jupyter Notebook through OOD.