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Mediaflux Explorer

1 Introduction

The Mediaflux Explorer is a Java application that you run on your desktop computer. It interacts with the Mediaflux server via the secure HTTPS protocol. This application complements the standard web-based Desktop interface (which we largely recommend only for administrative usage). The focus of the Explorer is uploads, downloads, queries and sharing of data.

Because the Explorer needs a specific version of Java to operate correctly, we provide the Explorer pre-packaged for different operating systems. We do not recommend attempting to work with just the jar file (for which you must supply the correct Java) and that will not be discussed further here.

Once you have successfully installed the Explorer, you can use these Video guides on the usage of the Mediaflux Explorer to learn how to utilise it.

Here is the Explorer Known Issues page.

2 Getting the Explorer

The Explorer is under active development from Arcitecta and we will provide updates as new versions are made available.

3 Run the Explorer

To access your Mediaflux project space with the Mediaflux Explorer

  • Windows : select the Explorer program from the list of available programs
    • On some machines, group policy may prevent you from running the application when installed in standard Programs. Just move it to your desktop, then you should be able to run it.
  • Mac OS X : just double-click (or right-click and open) on the application (in /Applications)
    • Depending on your security settings, you may see a warning about running the app (downloaded from the internet). Just click OK to continue. If you can't run the Explorer at all by double clicking the App the right-click and select open, then accept the warning.
  • Linux : execute the mexplorer script


  • If you are running the Explorer on a remote host and displaying back to your desktop via X11, and that Desktop is running Mac OSX, you have to add a configuration to the OSX environment. Enter the following at the OSX Terminal command line and then restart the quartz X11 engine (just restart your computer if you don't know how)
    •  defaults write org.macosforge.xquartz.X11 enable_iglx -bool true 

In all cases, you must configure the Explorer to access the correct Mediaflux server.You just enter these into the appropriate entry boxes in the GUI that you see once you start the Explorer.

  • https (the protocol) - in the left top box
  • (the host) - in the middle top box :
  • 443 (the port) - in the right top box :

You can see examples in the screenshots below (note some are old and refer to an earlier host - use the values above).

4 Login

Mediaflux requires the triple of (domain, username and password) to log in. All the Mediaflux login screens show these fields.

4.1 University of Melbourne Central (Active Directory) Account

You can login to Mediaflux directly with your University of Melbourne institutional credential

To login with your UoM credential

  • You must enter the protocol, server and port details first (as above)
  • Enter unimelb (staff accounts) or student (student accounts) into the Domain entry field
  • Enter your usual institutional username (for the user field) and password (for the password field and click “Sign In ”.

This example is for a staff account.

4.2 Australian Access Federation (AAF) Account

It is possible to use your institutional credential to log in to Mediaflux via the Australian Access Federation if

  • your institutional identity provider (IdP) has installed the ECP plugin
  • the specific Mediaflux server you are working with has been configured to trust your IdP

To login with your AAF account

  • You must enter the protocol (https) and server/port details first
  • Enter “AAF” (or aaf) into the Domain entry field and press TAB to go to the next field.
  • A drop-down selection of known Institutions will then appear under the heading “AAF Virtual Home”.
  • Select your institution and then enter your usual institutional username (for the user field) and password (for the password field and click “Sign In ”.

The screen shot shows the selection of the University of Melbourne as the institution.

4.3 Local Account

If your account is a local account (i.e. not using your institutional account), you will have been provided with the details for domain, user and password. Just enter them and click “Sign In” or “Login”.

Here is an example for a local VicNode account, VicNode:nkilleen

5. How to Quit the Explorer

You can either close the application or select Quit after clicking on the Mediaflux from the menubar on the top.

data_management/mediaflux/howto/login_with_explorer.txt · Last modified: 2020/03/25 14:39 by Wilson Liu