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# Importing your files¶

Importing manually

This page describes manually importing the files of an existing Drupal application into Acquia Cloud, as part of the process of manually importing the entire application. For information about other methods of importing an application, see Importing an existing application.

Acquia Cloud stores user-uploaded files of a Drupal application (the /files directory) on a network filesystem so that it can be shared across multiple web nodes. The network filesystem for your application is accessible as /mnt/gfs/[site].[env] (also accessible as /mnt/files/[site].[env]), where [site] is the name of your application on Acquia Cloud and [env] is the Acquia Cloud environment (one of prod, test, or dev). The files directories themselves are subdirectories of this network filesystem, such as /mnt/files/[site].[env]/sites/[subsite]/files.

In your deployed Drupal docroot, which is on the local disk for performance, Acquia Cloud creates a symbolic link from the files directory to the actual files directory in the network filesystem; in this way, Drupal is able to access the files in the location it expects. For example, [docroot]/sites/default/files is set up to be a symbolic link to /mnt/files/[site].[env]/sites/default/files. Acquia Cloud creates this symbolic link in any subdirectory of docroot/sites that contains a file named settings.php. As an example, if you have a multisite setup with the file docroot/sites/foo.com/settings.php, Acquia Cloud creates docroot/sites/foo.com/files as a symbolic link to /mnt/files/[site].[env]/sites/foo.com/files.

To import your user-uploaded files to your Acquia Cloud application, complete the following steps:

1. Enable SSH access to your server.
2. Upload your files to the user-uploaded files directory using the sftp, scp, or rsync command. This directory is /mnt/files/[site].[env]/sites/default/files or, for multisite installations, /mnt/files/[site].[env]/sites/[sitedir]/files. For more information, see Understanding files. For examples regarding how to use rsync, see rsyncing files on Acquia Cloud.