What is sett?

sett stands for “Secure Encryption and Transfer Tool” and is a python-based wrapper around GnuPG and SFTP that automates the packaging, encryption, and transfer of data.

sett is available both as a GUI program sett-gui, and in command line sett. Most functionality of sett is available in both the GUI and the command line.

sett is developed as part of the BioMedIT project. It is licensed under the GPLv3 (GNU General Public License) and the source code is available from its public GitLab repo


When using sett to transfer data into the SPHN BioMedIT network, a number of additional constraints apply. These specific instructions are highlighted throughout this documentation in BioMedIT labeled boxes, just like this one.