Carnegie Mellon University

Timeshare Linux

Timeshare Linux provides remote, command-line access to a load-balanced Linux system running Ubuntu 22.04 LTS that allows multiple concurrent users. Most software available in the campus Linux computer labs (e.g., MATLAB, SAS, Maple, etc.) can be accessed through Timeshare Linux.

Note: Timeshare Linux is only accessible on the Pittsburgh campus or VPN.

Timeshares can be accessed through:

  • Secure Shell (SSH) and Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
  • Visual Studio Code
    Note: You may need to turn on remote.SSH.lockfilesinTmp in the settings.

Provides access to:

  • Your AFS home directory for shared file storage
  • Multiple software titles and development environments


  • Students, faculty, and staff 

Note: You cannot install software requiring elevated or administrator privileges.