Cloud File Transfer (CFT) - Powering Secure and Compliant Cross-Zone File Transfers | Singapore Government Developer Portal
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CFT is a centralised, fully managed, API-driven file transfer service for the Singapore Government agencies. Hosted on the Government on Commercial Cloud (GCC), it enables public officers to automate file exchanges with the whole-of-government (WOG) network, business partners and vendors across the Internet and Intranet. CFT forms a part of the Service Layer in the Singapore Government Tech Stack (SGTS), which improves the quality, speed and agility of software development through code reuse.

Today, the Instruction Manual for Infocomm Technology and Smart Systems (ICT&SS) Management (previously known as Instruction Manual 8/IM8) policy requires applications to be separated into internet and intranet zones. While API gateways such as API Exchange (APEX) allow information sharing across zones, they are typically used to share small payloads – usually in text format. Thus, CFT was built as a complementary service to address our agencies’ growing needs to send/receive larger payloads such as high-resolution images and videos.

How does CFT Work?

File transfers in CFT can be understood using the airport luggage screening process as an analogy.

Fig 1: Understanding CFT's file transfer workflow via the airport luggage screening analogy

Key Features

  • Compliant with the Singapore Government’s Application Infrastructure Architecture Standard (AIAS) and ICT&SS Management policy
  • Large file exchanges between the public and private sectors
  • File encryption for data integrity and security
  • Audit and monitor functions for file transfers
  • Configurable security policies and workflows
  • Real-time notification alerts
  • Scheduling of file transfers
  • Time and cost savings


Early adopters of CFT can enjoy the service for free till end FY22. An indicative pricing will be released in Q3FY22.

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Last updated 02 July 2022

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