The Tardis Project

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The Tardis Project is a computing facility, run and maintained by students of The University of Edinburgh. It was one of the first such projects of its kind, founded in 1987 by the School of Informatics (previously Department of Computer Science) and is still held in high regard. Tardis provides services to members of the University, such as web hosting and mail access.

One of the Tardis Project's main aims is to allow students at the university to be involved in running a large computing system, and learn the experience required to design, build and maintain such a system.

Get an Account

Accounts are open to all students and staff, for more information, please see the Account Applications, or contact us with any queries you may have.

More about the Tardis Project and its purpose can be found in The Tardis Charter.

Login TL:DR;

ssh More info on the Shell Service.

More verbose information on using Tardis can be found here: Tardis Beginner Tutorials

Next meeting

We regularly have meetings in the The Auld Hoose on Mondays at 1830. All are welcome and we would especially like to meet any freshers interested in the project or who want accounts.

If you would like to chat to existing tardis users, our timelords or assistants (sysadmins) please join our IRC channel: #tardis on ImaginaryNET.

Popular Services

Current Events

Here is a list of current changes, major problems and developments going on in Tardis.

See also Admin Projects.

If you would like to help us with or you would like to learn about how we are doing any of the above projects please contact us at


1 May 2015

  • Tardis is now living in the Informatics Forum Data Center. Access is supervised and only within business hours (Mon-Fri).

14 October 2013

  • We have a webserver again! The wiki is back, and is authenticated against LDAP. Yay!

10 July 2012

  • Mantis returns! After a 7-8 month break we have a webserver again. Unfortunately the old webserver data is still stuck on assorted (possibly corrupted) SCSI drives, if anyone wants to have a go at pulling the data off let us know!
  • NFS shares have moved to a new server Astrid which is a Xen DomU running on Ukairo a HP ProLiant with two RAID arrays inc. 400GB of RAID5 which will store all homedir/maildir and eventually webdirs (if we get them back).