At the Department of Physics (D-PHYS) you usually have two accounts:

  • ETH Account: Provided to all ETHZ members
  • D-PHYS Account: Provided to users with D-PHYS affiliation

Please read our account policy page on how to obtain and extend D-PHYS accounts. All services inside the Department of Physics use the same login and password, called "D-PHYS account" or "physics account".

ETH Account

The ETH Account (or nethz Account) is given by the ETH Rektorat to every student and ETH human resources to every employee at ETHZ. You should get this login and password by regular mail to your home address. Please ask your secretary in case of problems.

This account is required to access your (or email, the wireless network, VPN, licensed software via ides and several other ETH-wide services:

Service Link / Docu Description
Network network Wired network
Wireless wireless Wireless (Wi-Fi) network
VPN vpn, webvpn Virtual Private Network
Printing printing Web-/network printing
Main Website ETH Websites (*
ETHIS (SAP) ETH Info and Support System
ETH E-Mail mail, webmail,
IT Shop ides Licensed Software Catalog
HPC Clusters id sis hpc EULER, Leonhard
Password password Set password, account info
ID/ITS Helpdesk faq, services, help ETH Account specific help

The password can be changed at

D-PHYS Account

The D-PHYS Account (or Physics Account) is given by ISG to students and members of the Department of Physics, either working for the administration or a particular institute (including guests) and to other departments receiving services provided by ISG D-PHYS.

This account is required to access your mail, network file storage, provides the login for our workstations, servers, websites and several other services:

Service Link / Docu Description
Host Login workstations Managed workstations
SSH Login ssh, computing Managed servers
Windows Login windows terminal server Windows Terminal Server
D-PHYS E-Mail mail, webmail
File Storage storage Personal home, Group shares
Groups groups Group/Access management
Backups backups, backuppc Daily backups
Web services web Websites (*
Public html homepage howto Personal/Group Homepages
Chat chat, #helpdesk chat room Matrix/Element chat server
Groupware groupware Calendar, address book
Password password Set password, account info
ISG Helpdesk faq, services, help IT Support for the D-PHYS

The password can be changed at

Account settings

Is the D-PHYS account the same as the NETHZ account?

No. There is a physics account and a nethz account. Not everyone has both of them and different things need different logins.

What about email?

As a D-PHYS employee, you will also get access to a D-PHYS email address. It's often easiest to create a forward from, or to, the ETH address.

How to recover a lost password?

In case you forgot your password, we can reset it and give you a new one. For obvious security reasons this cannot be done over the phone or by email. You need to come to our offices and bring an ID card. To help you create secure passwords you can easily remember and how to handle them securely, please see How to handle passwords.

Can I keep the account after I leave the D-PHYS or ETH?

See account expiration.