8 Free FTP Clients For Mac

If you have a self-installed WordPress blog, you should be familiar withFile Transfer Protocol (FTP). This is the protocol used by WordPress users to upload plugins and themes to the web server. FTP is also a popular protocol used by website builders to transfer files between computer and web server.

To be able to use FTP, you need an FTP client. There are two kinds of FTP clients: computer-based andweb-basedOnline FTP Clients: Use FTP Online without Installing A ClientRead More, but we are not going to discuss the web-based clients here.

While trying to update one of my blogs, I tried to search for several alternative FTP clients for my Mac. And here are the results

1.Classic FTP is a fully featured, free FTP client available for Mac OS X and Windows. It has a Mirror and Upload tool which will scan a selected local folder and upload any files that do not exist on the remote folder. The application also allows you to synchronize navigation of a local and remote folder.

2.CrossFTP is designed to be an easy-to-use client. It has a two-pane browser-like user interface which is simple to learn and use. Multi-tabs design facilitates managing and connecting multiple FTP sites simultaneously in a single window. Its written in Java so it would work in any Java-enabled machine.

3.FileZilla is a popular Windows-based FTP client. I didnt even know that there was a Mac version of FileZilla until I researched for this article. I had high hopes when I was about to use this app for the first time. But personally, I think that the Mac version is not as easy to use asthe Windows versionTransfer Files by FTP with FileZillaRead More. FileZilla is also available for Linux.

4.Cyberduck is a open source product licensed under the GPL and free to use. It is available in many languages and most translations are contributed by users. It is voted by many Mac communities as one of the best FTP clients available for Mac. Cyberduck is also available as a dashboard widget.

5.OneButton FTP is a graphical FTP client for Mac OS X with a strong emphasis on simplicity, drag and drop usability, and file queuing. It allows you to easily transfer files to and from remote servers, such as the ones hosting your websites, simply by dragging files to and from your computer. At the time of writing, this app is no longer supported by the author, but still works fine.

6.MacFusion is an open source Mac application that allows you to work with files on servers across the internet, as if they were sitting on your computer. Macfusion presents as a Volume in Finder. Macfusion works with SSH/SFTP and FTP servers. This app requires Leopard andGoogles MacFUSE. You can learn more about how to set up MacFUSE on thewiki howto pageor theQuicker Start Guide page.

7.bertragen is a widget designed to transfer files, be it to a FTP server, to another Mac running Ubertragen on your local network (through Bonjour) or to one of your Bluetooth devices.

8. is a drag-and-drop FTP upload widget. It has a simple interface and runs nicely. Just drop a file, the gate slides up, the file gets transfered, and you are done.

There are others, of course, which did not make it to the list simply because of my lack of knowledge. So, if you know any other alternatives, please share using the comment below.

And, dont forget to check out other MakeUseOfs articles aboutFTPandFTP Clients.

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Do not use ClassicFTP it is sooo slow and to my knowledge it lacks major features such as CHMODEing.

SublimeText is a really good one. But unfortunately its only for windows.

FireFTP and Fetch for me. For simple jobs, Go=Server… and typeftp://serveris also adequate.

Ive been using Filezilla for a long time. I personally found it much superior than Cyberduck. chmoding, remote editing, toggling hidden/system files etc cant be done (or maybe there is some complex way to do it) in Cyberduck. Thanks for the article, I have some others to try.

Have you tries cmnd . for preferences?

There you will find that you can select an editor, I use smultron.

Try cmnd i to change permissions or ctrl return to copy or change the name.

Have you tried cmnd . for preferences?

There you will find that you can select an editor, I use smultron.

Try cmnd i to change permissions or ctrl return to copy or change the name.

Er…doesnt OSX include the usual FTP client…you know, ftp?

AFAIK, theres no stand-alone FTP client included in OS X, but you can use Go — Connect To Server menu (or Command + K) in Finder to connect to FTP server.

Fetch is free for educational and charitable use.

Good information and thanks for doing the research. If you use the Firefox browser on your Mac you can install the FireFTP addon for the browser (This also works in Windows).

I use this exclusively now and would recommend it to any one because of its ease of use. You can get it here: /

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