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Request: Free OSX FTP Program

Posted by Thu, 31 Aug 2006 18:01:00 GMT

19 comments Latest by Danno! Tue, 05 Sep 2006 19:49:06 GMT

Sadly… I do find myself having to connect to a client’s FTP server. I don’t want to do everything from the command line, Finder’s builtin FTP sucks, everything else for the GUI seems to be shareware, and relying on FireFTP to not crash Firefox… you get my point.

Is there anything as simple (and free) GUI FTP programs for OSX?

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    David Rice Thu, 31 Aug 2006 18:16:50 GMT

    Cyberduck is very good and open source, although I use Transmit myself it’s very nice and totally stable but it’s shareware.

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    john Thu, 31 Aug 2006 18:28:47 GMT

    cyberduck or fugu (sftp only)

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    Ben Bleything Thu, 31 Aug 2006 18:48:43 GMT

    I second the Cyberduck recommendation, but only because it’s free. I’ve had stability problems with it, but it gets the job done.

    Of course, you could buy Transmit and support your neighbors a few blocks north :)

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    rds Thu, 31 Aug 2006 18:51:25 GMT

    Just buy Transmit.

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    Justin Thu, 31 Aug 2006 19:02:26 GMT

    Bought transmit but never upgraded to 3. Started using Cyberduck since it’s free. Works fine. Never looked back.

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    Michael Biven Thu, 31 Aug 2006 19:05:49 GMT

    I agree with rds, just get Transmit. But if you absolutely don’t want to buy a client cyberduck and fugu are good choices.

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    victory Thu, 31 Aug 2006 19:35:48 GMT

    Yep, Cyberduck and Fugu are both nice freeware SFTP clients. Fugu only does SSH2-based SFTP transfers, though. Cyberduck does both traditional FTP as well as SFTP.

    I’d used both Cyberduck and Fugu for a number of months before eventually springing for Transmit since it was the only app that was able to properly mirror/synchronize folders between my PowerBook and my remote servers.

    Cyberduck and Fugu are both nice apps, but in the end I didn’t mind paying for Transmit since it simply allowed me to get on with my work with a minimum of fuss. (Which is why most of us use Macs in the first place, I suppose :)

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    Timothy Johnson Thu, 31 Aug 2006 19:42:10 GMT

    YummyFTP made me switch from Transmit, what a difference!

    Cyberduck otherwise, unless it crashes on you.

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    Luke Redpath Thu, 31 Aug 2006 20:03:07 GMT

    Of the free FTP apps available, Cyberduck is probably the best there is. But I found it slow and the interface isn’t brilliant.

    I too just bought Transmit in the end; its the best FTP app you can get for OSX.

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    Chris Thu, 31 Aug 2006 20:54:20 GMT

    RBrowser. Free, simple, easy.

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    Anders E Thu, 31 Aug 2006 21:07:42 GMT

    I second the Cyberduck recommendation :)

    But what’s wrong with the command line? NcFtp is a really nice CLI client – it’s available through ports (and fink?).

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    Michael Houghton Thu, 31 Aug 2006 21:38:54 GMT

    I really like the look of Transmit, but I too use Cyberduck. It really has become quite a nice stable app. Fugu is also OK.

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    Stephen Tudor Thu, 31 Aug 2006 22:51:32 GMT

    I used Cyberduck for a while, but after a long string of seemingly unneccessary crashes, I broke down and bought a license of Transmit. Boy, have I not regretted that. For all of Cyberduck’s instability, Transmit is almost the exact opposite. It’s clean, simple, solid, and fast. Sorry, I know you said free. But Transmit’s almost free… $27 is pretty reasonable for a quality app.

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    Phil Thu, 31 Aug 2006 23:12:22 GMT

    Pay someone to port FUSE.

    Just kidding. I’ve heard CyberDuck is very nice. What’s wrong with the Finder’s FTP? You might be able to write a script that would hook that into SFTP; not quite sure how that works internally.

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    Robby Russell Thu, 31 Aug 2006 23:15:37 GMT Recommend me on Working with Rails

    Finder isn’t reliable because it can’t resume a transfer process. I’ve had it crash on me several times when transfering large files.

    Cyberduck never seemed to work right for me and the interface didn’t seem to be very thought out.

    I’m using my 30 day trial of Transit for now. ;-)

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    Dave Fri, 01 Sep 2006 01:10:15 GMT

    Show some love for a fellow Portland company… buy Transmit! You know, Panic’s office is just a few blocks from yours. You could probably walk over there and get a free copy from them if you worked out some sort of deal. I’ll bet they could use some free web hosting just as much as you could use a free FTP app.

    While I’m on the subject of Panic, check out their selection of T-shirts. They’re made in the USA!

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    Rik Fri, 01 Sep 2006 09:45:42 GMT

    Surely an ‘Executive Director’ can afford to buy an FTP client? Don’t be so tight-fisted!

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    Cody Fri, 01 Sep 2006 22:12:02 GMT

    Just buy Transmit, best FTP client by far. :-)

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    Danno! Tue, 05 Sep 2006 19:49:06 GMT

    I used Transmit – but switched to Yummy FTP. Yummy is amazingly fast and slick. Nothing else comes close.

    The free version of RBrowser only does FTP – no SFTP, etc. However, the pay-for version of RBrowser is incredible. It is not as fast or slick looking as Transmit or Yummy – but it will access sites and do tricks that no other FTP/SFTP client will.

    So, I use Yummy FTP for everything – then switch to RBrowser if Yummy fails to do the job (rare).