FTP from Mac OS X

Feb 7, 2011 - http://osxdaily.com/2011/02/07/ftp-from-mac/ FTP from your Mac FTP from a Mac Did you know that your Mac has a built-in FTP & FTPS client? You don’t need to download any additional software or apps to connect to FTP sites from Mac OS X, instead you can connect to remote servers directly from your desktop by using an excellent and little known feature. If you’ve never used the Mac FTP tools before, you will find them incredibly simple and quite familiar, because the connection utilities and server browsing are much like navigating through the normal Mac desktop. Let’s get started.

FTP from your Mac

If you want to test this by connecting to a real server, use ftp://ftp.mozilla.org and login as a Guest

  1. From your Mac desktop hit Command+K to pull up the “Connect to Server” window (alternatively, you can access this from the “Go” menu)
  2. Enter the address of the ftp server in the following format: ftp://ftp.domain.com
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  3. Optional: If you want to add a bookmark to ‘Favorite Servers’ for repeated connections, click on the + icon next to the “Server Address” field
  4. Click on “Connect” and wait to connect to the remote server
  5. Enter the FTP username and password, or connect as “Guest” if the server allows guest connections and click on “Connect” again
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If the connection is successful you will get a new icon on the desktop (similar to the blue on at the top of this article,) labeled as the user an location of the FTP service. In the case of our example it woulld read "DocuGuest@ftp.documation.com"

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