best FTP client?


just wanted to get people's opinions on which Mac OS X ftp client program was the best. I used to use WS FTP or Cute FTP on the PC a lot and and looking for a good comparable FTP client for my Mac OSX

I use ws_ftp for win and I have not been able to find crap for OSX. There is a serious lack of decent ftp clients right now!
interarchy 4.1. It even works with FTP servers on netware, which are abit quirky with mac clients in general. Try it out.
There are loads of ftp clients listed on

I use Fetch and Interarchy, but there are several others for OS X.
Geez, people, there are TONS of good
FTP clients for OSX. In addition to the aforementioned Interarchy and Fetch, there's also Panic's Transmit, and RBrowser is nice too.

Working from the terminal, NcFTP 3.03 is
my favorite for interactive use, and curl
and wget are awesome for non-interactive
use. Curl in particular is
immensely flexible.

No good OSX FTP clients? wrong answer!
Ooh, I forgot about RBrowser. That one's pretty decent because it uses an interface similar to that of the Finder, and allows local filesystem browsing, as well. Wasn't it ported from Next, or something like that?
I think you guys are missing the point. HyperLite and are used to using ws_ftp which is unbeleiveably simple and easy to use. There is nothing that matches that for OSX. I just downloaded interarchy, which sucks as much as everyother ftp client for OSX. Fetch is ok, but still, there is too much going on and its not freeware. I just want a simple program like wsftp.

Originally posted by davidbrit2
Ooh, I forgot about RBrowser... Wasn't it ported from Next, or something like that?

Yeah, I have a number of versions on a number of systems (Mac OS X, OPENSTEP) It actually works best for most of my internal networking (because it doesn't feel like an FTP client), but for dealing with the internet I still use Fetch (an old Dartmoth version).
Dude, either you write your own ftp client or wave a big wad of cash under a programmer's nose so he does it.

Of course that goes without saying, it's implied in the "waa" comment, but I guess that went over your head.

[visuals of kindergarden cop]
Originally posted by strobe
Dude, either you write your own ftp client or wave a big wad of cash under a programmer's nose so he does it.

Of course that goes without saying, it's implied in the "waa" comment, but I guess that went over your head.

[visuals of kindergarden cop]

Strobe, maybe you sould try writing your responses in complete thoughts. How am I supposed to know what you are saying when your entire comment is "waa?" Come on, grow up. People like you need to learn to engage in debate without taking things so personally.

As far as me writing my own, I would if I had the time write now. I am slowly getting through the O'reilly cocoa book, but I am working too much this summer. What have you been doing to help the osx community?

When apple decided to use Open source software, they invited the open source type of mentality into the Apple community. Right now, the biggest open source community is linux and they have hundreds of GUI ftp clients like the ones I am talking about. Now, although OSX is proprietary (you do know what that word means, right?) I would still like to see more open source software being developed, rather than a bunch of crappy programmers telling me I have to pay $30 for a P.O.S. ftp client.


This was posted by Andrew Tomazos on the Interarchy list. Sounds like it'll be the winning solution once it's out:
The major new feature in the upcoming Interarchy 5.0 will be called
FTP Disk. It will allow you to mount a remote FTP folder directly
into the Mac OS Finder and use it just like any other folder on your
local hard drive.

FTP Disks will have an advanced caching system which means that you
will be able to access FTP instantly, even on a slow Internet
connection, or even when you are offline (such as a laptop user going
on a plane). Interarchy will automatically queue changes that are
made on both the server and the client - and make them in the
background when the network is available, so that you can keep
working and don't have to wait for files to be uploaded or

This feature takes FTP to a new level on the Mac, making frequently
accessed servers that you use a transparent part of your workflow.
Previously you have only been able to use tools that have built in
support for FTP (such as BBEdit) on a remote server. FTP Disk will
soon enable you to use the Finder and *any* application quickly and
easily on remote files over FTP.

It has a similar interface to iDisk, where you create an FTP Disk and
then mount it when you need it and then unmount it when you are done.
FTP Disks look and act like any other local folder. The traditional
form of Mac FTP clients will be made pretty much obsolete for
accessing frequently used FTP servers by this feature. FTP Disk is
much easier to use than traditional FTP interfaces and will work on
any FTP server with no modification.

FTP Disk will not cover everything you want to do with FTP. It will
only be useful for accessing frequently used servers. Their is no
point in creating an FTP Disk to access a server once. Interarchy's
traditional manual listing interface is still the best and can be
used separately or in tandem with FTP Disk, allowing you to mix and
match depending on what you want to do.

In between the manual interface and FTP Disks we have included three
new features called Mirror Upload, Mirror Download and Mirror Both
Ways. Mirror Upload isn't actually new, but it is using the new
engine so has many more features and is much more intelligent than
previous versions. These mirroring features take a local folder and
a remote FTP folder and transfer only things that have changed,
keeping them in sync. Mirror Upload keeps a remote folder in sync
with a local one. Mirror Download keeps a local folder in sync with
a remote one. Mirror Both Ways transfers changes on both ends based
on when they were made.

The mirroring features can be a more effective way of doing FTP than
FTP Disk or the manual interface in certain workflows. We will
include all three ways in version 5.0.

As I mentioned last time 5.0 will have SSH. FTP Disks, mirroring and
the manual interface will all be able to be used over a secure SSH
connection. 5.0 will also be a FATCarbon build, which means there
will be one version that will run natively on all versions of Mac OS
(including X).

There are many minor improvements in 5.0 we will go through closer to
the release, I have only skimmed over the major ones (FTP Disk,
Mirroring and SSH) here.

I have received the final alpha version of 5.0 on my desk. We will
commence beta testing next week. I will be mailing out invitations
for beta testing shortly to a selection of our users so keep an eye
out for it. People that purchase version 4 after this date will
receive a free upgrade to version 5 when it is released. Final
pricing has not been decided, but the price is likely to go up once
5.0 is released so this may be a good time to purchase if you have
not already done so. Depending on how quickly we get through beta
testing the new engine, the final version of Interarchy 5.0 should be
released in between 4 to 12 weeks.

If you have any questions about FTP Disk or any of the new features
don't hesitate to ask.


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endian, I literally begged him to do just that a long time ago! Gee, I wonder if he throught of the idea before I mentioned it...

I also suggested making a custom OS X Finder preview for partial downloads. This preview would have a 'resume' button so you could resume an FTP or HTTP download from the Finder. Clearly it's possible to do this since the QuickTime preview has controls, just with Apple would make the API public.

Can pascal software rock or what |-)