FTP is a very useful protocol for transferring files over the Internet. If necessary, you can connect to the server on Mac using built-in solutions or third-party programs (FileZilla, CyberDuck). These clients offer a wide range of settings to give you complete control over your FTP experience.
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But what if the third-party programs are not installed, there is no way to do it or understand them. In this case, the usual file manager Finder can act as an FTP client. This application will be able to connect to the remote server, and its folders will be shown similar to the local ones.
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How to Connect to FTP Server on Mac Using Finder
It’s easy to access a remote FTP server using the macOS native Finder app. To do this, do the following:
1. Run Finder…
2. In the program menu bar, select Go -> Connect to Server…
3. A new window will open in which you will need to enter the server name or its IP address. It will be possible to press the button “+»To add this resource to your favorites list and provide quick access to it later. Please note that both FTP and FTPS can be selected for the protocol. It all depends on the security level of the server. It is important not to confuse FTPS with SFTP. These are two different connection methods. The first relates to a secure connection using FTP, while the second is based on the SSH protocol with FTP features added to it.
4. At this step, in the line with the address, you can specify the username with his password, but if you don’t do this, you will just need to enter the data later.
5. Press the “Connect“.
6. Press the button again. “Connect”…
7. In the window that appears, enter the username and password, if they have not been set earlier. If necessary, you can select the option of connecting to the server as a guest.
8. It is worth checking the box next to the option “Remember this password in your keychain»To save the authorization data for future connections.
9. Press the “Connect“.
10. A folder window will appear in the same style as when working with local Mac folders.
Note! For all the convenience of using Finder as an FTP client, it is worth noting the ability to access the server only in the “only for reading”… In other words, files can be downloaded from a server to a computer, but not vice versa.
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How to Connect to FTP Server on Mac Using Cyberduck
If you still need to host something on the server, then you will have to use third-party products, for example, Cyberduck.
Cyberduck is completely free, but you can donate on the developer’s site if you want.
To connect to an FTP server using CyberDuck, follow these steps:
1. Launch CyberDuck for Mac.
2. Click on the “New connection“.
3. In the first line of the new window, leave the value “FTP (Standard connection)“If you require standard access to the server.
4. Below you will need to enter the server address, username, password. Here, too, it is possible to log in anonymously and store authorization data in a keychain.
5. Click on the “Connect“.
As you can see, the program interface is very simple and intuitive.
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