FTP Help!

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by imspace2, Feb 24, 2002.

  1. macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2001
    Aurora, CO
    Hey does anyone know a good FTP browser for OSX or can you get on ftp with network browser?:confused:
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2001
    the benefit of UNIX is that you already can ftp from inside the terminal.

    just type ftp servername and it should go for you. I am not the best with UNIX though, so I would recommend asking someone who knows.

  3. macrumors 65816


    Jan 31, 2002
    Web Browser.

    If you are just browsing to download items from an ftp server, you can just use your web browser. I just use IE for most stuff. If I need to upload something, I use the command line.

    I used to use transmit. It seemed pretty nice.

  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2001
    Aurora, CO
    Could someone please elaborate on that command-line ftp?
  5. macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2002
    Buffy's bedroom
    You have to use the terminal (Apps>Utilities>Terminal). The best thing to do is type "man ftp". That will give you the manual for the ftp app.

    Basically, just type "ftp www.servername.com" and then you will be asked for your log/pass.

    If you've never used unix before, navigation can be tricky...
    "ls" lists all the files and folders in the current folder,
    "cd dirname" will move you to the folder called "dirname",
    "cd .." will take you back a directory,
    "get filename" will download the file called filename, and
    "put filenamepath" will upload the file at whatever path you put into the current directory.

    Like I said, it's hard if you've never used Unix before.

    My suggestion is "NetFinder". It's Mac-like, so it's easy to use.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2001
    WestCost, USA

    Ok... if you want to ftp to a machine this is what you would do at command line:

    first cd to the dirctory that you want to be in on your local Mac

    #cd /evildeads/files

    then do the ftp command

    # ftp evildeadsmac.com
    # ftp (the IP adress)

    the you can cd to the directory on the host machine that you want to be in and do a

    ftp> get fileName
    or a
    ftp>put fileName

    to get the file from the directory of the host machine that you are currently logged into or put a file to that host directory from the local directroy that you origionaly ftped from.

    to quit out of ftp you do a

    ftp> bye

    to set the mode to binary transfer to a

    ftp> bin

    you may want to use the command ls to veiw the files in the current directory


    you may also want to read the man pages about ftp for more info. do a:

    #man ftp

    then just hit the space bar to scrole down the page.

    you can use man to read about the other commands i talked about like cd and ls to find out more about them too.
  7. macrumors 601


    Oct 4, 2001
    Natick, MA
  8. macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2002
    "captain ftp" from versiontracker.com works pretty well, and its free. OS X compatible, giddeyyup :)
  9. macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2002
    FTP from the Finder

    i read (from the os x missing manual book) that you can actually access ftp sites to upload/download straight from the finder using the "connect to server" command. I've tried it forever but could not get it to work, resulting in only error messages. can anyone please enlighten on this? Whoever can figure this out is the smartest person alive.

    -and those who do have the book, it states it on pg. 505
  10. thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2001
    Aurora, CO
  11. macrumors 65816

    Jan 22, 2002
  12. macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2002
    thats a shame. there's always the terminal haha
  13. macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2001

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