FTP on the Mac

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by Eski, Oct 15, 2007.

  1. Eski macrumors newbie

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    Hi folks, first post so hope you don't me asking this on the web design forum but I guess you guys will be the real experts using FTP all the time.

    I have a server setup that I (and all my web design students) have been FTP'ing into for some years. I've always done this with WSFTP on a PC, IP address, ID, Password, Port 21 and uncheck passive (as the server doesn't want this).

    However, since moving to a mac this has become a problem. It will let me connect, but won't display the files in the remote folder, and won't let me upload. Is this common, is there a quick fix?

    Cheers
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    The Finder doesn't allow for anything other than Read-Only.

    You need to use a 3rd party FTP client.

    My personal favorite is Transmit.
     
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  4. Eski thread starter macrumors newbie

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    tried them

    Tried them all, same problem.

    In fact just installed FireFTP on Firefox on a PC and it works fine. It must be something on the Mac or something on the server that doesn't like the Mac.

    Cheers
     
  5. mooncaine macrumors regular

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    Fetch. It's really handy to do CMD-B while in a Fetch window and a browser pops up, browsing whatever you had selected in that window.
     
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  7. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Mac OS X ships with the "standard" FTP client called "ftp".

    Yes you can find another if you like but you don't "need" a 3rd party client. The advantage of using "ftp" is that it is the reference and is certain to work with with all FTP servers
     
  8. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Sigh.

    And what percentage of people want to use the command line to FTP?

    I think a significant portion of Mac OS X user know nothing about command line and prefer to keep it that way. Those users need a 3rd party client.
     
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  11. Eski thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Why should it be router? PC going through same router (with passive unchecked) works fine.

    Ps. I don't kneed to know which client folks, I'm after finding what in OSX is causing the problem. Cheers.
     
  12. jstad macrumors regular

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    Transmit has integration into Textmate and other applications. It gets my primary vote with a secondary vote going toward Fetch.
     
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  14. Me1000 macrumors 68000

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    Transmit is the best FTP app I have ever used!
     
  15. ChicoWeb macrumors 65816

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    So did you try it?

    There is no reason why OSX would not let you FTP. It's either a.) you, b.) your router.
     
  16. fistful macrumors 6502a

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    blocked by firewall?

    system preferences -> sharing -> firewall -> ftp access.
     
  17. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Perhaps there are some errors going on in the background with the connection. Right after doing a connection open up Console (/Applications/Utilities/Console) and see if there are any errors relating to the program you're using. You can also see if the program you're using has any type of log file that may give some clues as to what is going on.

    If you're familiar with using ftp from the command line try doing that and see if you can at least see the files on the server. This is just a troubleshooting activity.

    Also a screenshot of this may be helpful, from whichever program. I personally use Fugu as my ftp program on Mac. Link for it is in an above post if you want to try it.
     
  18. ctekwa macrumors newbie

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    Try OneButton FTP

    I use OneButton FTP. It's easy to use, gives you a nice gui that display files on both the remote server and on your 'desktop'. I own a publishing company and recommend it to all my artist for when they transmit large files (200+ megs) to me.

    The FTP client built into OS X is functional (sometimes) but it doesn't play well with some servers

    And it's free!
     
  19. Eski thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Resolved

    :) solved.. moved to Leopard. Ftp now works fine.
     
  20. gazfocus macrumors 68000

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    I asked this very question a couple of months ago and someone suggested Transmit.

    I have been using Transmit for the past couple of months and it is fantastic.

    I too used to use WSFTP on the PC and find Transmit a breeze.
     

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