How to share a local folder with anyone over internet?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by clank72, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. clank72 macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2009
    I'm looking for a way to share a local public folder with some people that are working for me in another country.

    Basically a public folder where I can control permissions. They can upload to the folder and download to work with files.

    Dropbox is good but would be too expensive for our storage needs.

    What is your take on it?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    How much storage do you need? Dropbox is ideally suited for what you describe.
  3. clank72 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2009
    I really don't want to be dependent on a 3rd party service. This will be for business.

    I guess it wont work. Thanks.
  4. Crazy Badger macrumors 65816

    Crazy Badger

    Apr 1, 2008
    I use Dropbox to share work files with several colleagues. So simple and as the data is also stored locally you're not really tied to Dropbox if you don't like it.

    Only potential problem is network monitoring software which some companies use to stop access to various Internet sites and I've worked with some client who block Dropbox.
  5. Mac-Michael macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2010
    That's what FTP servers are for.

    Enabling Remote Login in System Preferences -> Sharing sets up an SFTP Server. That's the SSH File Transfer Protocol and it usually runs over TCP port 22 in case you need to set up port forwarding.
    To access it:
    sftp <hostname>

    Plain FTP (Leopard and Snow Leopard)
    (Lion -> sudo -s launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist)

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