Internet Explorer as FTP Client?

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by elliotay, Jun 5, 2003.

  1. elliotay macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2001
    I've been trying to use IE as my FTP client and it hasn't been working. Everytime I try to log in it sends me to the finder instead of loading it through the webpage. Just today I tried on my parents computer and it worked flawlessly. I just clicked on the link to connect to the ftp server and IE opened up a new window and let me browse through. Is this a configuration problem? Do I have to change something in the preferences? Can I use Safari? Thanks.
  2. MrMacMan macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.
    No, APPLE (STUPIDLY) dis-abled this!

    I really hate them for it too, finder Stalls horribly trying to connect, it would be must easier if they turned this back on, but gah!

    To get FTP done right get an FTP app from version tracker or someplace.

    It is really annoying, then need to ENABLE this!
  3. awulf macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2002
    South Australia
    I have no problems downloading FTP files in IE or Camino but Safari does make you download in the finder.
  4. andyduncan macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2003
    Thats weird. I don't have this problem when downloading files. If I try to log into an ftp server like i'm going to browse it, then it takes me to the finder, but if I give it a full link to a file it downloads fine.

    If you don't like using the finder, download this preference pane called More Internet it lets you assign helper apps to different protocols. By default the finder is set to handle FTP. I switched mine to use FTPeel (a nice, purty, free FTP client) and it works fine.

    BTW if you try setting it to safari it craps itself. but IE seems to work.

    Hope this helps.
  5. mrjamin macrumors 65816


    Feb 6, 2003
    if you know what you're doing, ftp through terminal is my preferred option.
  6. andyduncan macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2003
    And since very few of the GUI clients support SFTP, the shell is often the ONLY option. However, for a lot of people command-line ftp would require too much time to become familiar with for what would be a very limited return.
  7. saabmp3 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2002
    Tacoma, WA
    Try getting something like Rbrowse lite from version tracker. I used the terminal when I know it needs to get done correctly the first time in an efficient matter, but when somebody else is doing something, I fire up another, more user friendly program.


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