Setting up a mac as an ftp server

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Plumbstone, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. Plumbstone macrumors regular


    Feb 6, 2007
    I am trying to set up a G5 running 10.4.11 as an ftp server to allow remote access to files. It is connected via airport to a wireless router.

    I have been trying to find some kind of guide to help with the setup but can't seem to find anything with good step by step instructions or even a good overview for that matter.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

  2. agentphish macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2004
    It's pretty easy actually.

    Just go into system prefs
    Then go into Network Settings
    Then find the FTP Access box and check it.
    You're done.

    Just use your IP address and OS X username/password to access it, or get a account and make up a dynamic DNS (most routers suppost DDNS updating in their setup)

    There's no options really as far as setting up users and what ports it runs on. I feel as though this is an unfortunate oversight on Apples part, considering many in it's core customer base use FTP often and it would be nice to have an FTP server with better features.

    There are however, some standalone FTP server programs for OS X if you desire more options. Check on VersionTracker.
  3. Plumbstone thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 6, 2007
    Thanks agentphish,

    I have several macs connected on this network, as there are a few old ones some even have the same user name and passwords setup. I have a static IP address which the router is on (87.***.***.** for instance) but my router then supplies separate IP addresses to each computer on my network. How do I connect to an individual mac on my network? I have switched on ftp in sharing but whenever I try to connect using an ftp client it tells me my login details are incorrect. I think it must have to do with forwarding a certain IP address in my router but I am not sure.

    Thanks again for your help.
  4. Fallinangel macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2005
    Check out the following video tutorial!
    It's free and explains how to set up an FTP on a mac.

    You should also take a look at the other videos. They're all from a series that teaches how to setup a fully functional web server on Mac OS X!

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