That said, the o ne that shows up in nearly every file transfer app for the Mac is FTP (or, sFTP if you prefer security). Here’s a free Mac app that moves files from here to there or there back to here.
Free FTP App
When it comes to file transfer utilities most of us have a favorite. Or, two. Or, three. Or, more. For whatever reason moving files here to there or back and forth requires more than a single app.
FileZilla is a File Transfer Protocol app that connects to remote servers using FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS, or SSH FTP (SFTP).
At first glance, FileZilla will appear complicated and complex. Admittedly, it’s not the prettiest of file transfer apps. The Toolbar is too small and icons are nondescript.
FileZilla doesn’t just use the familiar dual window pane for source and target files, it stacks windows to display both local and remote files and folder hierarchy.
Status windows require scroll bars to view a history of what took place during the connection, and actions are revealed in unintuitive right-click pop ups.
Here’s a quick look.
The built-in Site Manager lets you collect bookmarks of remote sites to logging in is fast. Setup is straightforward, but with a decidedly 1999 interface.
While not exactly on a list for award winning design, functionality is basic and utilitarian. FileZilla not only runs on the Mac, there’s also a Windows and Linux PC version.
It supports transfer (and resume) of files up to 4GB. It also supports IPv6. As with good Mac transfer apps, FileZilla also does drag and drop, and comes with options to configure transfer speed limits.
Files transfers can be queued, directories can be compared, and local and remote folders can be synchronized.
What you’ll like about FileZilla is the price. Unlike the free version of CyberDuck, FileZilla doesn’t connect to Amazon S3. It’s not nearly as easy to use or easy on the eyes as the popular Transmit. It just works and it’s priced right.