Did you know that file transfer protocols have increased since the advent of Amazon’s S3 simple storage system and other storage systems? So, what’s the best Mac app to use to move files from here to there or from there to here? And free? It depends upon where you buy it.
Most of us on the Mac360 staff are long time users of Panic’s popular and feature laden Transmit. It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s not free. If price is an object and you still have plenty of files to move, then we recommend Cyberduck for the Mac.
Cyberduck has multiple price tags. First, it’s donationware, so the upfront cost is about as low as it can get, but that depends on where you buy Cyberduck. Second, as file transfer apps go, Cyberduck is pretty good. It handles FTP, SFTP (SSH secure file transfer), WebDAV, Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, and even Rackspace Cloud files. There’s also support for FTP over secures SSL/TLS connections. Ease of use isn’t Cyberduck’s strong point but it’s no more intimidating than most FTP apps.
While Cyberduck has plenty of features it’s visually complicated and not exactly intuitive. There’s nothing like having a dual pane window which displays source files and target files, an interface found in more popular commercial file transfer apps.
That said, Cyberduck makes for a mostly geek-like user experience, short on usability, long on the features that count. For example, not only does Cyberduck handle FTP, SFTP, S3, and WebDAV connections, it gives you options for configuring access control lists (ACLs), metadata editing, versioning and MFA, as well as typical Mac functions including Quick Look and Growl.
Cyberduck lets you bookmark remote server addresses for easier connections.
Over SSH, Cyberduck can archive and expand TAR and ZIP files.
What’s not to like? The price? If you get Cyberduck from the Cyberduck site, it’s donationware (free, but with a mildly guilty conscience). If you get Cyberduck from the Mac App Store, there’s a price tag.