Best FTP/SFTP Client Apps for MacOS


These FTPs are software that establishes a connection between your server and PC to facilitate file transfer. You can easily copy, upload, delete, rename, and edit files/folders on your FTP server.

Most FTP applications for MacOS are for a fee, but there are still completely free applications with basic functions that can satisfy your needs.

1. ForkLift

ForkLift 3
ForkLift 3


Rating: 4

Connect to SFTP, FTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Backblaze B2, Google Drive, Rackspace CloudFiles, SMB, AFP, and NFS remote volumes and easily manage your files quickly across networks. You can connect to multiple servers at a time and even copy between them with drag and drop.

Sits on your menu bar and lets you mount a saved remote connection as disk, upload files to a remote server from Finder by drag and drop, or run a saved Synclet even if ForkLift is not running.

Compare local or remote source and target folders identifying matching, modified, new and deleted files. Synchronize them one or two-way with a single mouseclick, or save it as a favorite. If you are a web developer, you’ll love this feature.

2. Viper FTP – Handy FTP client for macOS

 Viper FTP - Handy FTP client for macOS
Viper FTP – Handy FTP client for macOS


Ratings: Not Enough Ratings

Viper FTP allows you to transfer files by FTP, FTPS, SFTP, Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, WebDav and YouTube. If you maintain a website, upload documents or photos, or if you upload your movies to your YouTube account and you want it done quickly and easily – try Viper FTP.

Viper FTP allows you to upload files and folders to multiple servers with one click,  transfer files in the background without blocking a server, create HTTP URL of a selected file, browse your activity (history), edit files on a Re, manage local archives, and many, many more…

3. Transmit 5

Transmit 5 - Panic
Transmit 5 – Panic


Ratings: 4.5

Transmit now connects to 11 new cloud services, like Backblaze B2, Box, Google Drive, DreamObjects, Dropbox, Microsoft Azure, and Rackspace Cloud Files. And yes, Transmit still handles the classics — FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, and S3 — better than any. We make complex services drag-and-drop simple.

Transmit 5 now includes Panic Sync, our secure and fast way to sync your sites. And our robust File Sync feature adds support for local-to-local and remote-to-remote sync, while also giving you more fine-grained control.

Developer disassembled Transmit’s engine and rebuilt it, again, to significantly boost speed. T5 is better at multithreading and smarter about complex folders. Plus it’s got a new activity view to better focus on what Transmit is doing right now. It’s very fast.

4. Commander One – file manager

Commander One - file manager
Commander One – file manager


Ratings: 3.9

With Commander One you can use two panels at once, set up your very own hotkeys for any action, and way more. Moreover it is a free software that can be a great OS X Finder alternative.

Commander One is a free dual panel file manager that helps you manage your files in the best possible way. Fast and powerful, yet so easy to use, it offers essential features for absolute control over your files and folders – it can save you thousands of hours. Commander One was created in Swift and is fully compatible with OS X 10.12.

Dual panel interface:

– Classical dual panel appearance with the possibility to set your own color theme and fonts;

– Unlimited tabs for opening as many folders as needed;

– Three view modes for convenient work with different types of files: Full, Brief, and Thumbs.

Easy navigation and display:

– Show hidden files with one click;

– Queue file operations including those already in progress;

– Drag and drop files and folders;

– Rename files and folders when moving them.

Various search methods:

– Built-in search with regular expressions support;

– Search by file contents;

– Spotlight search.

5. FTPManager – FTP, SFTP client

sFTP Client
sFTP Client


Ratings: Not Enough Ratings

sFTP Client is a full-featured FTP/SFTP/FTPIS/FTPES/SSH client with a modern and easy to use interface.  sFTP Client uses the most modern libraries and uses the latest technologies (after-all who would ever like an out-dated / old fashioned app), thats why we use the latest frameworks and latest modern designs.
Main Features:
– Sync Connections (license required)
– Workspaces / Teams (subscription license required)
– Standard FTP, FTP over TLS/SSL (FTPIS / FTPES) and SFTP.
– SSH Terminal (license required)
– Amazon S3 Storage Service (license required), Dropbox (license required), Backblaze B2 (license required), Google Cloud Storage (license required).