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I able to connect to a FTP folder I setup in Windows Server 2008 through Dreamweaver and a client called Fetch and I can read & write. But, when I connect through Finder I can only read. I also set up an SMB connection and I can read & write through that connection in Finder. It isn't a big deal, since I can do it in other programs or through SMB, I just wanted to know why I can't write in Finder.

asked Jul 24 '10 at 16:47

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closed Jul 29 '10 at 08:34

The question has been closed for the following reason "The question is answered, right answer was accepted" by boba0420 Jul 29 '10 at 08:34

Finder has crumby old FTP support, it has always been this way. I believe part of the issue is competitive, so that the Finder isn't the best solution, Apple hopes you will go off and find a 3rd party app for the task. Mac OS X does have 100% support of FTP through it's frameworks as well as having both a built-in FTP Server and the ftp command line program most nix* users come to love. There is no specific reason why the Finder would have little support besides what I said above and that Apple may be trying to sway users into using a different alternative like AFP or webdav.

I personally prefer Flow as my FTP client, it's a beautiful well constructed application with many features, however it's commercial. For a free FTP client, CyberDuck wins hands down.



answered Jul 24 '10 at 17:07

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edited Jul 24 '10 at 17:22

Thanks!....CyberDuck works great.

(Jul 24 '10 at 17:14) boba0420 boba0420's gravatar image

I've never tried using Finder for FTP, so I wouldn't know. However a really good FTP client I would recommend, if you want to try it, is Filezilla. I use it on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS

answered Jul 24 '10 at 17:07

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I have tried filezilla but for some reason it can't list the directory.

(Jul 24 '10 at 17:10) boba0420 boba0420's gravatar image

i use an application free one called..CyberDuck....................... 50 characters??????

answered Jul 24 '10 at 17:12

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Finder, connect to server I believe! You can connect to FTP, VNC and many other protocols.

answered Jul 24 '10 at 17:21

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As I said in my description above I didn't have write permissions when I did it this way.

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