An amazing program with a long, long, long mac heritage. It's way up there with Transmit by Panic and Interarchy as a file transfer program loved by long time Mac power users. Flow ($30) Never used it, but looks good from the screenshots. I really like the fact that it looks like Finder. I may have to give this one a try. OneButton FTP (Free).

Most organizations run Linux servers for their enterprise databases and applications. However the developers and admins might have Windows laptops. In those cases, you might be using PuTTY (or related tools like PuttyCM) to ssh from Windows to Linux.

You might also want to transfer files from Windows to Linux and vice versa. You can use any one of the free SFTP clients mentioned in this article.

  • Cyberduck is a file transfer client for Apple Mac and Microsoft Windows Cyberduck is a fairly popular file transfer client for Apple Mac and Microsoft Windows. It supports FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, OpenStack Swift, Backblaze B2, Microsoft Azure & OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox.
  • Bitvise (or Bitvise SSH Client) by Bitvise Limited is a freeware application that will let you connect to FTP servers using the SSH or SFTP protocols to safely transfer your data. Even though Bitvise for Mac is not yet available, there are other tools that can successfully perform its tasks.

Even if you are already using some SFTP client, check-out these tools, you might end-up liking one of these sFTP clients better than your current one.

Did we miss any of your favorite SFTP or SCP client?

1. WinSCP

If you need to run multiple sessions in one console, this is a great option for your. There is no built-in Graphical User Interface (GUI) client for scp on Mac OS X. There for this tutorial describes how to configure your Mac for GUI based scp.


WinSCP Supports SFTP, SCP and FTP. This is the best and efficient SFTP and SCP graphical tool for Windows. Following are few features of WinSCP.

  • Its integrated well with Windows using the drag and drop feature. From Windows Explorer, you can right mouse click on a file, select “Send To”, and transfer the file to remote Linux server.
  • Apart from GUI, WinSCP also provides a command line interface to transfer files.
  • If you frequently connect to multiple servers, you can store those session information (ip-address, username) in WinSCP. Storing the password is not recommended.
  • You can automate the file transfer by writing scripts in WinSCP.
  • WinSCP can monitor a local directory for changes and automatically sync with the remote directory.
  • WinSCP is open source.

2. PSCP and PSFTP (from PuTTY)

PuTTY is used to SSH from Windows to Linux. Apart from the SSH client, PuTTY also has both SCP and SFTP client. It is called PSCP and PSFTP. Just like PuTTY, these are very light weight, easy to use, reliable, and open source.

Please note that PSCP and PSFTP are just command-line tools without any GUI.

Note: If you are using PuTTY, don’t forget to check-out these PuTTY tips, and 12 powerful PuTTY Add-ons.

3. Filezilla

FileZilla is a GUI tool that supports FTP, FTPS and SFTP. Following are some of the features.

  • It is cross platform and works on Windows, Linux and Mac OS.
  • Filezilla is open source.
  • Supports IPv6.
  • You can drag and drop files.
  • Edit remote files directly from Filezilla.
  • Compare local and remote directory contents.

4. FireFTP

FireFTP is a FTP addon for Firefox, which can also do SFTP.

To use SFTP in FireFTP, from Firefox browser, click on Tools -> FireFTP -> From the drop-down list, select either “Quick Connect” or “Create an Account” -> In the “Main” tab, enter the ip-address, uid, and pwd for the Linux server -> Click on “Connection” Tab -> Click on “Security” drop-down list and select “SFTP” from here, as shown below.

ScpScp gui for mac os high sierra

5. CoreFTP LE

CoreFTP is a commercial product that has both Pro and Free version. The free version pretty much has every feature that you would need for your typical SFTP file transfer needs.

  • Drag and drop support.
  • You can stop and resume the file transfer.
  • File transfer bandwidth can be controlled
  • command line mode is available

6. Swish – SFTP from Windows Explorer

This is very different from all other SFTP clients. This integrates directly to your Windows Explorer. You can just browse remote files from your Windows Explorer directly, and drag and drop files to transfer it.

Please note that this is still in “alpha” stage.

Once you’ve installed it, do the following to create a remote SFTP connection from the Windows Explorer:

  • On Windows XP -> My Computer -> Click on Swish Icon -> Tools menu bar -> Add SFTP Connection.
  • On Windows 7 -> Click on “Computer” in your Windows Explorer -> Click on Swish Icon -> Click on “Add SFTP Connection”.

7. BitKinex

BitKinex is a freeware SFTP Clienit. Following are some of the features.

  • Uses multipart and multithreaded file transfer for speed.
  • Support FTP, FTPS, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS and WebDAV protocols.
  • Supports server-to-server file transfer.
  • Command line interface to transfer files

What is your favorite SFTP or SCP clients for Windows? Please leave a comment and let us know.

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This is applicable for MacOS ONLY

The Mac Terminal application comes with utilities that simplify the ssh process with a graphical interface. If you are comfortable with the command line and do not mind typing ssh / sftp commands you do not need to follow the following steps.

Simply accessing the VM

  1. Open the Terminal app
  2. Go to ShellNew Remote Connection
  3. Click on the + icon under the right-hand column (Server).
  4. Type the address of your instance like [email protected] into the pop up window as shown in the image below
  5. Click OK.

  6. You should see a new entry in the Server column.

  7. You can now click on the Connect button to connect to your VM

  8. You can use the same entries for other services such as Secure File Transfer (sftp).

Tunneling to Remote Server

Qemu Gui Mac Os

The former application does not make a particularly compelling case for setting up the GUI shortcut. However, it is very handy for setting up the necessary SSH tunnels to your VM (already) running a Jupyter server. See this page for instructions.

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