Need to transfer files securely from your Mac?  All you really need is Safari and the web transfer interface on a Serv-U Server.  That lets anyone sign on with a web browser to upload and download files. In addition, Serv-U supports non-Safari browsers, built-in file transfer utilities, and third-party FTP clients on Mac OS X.  Read on to learn more!



How to Transfer Files with a Web Browser

Your favorite Mac OS X web browser can be used to transfer files as well as to work with and edit files and folders.


Web browsers can even be used to run the Serv-U web-based management console without needing to install additional plug-ins by simply enabling JavaScript and cookies. The following major browsers are supported with the basic web client and web administration are:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0+
  • Mozilla Firefox 2.0+
  • Opera 9+
  • Apple Safari 3+
  • Google Chrome 1+

How to Transfer Files with Native Mac OS X Applications

Using Mac OS X's FTP/S Finder Support

  1. Go to Finder on the Mac desktop, and click on "Go"
  2. At the bottom of the menu that opens up underneath "Go," click on "Connect to Server," or hit command + K on the keyboard
  3. In the text box that appears, type in either "ftp://" (for FTP) or "ftps://" (for FTPS), and then the IP address or hostname of Serv-U FTP_Mac_Finder.png
  4. Click "Connect"
  5. You will then be connected to the server in your finder window
  6. Click on any folders that appear in the text box, and download whichever files you would like by dragging them to your desktop, where you'll be able to open and edit these files

Using Mac OS X'x SFTP Command-Line Client

  1. Open a terminal window
  2. type "sftp username@host_server" where "username" is your username on Serv-U and "host_server" is the IP or hostname of Serv-U
  3. If prompted to accept the remote server's key, select "yes" ("OK" or accept the key)
  4. Enter your password when prompted


Ready to Try It?


Download the Serv-U FTP Server free for 30 days with our free trial, or head over to our Serv-U online demonstrations server to try Serv-U's web, FTP, FTPS or SFTP interfaces without installing Serv-U.