How to Connect to an FTP Server through Macfusion

Herbert Lui

Dealing with FTP can sometimes be a bit painful. Whether it is to back up data (Windows users might want to try GoodSync for backing up data) or access the files in a website, it’s often unavoidable. Fortunately, Mac users now have an easy method of accessing FTP servers from right within Finder. (Windows users should also be able to access it through Explorer.)

1. Download and Run MacFUSE

First and foremost, you’re going to need to download MacFUSE. This will add a MacFUSE item to your Preferences Pane, and allow you to read/write NTFS files and folders from OS X. It’s very valuable for Boot Camp users. (If you don’t want to reboot to access Windows, try using Virtualbox.)

MacFUSE in System Preferences

2. Download, Install, and set up Macfusion

In order to use the MacFUSE FTP capabilities, you’re going to need to download and install Macfusion.

MacFusion

Click the + icon on the bottom right of the screen. Select the FTPFS option.

MacFUSE FTPFS

Enter your information into the respective fields. You can leave the Path field blank.

Enter Info into MacFUSE

This dialog box will pop up. Click Allow to continue.

Allow Confidential Information

Here’s the interesting part: in order to access your drive, you have to Mount it through Macfusion. Basically it’s treated like a Network drive, and will be accessible through Finder now.

Mount your Drive

Try it out! Right-click it and select Reveal.

Reveal your Drive in Macfusion

The Finder window will pop up. Simply double-click explore the drive like you would ordinarily use Finder. It’s definitely a different way of navigating through your FTP server: I find it more natural to navigate through this than Filezilla, which by comparison seems a bit less sophisticated.

Explore your FTP Drive in Macfusion

MacFUSE can now be used not only to access NTFS files, but also to access FTP servers right from Finder. If you’re tired of the Filezilla interface or want a more constant access to your FTP files, check out MacFUSE and Macfusion. Enjoy! 🙂

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