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I'm looking for an FTP client with the following requirements.

  • File/Folder sync
  • Sftp/SSH tunnelling
  • Outstanding AppleScript support
  • Runs on Lion

The GUI interface is not overly important as it won't be the main interface used, however (and this is subjective) a better interface would be a bonus.

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Why not just run shell script commands to FTP and SFTP from within the AppleScript? – Noah Jan 18 '12 at 21:09
That would not be my preferred solution, since it would take me too long to write and maintain, but it is feasible, just not pretty and I'd have to write a lot more script to manage retries etc – Stu Wilson Jan 18 '12 at 22:32
-1 Question does not show any research effort, if it's answered by a link to Transmit. – Daniel Beck Jan 24 '12 at 8:08
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Have you tried Transmit? I think it'll do most of what you need.

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I have, 5 years ago, and I do like Panic's software in general, however my needs have changed over time and I'm looking for opinions/answers on respective levels of functionality. e.g. What makes the AS support outstanding or are they all the same – Stu Wilson Jan 17 '12 at 23:06
Unfortunately I don't know what your AS needs are. You might try downloading the latest version of Transmit and open up the AS dictionary in AS Editor. – afragen Jan 17 '12 at 23:11
With more effort you can always use rsync, ssh, scp – afragen Jan 17 '12 at 23:14
In addition to what afragen said, you can download sample Apple Scripts for Transmit from here: – pdd Jan 18 '12 at 2:29
@afragen sorry I really don't want to get into shell scripting if I can, it's time I lack. I can write the AS very quickly and let the program do the grunt work of the configuration and transfer handling. – Stu Wilson Jan 18 '12 at 22:36

At a previous place of employment, we set up Fetch to do consistent uploads via FTP Droplets, and Automated Uploads with it via Applescript. It supports SFTP as well, though I don't remember it being able to actually create SSH tunnels itself.

Free for 15 days, $29 license.

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thanks for the info, very nice automation – Stu Wilson Jan 20 '12 at 22:05

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