Since Cyberduck uses Java, it's out for me.

Any replacement for Mavericks that is good, has similar to WinSCP functionality and has an option to try before I buy?

  • Just because it uses Java? What's wrong with Java? Also, if you Google "mac ftp", you should find quite a few.
    – woz
    Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 11:04
  • I don't want FTP. I want SCP. The last CyberDuck I tried to use wanted a too old version of Java (that Apple doesn't even ship any more), and I don't have enough confidence that Oracle knows how to keep Java up to date on a Mac (they hardly can on Windows). Embedded Java is out of the box: too much of a security risk. Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 19:47
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    I'm guessing scp in the terminal is out too?
    – dwightk
    Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 20:01
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    I figured after seeing you tell people you don't want ftp 3 times it was a good adjustment :D
    – dwightk
    Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 20:09
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    Yes: URLs with the type “ssh:” are not supported.. Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 20:19

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I’ve heard only good things about Transmit.

  • I recommend Transmit too.
    – Kevin
    Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 14:54
  • The site says only ftp and sftp. Does it do SCP too? Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 19:40
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    @JeroenWiertPluimers it can connect to FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, and WebDAV servers.
    – dwightk
    Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 19:58
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    Since it does not do SCP, it is out too (see the SCP tag in my question: it is mandatory for me). Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 20:00
  • it does not do SCP.. Interarchy as Edouard mention is the best tools for SCP under OS X, I think.
    – Hugues BR
    Commented May 28, 2015 at 10:42

Interarchy is a FTP client which provides many other protocol, including SCP and SFTP.

  • I'm going to try that one out. Thanks for the suggestion. Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 14:26
  • oh yeah, I used them way back when OSX first came out but switched to Transmit for some reason. Good to know they do SCP
    – dwightk
    Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 15:09

I switched to Filezilla which works splendid on both Mac and Windows. https://filezilla-project.org

That was after I found out that the Mac OS X Filezilla client does SFTP on the same servers that also perform SCP.

(note to self: SFTP is not a different form of FTP, it is more like a better SCP)

After having used Filezilla for more than a year now, I would not ever switch back to Cyberduck.


Cyberduck does not support SCP (any more). See the closed ticket: ticket 8895. Try DCommander for SCP on Mac.


It looks like Fugu does scp and even won an Apple Design Award for best use of open source (in 2003).


Downside: it is a PPC app, so doesn't work unless you are still on Snow Leopard.


I can confirm cyberduck works fine in Yosemite, too.

Using Java downloaded from Oracle site.

Cyberduck DOES use SCP, i regularly use it.

Some problems seem arise on simple PFTP site (port 21) for timeouts.

  • thanks for the update, but since it uses Java, it still is out for me. Commented Jul 23, 2014 at 7:38
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    I'm using cyberduck 4.7.1 and don't see an option for SCP (I'm also hunting for a Mac SCP client and so far Interarchy appears to be the only advertising it).
    – Duncan
    Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 15:32

Cyberduck 4.4 or later requires no Java installation.

  • I get mixed results when trying to find out what the embedded run-time is based on. If it is Java, it is out too: minimizing attack vectors here. Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 19:49
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    – Matt
    Commented Apr 3, 2014 at 20:34
  • @mtm thanks a lot. So the Java version they use is 1.7.0-u40-b30.jre from at least 9 months old. Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 14:27
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    There is no "attack vector" in an embedded runtime. Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 15:04

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