I wanted to connect to an FTP Server using Finder's Go > Connect to Server option.
So I try to do so like this:

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But, when I try to do so, it opens in VLC and then VLC crashes.

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Anyone facing a similar problem? What can I do to open it in Finder itself? Do I need to change some defaults? If so, where?

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    Nope, not a dupe. I don't want an alternate, I want to fix this.
    – Ranveer
    Nov 17, 2015 at 19:02
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    I'm sorry, but sftp is definetly not supported in the Finder. If you want to use it, you'll definitely need third-party-solutions as described in the linked answer.
    – Asmus
    Nov 17, 2015 at 19:04
  • Oh is that so? Let me try ftp-ing then. I'll let you know if that works
    – Ranveer
    Nov 17, 2015 at 19:16
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    2018 year - and I've faced this issue. Ridiculous! Jul 31, 2018 at 9:20
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    I know this question is old, but for anyone still looking for an answer to this question, simply use ftps:// instead of sftp://.
    – bernk
    Jan 20, 2020 at 19:21

1 Answer 1


I haven't used the "Connect to Server" menu command in years. I go into Terminal and type either a command or open and a URL that does what I want. In your case, since sftp is a command, try sftp bang.bong.boom.ac.in

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    This is pretty cool! Doesn't solve the problem, but yes! Terminal based solutions are great. Being a Mac OS newbie, I guess I still have a lot to learn. Either way, there are situations when I'd like to have stuff in Finder. I'll wait for someone to suggest a fix before closing this question :)
    – Ranveer
    Nov 17, 2015 at 18:24

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