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The pre-installed sftp binary on macOS sucks. When I use my ubuntu machine, sftp has glorious things like a history and tab completion. I've looked around, and cannot tell a clear cut path to upgrading the binary. Has anyone done this? How?

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Install homebrew a macOS package manager. https://brew.sh/

HomeBrew is most often mentioned these days. sftp appears to be one of the programs you can download.

other package managers are: MacPort -- BSD licenses Fink -- GNU General Public License

I'd figure out what sftp client Ubuntu uses and look around for the macOS version.

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  • Can you specify the exact name of the formula for installing sftp using Homebrew? – Nimesh Neema May 13 at 3:54
  • Agreed with Nimesh. I don't see it on homebrew, I checked before asking the question. – justin May 13 at 12:11
  • Try brew install openssh and edit your $PATH as necessary. – da4 May 13 at 13:01
  • @justin openssh.com --> man.openbsd.org/sftp.1 Thanks for the assist da4 – historystamp May 13 at 18:56

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