The Mac moves me but I move files from the Mac to wherever; either servers I manage, or between Macs, or elsewhere online. That requires the proper transfer tools and Mac users have a few choices.
What you want is an app that handles the basic file transfer protocols, syncs folders online and local, views hidden files on remote servers and on the Mac, comes with the standard dual page Target and Source drag and drop option, and presets file transfers and syncs.
Where can you get all that?
Actually, those are common. If money is an issue there are ever free Mac utilities which do file transfer. For me, a longtime favorite is ForkLift. It does almost everything but it’s also drag and drop simple.
Connect to SFTP, FTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Backblaze B2, Google Drive, Rackspace CloudFiles, SMB, AFP, and NFS remote volumes and easily manage your files quickly across networks. You can connect to multiple servers at a time and even copy between them with drag and drop.
Files can be previewed locally and on remote servers. There’s a built-in multi-file rename utility. The dual pane option– vertical or horizontal– makes using drag and drop between Target and Source a simple process.
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ForkLift is a good option to compress and archive files online; standard sFTP to a remote server, or to services like Amazon S3, Google One online storage, and others, including remote NFS volumes.
Built into ForkLife is an option to delete applications on your Mac to ensure that all unnecessary files no longer clutter up the place. Some remote files can be edited via ForkLift, and the Disklet option puts remote sources on your Mac’s Desktop so you can copy back and forth with ease.
If you’re a real Mac geek there are some command line tools which can be applied using shortcuts. There’s even an option for workspaces and Git support. Oh, and it’s compatible with Apple’s new APFS and APFS cloning.
Like Dark Mode?
ForkLife isn’t free but you can try it out for free. It’s an impressive way to manage files between a Mac and remote storage services.
Caveats? If you want to switch from another file transfer app there isn’t a way to import settings.