Recommendation: Fetch

October 5, 2008
Fetch client

Fetch client

Having tried other FTP/SFTP clients, I’ve found that Fetch works the fastest for me and does not crash my computer.

(…always a plus when you’re working with an iBook G4 that’s cracked right where the power adapter plugs in and, therefore, needs a little coddling to stay charged!)

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4 Responses to “ Recommendation: Fetch ”

  1. digitalcraftsman on October 6, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    While Fetch may be the old dog of FTP clients there are two sticking points that make me wish it would wither and die.

    One, FTP is a very old protocol, not inherently complicated, and is included for free with Mac OS X. You have fully fledged FTP functionality in Mac OS X’s Try typing ‘man ftp’ for more usage information.

    Second, Fetch is commercial software. I would wager that more than 80% of Fetch users never bother to purchase their software and instead limp along with this nagware much like a three legged dog. FTP clients should not cost money, but for some reason Apple decided to cripple the Finders built in functionality to only allow downloading. That’s right, you can not upload via FTP in the Finder. This functionality has been notably missing since OS X 10.1!

    For all those who like free as in beer software that is actively developed and fully functional, try Dan Kocher’s excellent It also serves as an SCP/SFTP and Amazon S3 filesystem browser.

  2. common_vision on October 6, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    apple’s terminal app was too confusing for me to go through. i had millions of web browsers up trying to tell me what to do to find it on my computer/sign on, etc. it was also killing my battery (see: posting above).

    i used the free trial of fetch. i liked it so much that i paid.

    who knows, maybe it was a waste of money. it was worth it for all the headaches that it solved thus far. (see: computer crashing 6 times with other clients).

  3. digitalcraftsman on October 7, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    OS X should not crash if an individual application hangs. If your entire operating system is crashing then you have larger problems than a buggy FTP application.

    Sounds like it may be time to backup and reinstall.

  4. revisingproust on October 7, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    sounds like it’s time for my dad to buy me a birthday present!

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