FTP Server provides a simple way to share / exchange files between your computers and other devices.

* Ports below 1024 are supported now (including port 21).

FTP(File Transfer Protocol) is a standard network protocol used to transfer computer files from one host to another host over a TCP-based network, such as the Internet.

FTP Server lets you run the FTP service on your own computer and you can access the files on the host computer with any standard FTP client such as FileZilla or WinSCP. OS X provides read-only FTP access in Finder, you can press Command-K in a Finder window and enter the FTP URL (something like, and connect to FTP Server.

FTP Server comes with its own authentication, you don't need to expose your computer accounts to other people nor do you need to create a system user for the authentication purpose.

* Features

• Easy to use: you can simply start the FTP service without any additional configuration.
• Configurable: server root, port, anonymous access options are available.
• Built-in authentication.
• Lightweight: FTP Server requires very little resources to run and the app size is relatively small.
• All kinds of regular files supported: folders, documents, photos, movies, apps, backups and other files.

* Please restart the FTP service after changing the configuration / the FTP accounts.

Note: the default document root points to "/Users/*username*/Library/Containers/net.langui.FTPServer/Data/Documents/FTPShare", you can press Command-G in Finder to go to destination folder.

What’s New

Version 2.5.1

• Fix "Start FTP service on startup" issue
• Fix NAT-PMP/UPnP port mapping issue
• Add "Idle timeout" option (FTP Server Preferences -> Advanced)

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Ciphertext-R-Us ,

Thank you for an FTP server for High Sierra, but ...

I have multiple IP cameras that I capture snapshot images from via FTP. I’ve grown tired of fighting Apple to reconfigure the server after every major upgrade, hopefully this App will always be kept up-to-date! As noted by others the only real work for me was to adjust the App's the server root and the devices destination folders, and change the server port back to 21. I suppose I should have left it at 2121 and changed the devices … maybe next time I have to make a change.

My only issue is that I’ve configured your software to use port 21, but after every restart it goes back to your default port of 2121, hence all my cameras are broken :(

Thanks again!

Developer Response ,

Hi, please disable and re-enable the "Start FTP service on startup" option in "FTP Server Preferences -> Advanced" to make the changes take effect. Thank you!

zugvogel71 ,

Please update the spinning icon….

I just installed the app and it is easy to set up and just works. Two issues I would like to see resolved:

The fact that there are two different icons in the system tray makes no sense, and the fact that the one is animated and constantly spinning is distracting and not infomative. Can you please make that optional so it can turn it off? I know I can move one icon to the Dock, but the other stays there and spins, and spins, and spins….

Second - I use this to have a security camera upload recordings to my Mac - if the Mac crashes or reboots I have to type in a password to start the FTP server which is fine when I am there, but if I am not I will not get crucial recordings uploaded - can you please make that optional too so that it starts automatically if the computer reboots without havng to type in the password each time?

Developer Response ,

Hi, the issues have already been resolved in version 2.4. Thank you!

Bonyo B ,

Perfect but there is a glitch with WebDAV

For some strange reason very rare and in long intervals the app will cause the built in WebDAV to stop function properly. After I go to FTP Server app menu and choose Restart option it starts working immediately.


Coral Wu
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OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor


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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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