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How to Transfer Files with Commander One

Brendan Bonner
by Atlantic.Net (39posts) under Managed Server Hosting


Commander One is a dual-panel file manager for Mac OS with built-in FTP/FTPS/SFTP client. Although the FTP client is a paid feature its basic options are free and paid functionality is available to you for 15 days trial for free. Commander One is essentially a file management solution, and it  significantly enhances the FTP functionality by providing a convenient way to work with FTP file structure. Thanks to the dual-panel interface you can even connect several FTP servers at once and transfer your information from one to another directly, without copying them to local Mac.

Commander One Installation

– Download a free installer for Commander One here.

– Mount the DMG image to your Mac and drag Commander One icon to ~/Applications folder.

How to connect to FTP using Commander One

Launch Commander One from ~/Applications directory or Mac OS Dock.

An example of the Commander One icon on the application dock

An example of the Commander One icon on the application dock

Navigate to FTP connections menu from Toolbar or Go → Connect to Server menu, or use the corresponding keyboard shortcut (def. ⌘K).

An example of where to click for FTP connections

An example of where to click for FTP connections

Press “+” button to add a new FTP connection to the list.

Give your connection a name of our choice.

Choose a protocol – simple FTP, FTP over SSH and secure FTP with SSL.

An example of choosing FTP

An example of choosing FTP

In “Server” field enter IP address of your hosted server or domain name.

Enter  your login credentials in ‘Login’ and ‘Password’ fields. If the server allows, you can use Anonymous access.

Specify whether you want to store your user ID in Mac OS Keychain.

Choose Passive or Active FTP mode and home directory for connection.

Now, press “Connect” button and your server will be displayed as a mounted drive in Commander One window. You can select it in either panel, or both of them simultaneously to optimize the workflow.

An example the Commander One workflow

An example the Commander One workflow

Commander One allows transferring and editing files over FTP, as well as changing files’ permissions directly over a  web server.

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