SEPTEMBER 24, 2002
FTP in Mac OS X 10.2
Using your Mac as an FTP client and server
by David Nagel

Network functionality is one of the major new enhancements in mac OS X 10.2. We've discussed in the past the ability of OS X to network with Windows machines and also gone over methods for connecting to AppleTalk servers over the Internet. Today we'll look at how to set up your Mac as an FTP server--including any firewall issues that might be involved--and also how to use the new FTP client functionality built into version 10.2.

Now, none of this is particularly difficult, if you know that you can do it and know where to look. But judging from some letters I've received, some of you might not know one or the other, and it's worth it to take the time to find out about these features. [an error occurred while processing this directive] Using the built-in FTP client
First the client.

Now, Mac OS X has long had the ability to connect to FTP servers. And now it's simpler than ever. In the past, you've had to connect up to an FTP server using the Mac's built-in client by typing in an I.P. address, which, simply, you might not have access to. For example, what's the I.P. address of Netscape's FTP site? I'm sure some of you can find it, but, for others, it's too much of a hassle. (Of course, you could also just use one of the innumerable free and shareware FTP clients available for the Mac. But, frankly, I love the way Mac OS X handles FTP, so I'm going to show you how to use it. Spread the joy, as it were.)

1. To connect to an FTP server in Mac OS X 10.2, go to your Finder, and select the Go menu. Choose the "Connect to Server" option.

2. Type in the URL of the FTP site, as, for example,

3. Enter in any authorization that might be required for a particular site.

The site now mounts on your Desktop as if it were just another hard drive on the local network. Nothing could be simpler.

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