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FTP Graphical User Interface in Lion Server

By John Rizzo

In Lion Server, Apple removed the graphical user interface (GUI) for FTP that was present in previous versions of Mac OS X Server. In Lion Server, FTP is available only through the command line. None of Lion Server’s services uses FTP.

A benefit of FTP is that any computer operating system can download files from an FTP server with a web browser. FTP is often used to serve files across the Internet, but it isn’t secure.

If you want FTP service with a graphical user interface, you can install a third-party FTP server in Lion Server. Here are a few good FTP servers that use a graphical user interface:

  • Rumpus from Maxum is commercial FTP server software written specifically for Macs.

  • Wing FTP Server from Wing FTP Software, available for Mac, Windows, and Linux, offers some security options.

  • PureFTPd Manager is a graphical front end to PureFTPd, a free command-only FTP server. Both are written specifically for Mac.

While you’re at it, if you’re looking for a good FTP client for users running Mac OS X, Windows, or Linux, try the free, open source FileZilla. FileZilla is dependable and easy to use.