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Commander One – reliable SFTP client for Mac OS users

Commander One is more than just a decent SFTP client Mac tool. It is also a convenient and user-friendly dual-pane file manager with a bunch of handy features for fast work with all your files no matter where they are stored.
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Yoo-hoo! Commander One is now natively compatible with Apple M1-powered Macs!
Commander One

Support for various protocols

This SFTP client for Mac supports work with different protocols and lets you share files with ease. Besides SFTP, you can find FTP, FTP with Implicit SSL (also known as FTPS),FTP with TLS/SSL (also known as FTPES).

Numerous connections

Deal with numerous connections simultaneously and have fast and efficient file transfer between your Mac computer and remote servers.

SFTP server as a local disk

Commander One makes it possible to map SFTP server as a local drive for flawless work with files. Deal with the files on the server as if they were located on your computer.

Extra protection on online connections with encryption feature

While using this SFTP Macintosh software you can encrypt files kept on any of your online connections. Commander One uses the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) with a 256-bit key length to translate data into a different form, protecting it from any unwanted access.
  • Web services (FTP, Amazon S3, WebDAV)
  • Cloud storages (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and more)
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Advanced file manager for free
Advanced functionality for the most efficient and convenient file management can be found in Commander One. It is a versatile solution that offers you full control over your files thus making the work with them easy and fast. Try this Mac SFTP client and benefit also from the functionality of the enhanced file manager.

Reveal hidden files

Convenient option to show all the hidden files via a button on the toolbar.

Variety of fonts & colors

Ability to choose whatever color and font you wish.

Brief mode support

Ability to simultaneously handle and access as many files and folders as needed.

History and Favorites

Ability to quickly access already opened or favorite folders.

Configurable Hotkeys

Ability to select your own hotkeys for certain actions.

As much tabs as needed

This SFTP Mac client offers you unlimited number of tabs to facilitate your working routine.

Practical items selection

Commander One offers a convenient file selection.

Queuing file operations

Copy or move files in the background while working in Commander One.

Support for ZIP format

This SFTP client Mac solution also works as an excellent Zip archiver.

Built-in file viewer

Different file formats can be seamlessly viewed in Commander One.

List of Computers in local network

Easily access computers that are connected to the same local area network.

Root Access

Have advanced access privileges with Commander One.
Commander One file manager copy screenshot

How to organize Mac SSH file transfer via Commander One

Follow these simple steps to connect to SFTP and be able to handle files stored on the remote server with ease.

Firstly, download SFTP Mac tool - Commander One on your computer.

Install and open the app.

FTP client for Mac

Launch the Connection Manager tab. To do this click the corresponding icon on the toolbar. As an option, you can use the Command+F hotkey or select Window → Connections Manager in the menu.

FTP client for Mac

Select SFTP icon and specify the required settings:

  • connection name
  • address of the server
  • port number, in our case - 22
  • login credentials
  • connection mode
  • remote path

connection manager

After everything is filed in, click the Connect button.

Frequently Asked Questions

Launch System Preferences and go to the Sharing section. Check the box next to Remote Login to enable SSH and SFTP. You can check if SFTP is working by executing the following command in the Terminal: sftp localhost
You can connect to SFTP via Terminal or a specialized SFTP tool for Mac like Commander One.

Command to login to remote server using SFTP: sftp [email protected] _ip

You will be prompted for a password. Type it in and press Enter to login.
SFTP is secure by default. When it comes to secure data transfer, SFTP is the best option for you. You can rest assured that the encryption measures are compliant with compliance standards, and you avoid the inherent vulnerabilities of FTP transfers.

The difference between these two protocols can be found here:

FTP is a File Transfer Protocol. It does not provide a secure channel for transferring files between hosts. FTP is a TCP / IP protocol. FTP connection establishes a control connection on TCP port 21. FTP password and data are sent in plain text.

Whereas SFTP is a Secure file transfer protocol. It provides a secure channel for transferring files between hosts. SFTP is part of the SSH (Remote Login Application) protocol. It transfers the file over an SSH connection between the client and the server. SFTP encrypts data before sending.

Commander One is a professional file manager and SFTP software for Mac. The app offers a powerful set of features for file management no matter where files are located.

Commander One Languages

  • Český
  • Deutsch
  • English
  • Français
  • Українська
  • Magyar
  • 日本の
  • 한국어
  • Polski
  • Русский
  • Español
  • Nederlands
  • 中文

Commander One

This FTP client for Mac is fully compatible with MacOS 10.12 and later. Requires 58.88MB free space, latest version 3.2(3489). Released 26 Jul, 2021.

4.5 rank based on 90+ users, Reviews (15)
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