ForkLift – Best Damned OS X FTP Client




  • Last night the Cyberduck FTP client gave me trouble for the last time. It frequently asks me to overwrite — and thus re-upload — files. And most of my FTP uploads are of large files (hundreds of megabytes.) I don’t know if the overwrite prompts are because the connection disappears momentarily or what. But they are annoying.

    So today I decided to get another FTP client.

    I started with this review to get a beginning list of contenders.

    To cut to the chase, there was only one FTP client besides Cyberduck I really liked using: ForkLift. I bought it today. Once I’d seen the other clients and ensured SCP/SFTP was working for me with ForkLift, I didn’t hesitate to purchase it.

    Here are my notes on the FTP clients I considered:
    Forklift (on sale via MacUpdate Promo for $29.95. cf. $44.95)
    http://binarynights.com/
    Tried it today. Instantly loved it. Just loved it. SCP worked (SFTP). I was instantly hooked.
    I like its interface more than Cyberduck, though I definitely appreciate Cyberduck’s price.
    Cyberduck
    http://cyberduck.ch/
    Looks fine to me. But in actual use, sucks for me due to one big problem. Constant problems uploading large files to my client’s FTP site. Hassle. Might be a resume (interruption recovery) problem.

    Would I go back to Cyberduck (free) if I didn’t have the upload problem? No, I wouldn’t. Because to me the $30 I paid for ForkLift is totally worth it to use the tool that I know is the most comfortable for me. But would I recommend Cyberduck to someone that wasn’t totally in love with ForkLift? Absolutely! Cyberduck is a terrific tool and it’s definitely my second choice among the OS X FTP clients I’ve tried.
    Transmit
    http://www.panic.com/transmit/
    Tried it. Interface sucks. Windows are tiny and borders are damned thick. Not natural. By way of comparison, ForkLift was just fab from the get-go.
    Interarchy
    http://nolobe.com/interarchy/
    Tried it today, 17 March 2009. I didn’t like using it. Not comfortable at all. I’ll pass.
    Yummy
    http://www.yummysoftware.com/
    I just don’t like the look of it from the Flash screen shot.
    Tried it. Didn’t like the interface. Thick borders, though not as thick as Transmit’s borders. Causes a mental disconnect for me.
    Fetch
    http://fetchsoftworks.com/
    Looks ugly to me.
    Not even going to try it.
    Filezilla
    http://filezilla-project.org/download.php
    Not pleasant to use. To Windowsy. I use it in Windows on machines I don’t have Directory Opus on and it’s a worthy tool with a great price.