FTP and SFTP

To mount a remote FTP or SFTP server with CloudMounter, do the following:

1. Choose the connection method (depending on the capabilities of the server you are connecting to):

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  • FTP: Plain, unencrypted FTP.
  • FTP with Impicit SSL: In implicit mode, security is enabled as soon as the connection starts. This method of negotiating TLS/SSL for FTP is considered deprecated, but is still widely used. This type of connection is also known as FTPS.
  • FTP with TLS/SSL: Also known as explicit FTP with TLS/SSL, or FTPES, this type of connection starts out as plain FTP, but through special FTP commands is upgraded to TLS/SSL encryption. This is a somewhat newer form of encrypted FTP, and is considered the preferred way to establish secure connections.
  • SFTP: While both are secure file transfer protocols and have similar names, FTP with TLS/SSL (FTPS and FTPES) should not be confused with SFTP, which stands for SSH File Transfer Protocol. SFTP is a completely different protocol, whereas FTP with TLS/SSL uses the same protocol as FTP but wrapped in an encryption layer.

2. Choose the connection name:

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3. Specify the server’s address and the port it is listening on.

The default ports are:

  • 21 for plain FTP and FTP with TLS/SSL;
  • 990 for FTP with Implicit SSL;
  • 22 for SFTP.

4. Enter your login and password. If you don’t have an account on the server, check Anonymous login.

Note: If you specify a password, it will be stored in the Keychain and not asked again. If you leave the field blank, and a password is required by the server, it will be prompted on every connect.

6. Choose the connection mode – active or passive. See this answer on Stack Overflow to learn how they are different.

7. Set the remote path. This is the directory on the server that will hold the files you upload. If you leave this field blank, the files will be uploaded to the default directory your FTP account logs into.

8. Click Mount.