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Ryan Hughes
ftp access on Mac OSX
on Dec 13, 2010 at 5:17:15 pm


I have seen similar posts, but none that address the exact problem I am having. I am unable to access any ftp server using Safari, the Finder or FileZilla. I have tried 3 or 4 different servers that we work with, double-checked the username and password (aware of case sensitive), typed the address: ftp://..... and, after a long wait, I receive the message: "Invalid Username or Password" or if in FileZilla: "Could not Connect to Server." I have 'File Sharing' checked and FTP Access 'On' in the 'Sharing' tab of 'System Preferences.'

Something I noticed: When I try to connect using Finder or Safari: A login window pops up looking for my username/password and it has the name of my computer "Edit 2" as the default username. Does this mean the computer thinks it is connecting to some internal server or something like that? Why would my computer's name be the default username when connecting to an external ftp server? I also tried connecting as 'Guest' and that does not work.

I regularly connect to these ftp servers on my PC with no problem. But it would make things a lot easier if I could connect to them on my Mac as well.

Any suggestions?

Mac Pro
Mac OS X 10.6.4

Thanks as always - Creative Cow is a great resource!

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Chris Gordon
Re: ftp access on Mac OSX
on Dec 14, 2010 at 2:55:17 am

- Is the PC on the same network as your Mac -- meaning does it take the same network path to get to the FTP servers?
- Are you behind a firewall? If so, you may need to ensure you are forcing passive FTP from your client.
- Are these public/anonymous FTP servers? I'm guessing they are from your attempt to use "Guest" as the account. The standard account to use for public FTp servers is "anonymous" and for your password, your email address (or at least something formatted like an email address). See

As for clients, I've had the best luck just using FireFox for FTP things on my Mac. I'm behind a firewall and a squid proxy and Firefox is the only thing that seems to work reliably (though OpenBSD images and patches seem to be the only thing I use FTP for these days).

Hope that helps.

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