The best FTP Clients for Mac Compared – Speed Test

A few months ago we decided to run a comprehensive speed test of the best file transfer clients for macOS. During this process, we made some observations which allowed us to increase the file transfer speed of ForkLift even more. In this blog post, we’ll tell you what changes we’ve made to make ForkLift faster, and we’ll reveal the results of our speed test.

ForkLift is a file manager and a file transfer tool for Mac supporting a wide variety of file transfer protocols. With ForkLift – among many other things – you can copy, move or delete files on your Mac locally and you can also connect to remote servers to upload, download or delete files. A lot of people have to connect to remote servers or cloud storages to transfer files on a daily basis, for example:

  • Web developers
  • Web designers
  • System administrators to move files to and from servers and even edit them remotely
  • Photographers to back up their photos to Amazon S3 or other providers
  • Bloggers to upload files to WordPress or other platforms
  • Everyday users who back up or store data on a NAS (Network Attached Storage), Google Drive or Dropbox

Nobody wants to spend too much time moving files from one place to another. This is especially true when the actual work can only begin after the files have been transferred. That’s why performance is one of the most important factors of file transfer apps.

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ForkLift 3.2.3 is available

New

  • New and faster Amazon S3 engine that also supports S3 compatible services
  • Create encrypted archives or choose from multiple archive formats (Command-Option-Shift-M)
  • Spanish localization
  • Swap Panes toolbar button
  • Default Folder X integration

Improvements

  • Improved speed of expanding folders with many files inside in List View
  • Server field trims the host address to exclude accidentally pasted whitespaces

Fixes

  • Fixes a heavy memory usage issue when downloading from SFTP
  • Fixes a possible crash when opening an SMB favorite from Favorite Manager
  • Fixes a possible dataloss when copy started even if there would not be enough space
  • Fixes an issue that caused keyboard shortcuts and creating folders to stop working
  • Fixes an issue when new window was always opened in List View
  • Fixes an issue when two windows were opened on launch
  • Fixes an issue with preserving modification dates on local network shares
  • Fixes an issue with connecting to a specific WebDAV server
  • Fixes an issue with opening the path of an SMB favorite if share was already mounted
  • Fixes an issue with displaying tags in Column View
  • Fixes an issue with Control-Click in Icon View
  • Fixes an issue that prevented cancelling of archive extraction
  • Fixes an issue with saving auth token when dragging a Google Drive folder to the sidebar
  • Fixes an issue with Go To Folder when pasting full path opened the file
  • Fixes an issue with missing forward slash when using s3:// as base url
  • Fixes an issue that prevented renaming a file if it was opened in Quick Look
  • Fixen an issue with displaying correct size of a sync process in Activities
  • Fixes an issue with switching focus to search result when pressing the Tab key
  • Fixes an issue with disabled ‘Resize columns to fit’ in Column View
  • Fixes an issue with searching filenames with Umlauts
  • Fixes an issue when remote symlinks could not be opened in Column View
  • Fixes an issue when Sort By did not list items alphabetically
  • Fixes a listing issue on a certain FTP server
  • Fixes an issue with Group By Size sorting
  • Numerous minor fixes and improvements

Download ForkLift 3.2.3

ForkLift 3.2.2 is available

New

  • French localization

Improvements

  • Home directory is now displayed as root in the path bar
  • Folders are listed on top when Group by Kind sorting is enabled

Fixes

  • Fixes a possible dataloss with multi rename
  • Fixes a possible hang when opening Get Info
  • Fixes a crash when double-clicking on the close button of a multi rename window
  • Fixes a possible crash when changing view mode from icon view with previously selected items to list or column view
  • Fixes a crash when opening an encrypted tar.zip with enabled Treat archives as folders
  • Fixes an issue with listing a specific share in the sidebar
  • Fixes an issue with creating a new folder while there is an ongoing operation
  • Fixes an issue with creating a folder with forward slash in its name
  • Fixes an issue with creating a new folder on a certain WebDAV server
  • Fixes a character encoding issue on some network shares
  • Fixes an issue that caused displaying wrong modification date on some FTP servers
  • Fixes an issue with replacing and moving a folder to SFTP
  • Fixes an issue with the search field
  • Fixes an issue with displaying remote PDF files in the Preview panel
  • Fixes an issue with displaying RTF text files in the Preview panel
  • Fixes an issue with Quick Look on SFTP
  • Fixes an issue with updating available space in the status bar
  • Fixes an issue with updating sidebar
  • Fixes an issue with Keyboard Selection when selection did not stay in focus after reaching the bottom of the pane
  • Fixes an issue when deselecting the only selected item with Command-Click resulted in activating rename
  • Numerous minor fixes and improvements

Download ForkLift 3.2.2

ForkLift 3.2.1 is available

Important Notice

We discovered an issue in ForkLift 3.2 that prevents the auto-update process to install the newer version. Please download this update manually and move it to your Applications folder using Finder. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Changelog:

  • Fixes a crash when creating a new folder with enabled ‘Group by’ sorting
  • Fixes an issue with listing files and folders with spaces in their filename on WebDAV
  • Fixes a rename issue with Keyboard Selection
  • Fixes the Sparkle auto-update issue – fingers crossed 🙂
  • Numerous other minor fixes and improvements

Download ForkLift 3.2.1

ForkLift 3.2 is available

Changelog:

  • Backblaze B2 support
  • New way of displaying connected shares in the sidebar
  • Dramatically improves speed of folder navigation
  • Dramatically improves speed of local transfers
  • Dramatically improves speed of simultaneous transfers on SFTP
  • Dramatically improves speed of loading thumbnails in icon view
  • Dramatically improves performance of dragging thousands of files
  • Dramatically increased appearances of the word dramatic in the release note
  • ForkLift now saves the previously used multi rename preset as default
  • Adds ability to enable auto-play of a selected media file in the Preview panel (More info)
  • Adds ability to log in using GPG card instead of SSH private key (More info)
  • Fixes a possible crash with Amazon S3 when uploading or deleting a large amount of folders with many subfolders inside
  • Fixes an issue that caused massive memory usage when ForkLift was in the background
  • Fixes a possible crash when creating a new folder in Rackspace root
  • Fixes a possible crash with displaying error message when there was no opened window
  • Fixes a possible hang when previewing very large text files
  • Fixes a possible crash when connecting to a certain FTP TLS servers
  • Fixes a possible crash when parsing posix permissions on certain FTP servers
  • Fixes a possible crash during the authentication process of Google Drive
  • Fixes a possible crash when choosing Dropbox sync twice in Preferences
  • Fixes a possible crash when assigning a shortcut to a certain menu items
  • Fixes a possible crash when dragging a tab to another window
  • Fixes a possible crash when connecting to Rackspace with an invalid remote path
  • Fixes a translocation issue when copying an app to Applications
  • Fixes an issue with pausing local transfers
  • Fixes an issue with displaying alert dialog when closing the window with ongoing transfers
  • Fixes an issue with displaying original path of a symlink in Get Info
  • Fixes a compatibility issue with certain WebDAV servers
  • Fixes a compatibility issue with certain FTP servers
  • Fixes an issue with connecting to Humax media server via FTP
  • Fixes an issue with connecting to Atlassian Confluence server via WebDAV
  • Fixes an issue with pressing Command-Backspace in Quick Open, Quick Select, and Go to Folder
  • Fixes an issue with opening a selected file in column view
  • Fixes an issue with displaying the correct dimensions of an image in the Preview panel
  • Fixes an issue with Preview panel when enabling dark mode
  • Fixes an issue with listing filenames with spaces on a specific WebDAV server
  • Fixes an issue with displaying the correct year of modification date on FTP
  • Fixes an issue with creating an EU (Ireland) region bucket on Amazon S3
  • Numerous other fixes and improvements

Download ForkLift 3.2

ForkLift 3.2 Beta is available

Changelog:

  • Backblaze B2 support
  • New way of displaying connected shares in the sidebar
  • Dramatically improves speed of folder navigation
  • Dramatically improves speed of local transfers
  • Dramatically improves speed of loading thumbnails in icon view
  • Dramatically improves performance of dragging thousands of files
  • Dramatically increased appearances of the word dramatic in the release note
  • ForkLift now saves the previously used multi rename preset as default
  • Adds ability to enable auto-play of a selected media file in the Preview panel (More info)
  • Adds ability to log in using GPG card instead of SSH private key (More info)
  • Fixes a possible crash with Amazon S3 when uploading or deleting a large amount of folders with many subfolders inside
  • Fixes a possible crash when creating a new folder in Rackspace root
  • Fixes a possible crash with displaying error message when there was no opened window
  • Fixes a possible hang when previewing very large text files
  • Fixes a possible crash when connecting to a certain FTP TLS servers
  • Fixes a possible crash when parsing posix permissions on certain FTP servers
  • Fixes a possible crash during the authentication process of Google Drive
  • Fixes a possible crash when choosing Dropbox sync twice in Preferences
  • Fixes a possible crash when assigning a shortcut to a certain menu items
  • Fixes an issue with pausing local transfers
  • Fixes an issue with displaying alert dialog when closing the window with ongoing transfers
  • Fixes an issue with displaying original path of a symlink in Get Info
  • Fixes a compatibility issue with certain WebDAV servers
  • Fixes a compatibility issue with certain FTP servers
  • Fixes an issue with connecting to Humax media server via FTP
  • Fixes an issue with connecting to Atlassian Confluence server via WebDAV
  • Fixes an issue with pressing Command-Backspace in Quick Open, Quick Select, and Go to Folder
  • Fixes an issue with opening a selected file in column view
  • Fixes an issue with displaying the correct dimensions of an image in the Preview panel
  • Fixes an issue with Preview panel when enabling dark mode
  • Numerous other fixes and improvements

If you find any issue related to this build, or have some questions, please send us an email to support@binarynights.com or use the Feedback toolbar button.

Download ForkLift 3.2 Beta

ForkLift 3.1.2 is available

Changelog:

  • Fixes a possible crash when enabling/disabling dark mode with opened Preview panel
  • Fixes a possible crash with Icon View when holding down the Arrow Down key immediately after switching pane
  • Fixes a possible crash when dragging files from an archive without filesize
  • Fixes a rename issue with numpad Enter key
  • Fixes an issue with mounting a favorite as disk with forward slash in its name
  • Fixes an issue with refreshing icon preview when replacing an item
  • Fixes an issue with refreshing view while previewing a document in Preview panel
  • Fixes an issue in the FTP datasource with parsing UNIX.group and UNIX.owner
  • Numerous other fixes and improvements

Download ForkLift 3.1.2