Knowledge Base

Fetch - Macintosh FTP Client


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Initiate a Connection

When you start Fetch a dialog box automatically opens to create a connection. Use the mouse or the tab key to move among fields.

Configuration window

  1. Refer to the Welcome Letter that was faxed to you for the following:
    1. In the Host: field enter the Main URL for your website
    2. In the User ID: field, enter your Account name
    3. In the Password: field, enter your Password (note: Fetch displays this as a series of dots)
    4. In the Directory field, enter the directory which contains your html files, for instance /usr/httpd/virtual/
  2. Click OK
  3. A connection with the ftp server is established and the session window opens.

File Transfer with Fetch

Once connected, The Fetch window displays file and directory information on the remote computer. To navigate among directories, double-click on a directory name. To move up in the directory structure, select a name from the drop-down box.

Upload with Fetch on a Macintosh

  1. Click on the Put File button.
  2. A directory box opens. Select the file to upload from your local computer and click Open Note: Unix treats filenames somewhat differently than other programs. It is useful to remove spaces, capitalization and extensions from filenames before uploading them
  3. A second dialog box opens. From the Format drop-down list, select Text if it is a text file, MacBinary if it is a binary file for use on another Macintosh, or Raw Data if it is a binary file for use on any other operating system, such as a GIF or JPEG for a Web page
  4. Click the OK button

Download with Fetch on a Macintosh

  1. Click once on a file name to select it
  2. The default file type setting is Automatic; this usually works fine. If necessary, click Text to specify a text file, or Binary to specify a binary file
  3. Click on the Get File button
  4. A directory box opens. Select a directory in which to store the file and click Save

Close a Connection

  • To close the connection, click the Close Connection button.
  • To open another connection, click the Open Connection button. (The Close Connection button toggles to Open when you disconnect.)