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out of 9 votes out of 9 votes

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  • Date Added:
    Mar. 05, 2018
  • Price:
    Free to try; $29.95 to buy
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  • Product ranking:
    #6 in FTP Software

Beta or prerelease software is not intended for inexperienced users, as the software may contain bugs or potentially damage your system. We strongly recommend that users exercise caution and save all mission-critical data before installing and/or using this software.

Editors' Review

ForkLift is an FTP client for Mac. While many FTP programs look like they were designed by people who are only concerned with functionality and not form, ForkLift presents a more familiar, accessible design. Someone who is not comfortable with advanced computer operations such as FTP transfers should still have no problem sending or receiving files with this program.


Modern design: Many FTP programs look as technical and complicated now as they did 10 years ago. ForkLift looks much more modern by contrast. It has a navigation structure built into the program that mirrors the Finder in OS X so that it is more or less familiar and comfortable to search through for files.

Easy connection: A single button on the top toolbar opens a connection setup box, where everything is clearly labeled and straightforward. Confusion is sometimes an issue with FTP programs, especially when there are many more text boxes and menu options that are strictly necessary for a basic file transfer. ForkLift keeps it to the essentials, which is great for first-time attempts at file transfer.

Smooth, quick operations: ForkLift completed a smooth and quick file transfer in the background without slowing other operations.


Lack of help: Despite its relative ease of use, FTP programs still have huge potential to be complicated or confusing. There is no help feature to speak of in this app, which is an unfortunate omission.

Bottom Line

ForkLift is a great FTP app for Mac. If you need to a do a lot of file transfers, especially if you're inexperienced in the area, this program should make learning the ropes and transferring files easy for you. Ultimately, it is quick and painless, which is what you want from this type of program.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of ForkLift for Mac 2.6.2.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.2b
  • 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
  • Adds ability to log in using GPG card instead of SSH private key
  • 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
Publisher Dandre
Publisher web site
Release Date March 05, 2018
Date Added March 05, 2018
Version 3.2b
Category Internet Software
Subcategory FTP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks
  • OS X Mountain Lion
  • OS X Lion
Download Information
File Size 43.57MB
File Name
Total Downloads 7,004
Downloads Last Week 9
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $29.95
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