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Fetch for Mac

By Fetch Softworks Free to try Editors' Rating

Key Details of Fetch

  • FTP/SFTP client
  • Last updated on 06/15/20
  • There have been 1 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review

shelbybrown May 24, 2010

Fetch is one of the oldest and most well-loved FTP clients, whose cute fetching-dog animation has been running--literally--on Macs since 1989. Fetch can handle all your basic FTP needs, including SFTP and FTP with TLS/SSL, along with support for AppleScript and one-click remote file editing (with any kind of file and any kind of application). In addition to a fairly minimal and intuitive visual interface, Fetch saves you time with extras like Quick Look previews (optimized for OS X), easy drag and drop (including droplet shortcuts that save you from having to retype connection information), progress-tracking Dashboard widgets (shaped like, what else, doggie bones), autoresume of failed or stalled downloads, and a WebView feature that makes it easy to preview and share Web page updates.

Mac users have many more choices now for FTP clients than they did in 1989, including some free alternatives, and Fetch now falls into the middle ground in terms of price and features, with some notable shortcomings such as lack of support for Amazon S3.

Overall Fetch remains a solid FTP option with handy features that users have been appreciating for years, and a developer that listens to user comments to make the app better. Even when you do have problems, Fetch offers comprehensive help and active user forums.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.8.1

  • Restored the transfer window Find command
  • Restored the ability to adjust the font size of the transfer window (View > Bigger Font)
  • Fixed a crash saving, pasting or dragging shortcuts
  • Fixed a crash bringing up the Purchase window
  • Fixed a crash opening folders with .djvu files
  • Restored support for dragging to folder icons
  • Restored support for dragging to the status area below the file list
  • Fixed a problem dragging multiple items from Adobe Bridge
  • Fixed a problem where the purchasing window offered Fetch 5.7
  • Fixed a problem with the Info window displaying varying permissions for multiple items
  • Changed the Put window to display the options pane automatically
  • Changed the behavior of type-to-select in shortcut list windows to only match shortcut names
  • Made the reload and lock icons easier to see in Dark Mode


Release June 15, 2020
Date Added June 15, 2020
Version 5.8.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Catalina
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks
  • OS X Mountain Lion


Total Downloads 554,347
Downloads Last Week 18
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Developer's Description

Fetch is a full-featured FTP, SFTP and FTPS (FTP with TLS/SSL) client with a simple and easy-to-use interface.

Fetch features include: one-click editing remote files with any application, automatic restart of failed or stalled transfers, Quick Look, WebView, droplet shortcuts, automatic support for Zip, Tar, Gzip, StuffIt and other common file formats, Bonjour support, Unicode file names, synchronizing folders using the Mirror command, automating repetitive tasks with Automator actions and AppleScript recording, a Dashboard widget for easy uploading and tracking the progress of your upload, and extensive online help.

Upgrades for licensed users of Fetch 5.3.1 or earlier are $10.