Open Source WinSCP Alternatives for Mac

    WinSCP is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative is FileZilla, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to WinSCP and many of them is available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to WinSCP are Cyberduck (Free, Open Source), Forklift (Paid), Transmit (Paid) and muCommander (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 23, 2021

    1. FileZilla is a powerful FTP-client. It has been designed for ease of use and with support for as many features as possible, while still being fast and reliable.


      Be aware that installing FileZilla on your computer might install some bundleware/malware on your machine. See this thread on the FileZilla forum:

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      FileZilla vs WinSCP opinions
      Some users think FileZilla is a great alternative to WinSCP , some don't.
      FileZilla is one of the best FTP clients
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

      It's not an SCP client, just (S)FTP
      Top negative comment  12 months ago

      filezilla is only ftp no SSH/SCP
      Negative comment 10 months ago

      FileZilla only does FTP/SFTP. It does not do SCP
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      Does not support ssh sudo su
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      FTP if different from SCP, if the specific protocol is needed then FTP client is useless
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      No automatic save after editing.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

    2. A libre FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3, Backblaze B2, Azure & OpenStack Swift browser.
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      Cyberduck vs WinSCP opinions
      Most users think Cyberduck is a great alternative to WinSCP .
      Some AVs block FileZilla on macOS for some reason and I couldn't use it. Cyberduck is excellent alternative Open Source as it is very similar to all of them.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      ssssh in command line not GUI
      Negative comment over 5 years ago


    3. muCommander is a lightweight, cross-platform file manager with a dual-pane interface. It runs on any operating system with Java support (Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, *BSD, Solaris...).
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      Most users think muCommander is a great alternative to WinSCP .
    4. FileZilla Secure is a free FTP client that has all the features of the original FileZilla plus it encrypts your FTP passwords to help protect from hackers stealing them.


      It has been clearly 'replaced' by the original FileZilla, see

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    5. trolCommander - fork of the free and opensource muCommander filemanager.


      Last update is from December 29th, 2016.

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    6. Native port of Far Manager to Linux and MacOS.
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    7. Command line utility to sync local files and directories to a WebDAV server.
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    8. CurlFtpFS is a filesystem for accessing FTP hosts based on FUSE and libcurl. It is the simplest and very convenient way to work with remote FTP sites. No special FTP GUI apps is necessary and credentials can be stored in Netrc file.


      This project has been obsoleted by LUFS - UserLand FileSystem which besides ftpfs supports sshfs and some others. Please use the new implementation.

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