ForkLift 3 is the most advanced dual-pane file manager and file transfer client for macOS. Using ForkLift will come very easily. If you are used to Finder, everything will look familiar, and all the extra functionality will work as you expect it. ForkLift's user interface has got highly modular by now. You can have it anyways, from a minimal single pane look to the pedal-to-the-metal 3-ton engineering monster it can become, depending on what you need at the moment.

ForkLift supports FTP, FTP TLS, and SFTP.

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Downloading and Installing ForkLift

Here you can download ForkLift.

1. After downloading the installation file, double-click on it to open the installation package.

2. Choose the appropriate language.

3. Accept the license agreement and default installation option.

4. Click the Finish button at the end of the installation and ForkLift will launch automatically.

Connecting to ExaVault server with ForkLift

Connection to an FTP server with ForkLift is easy and native. You need three basic information to connect to a remote server: server hostname, username, and password. Once connected to the server, you will be able to work with the data stored on the server in the same way you work with local data. You can use Quick Look, you can edit files, browse archives or use batch rename.

Here are several steps:

1. Click the connect button or the lightning icon beside the star icon to connect to a remote server.

2. Choose the FTP protocol.

3. Enter server hostname, username, and password.

4. The default port for FTP connection is port number 21, but if your server is set up differently, you should enter the port number.

5. Check “Add to Favorites” option if you want to save the FTP connection after you successfully connected.

6. Click Connect.

On connection, a spinning progress indicator shows the connection is in progress. An alert is displayed if the connection fails for some reason. Once the connection is established, the volume is listed in the Sidebar under Connections. You can disconnect from the connection by clicking the small eject button next to the connection's name in the Sidebar, or selecting the connection in the Sidebar and clicking File > Disconnect.


FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and is the most common way of transferring files over the Internet. ForkLift supports FTP over TLS Explicit only.

The full manual for all options in ForkLift is here.

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