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Macintosh Client and a Unix Server

Transfer files between a Macintosh client and a Unix server.

This article applies to: Managed Servers

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Note: This page outlines secure methods for transferring files between a Macintosh client and a Unix server. If you are transferring files between other systems, please see the Choose a File Transfer Protocol page to find the secure method that's right for your needs.
Recommended File Transfer Options
SFTP/SCP (Always encrypted) WebDAV over SSL (Can be encrypted) FTP over SSL (FTPS) (Always encrypted) Microsoft File Sharing (SMB/CIFS)
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What is SFTP/SCP? (Okay to use for confidential data.)

Both SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) and SCP (Secure Copy Protocol) are file transfer protocols similar to FTP but with additional security (both commands and data are encrypted).

  • Fetch is the CIT-supported SFTP software for Macintosh. Use it to transfer files and also to perform simple file and directory commands such as listing files and changing directories. For information on installing Fetch and transferring files, see File Transfer Using Fetch.
  • CIT does not currently distribute an SCP client. Systems Support recommends that you use SFTP to transfer files.


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