How do Mac users upload and download files to remote servers or websites? The old fashioned way. Apps that connect remotely using FTP or the more secure SFTP protocols; each with quirks and settings galore. Why isn’t there an easier way to move files back and forth from your Mac to anywhere else?
Actually, there is. ExpanDrive has been around a few years and does what Apple really should have done back in the last century– embed SFTP and FTP into the Mac’s Finder.
The way ExpanDrive works is remarkably simple and intuitive. It acts just like plugging in a USB disk to your Mac that shows up on the Finder so copying files back and forth is a simple drag and drop operation.
Here’s what it looks like in action.
ExpanDrive shows up in the Mac’s Finder Sidebar under Devices. Click it and whatever remote server you’ve connected to is instantly explorable from the Finder.
You won’t have to configure anything on the remote server, but you will have to enter your FTP or SFTP login information. And, ExpanDrive also connects to Amazon S3 storage.
It works as if the connection to a remote server was actually embedded within the Mac’s Finder.
The only issue I’ve run into has been with third party file synchronization apps, but ExpanDrive makes it as easy as possible to copy or move files from your Mac to a remote storage location without leaving the Finder to use a different app.