Accessing files on a remote FTP server is a pretty common task. There are many applications such as FileZilla or macOS command line tools for doing this. I’ll show two alternatives here that do not require installation of software or using shell commands. One option for mounting FTP servers on macOS is to use Finder and the other one is to use Safari. Both result in a remote FTP directory being mounted on the local file system, which you can then use like any other directory to download and upload files via FTP.
Using Finder for Mounting FTP Server on macOS
In Finder, from the main menu, select Go > Connect to Server… to open the Connect to Server dialog.
In the Server Address field, enter the URL of the remote FTP server.
Here I am using a public anonymous FTP server with the hostname
Make sure to prefix the hostname with the protocol, here:
ftp://, then click on Connect.
The connection to the remote FTP server will be established. Select Guest in the authentication dialog or enter the username and password if you are trying to connect to a FTP server that requires authentication.
Once connected, the contents of the FTP server’s root directory are shown in a new Finder window. After that, you can download and upload files by dragging and dropping them from- and to the mounted FTP folder.
In addition, macOS will create a new icon on the desktop for the mounted FTP server URL.
Using Safari for Mounting FTP Server on macOS
In Safari, enter the server’s FTP URL in the address bar.
When prompted whether to allow Safari to use Finder, click on Allow.
The remaining steps are the same as before and macOS again will open the FTP server’s root directory in a new Finder window and create an icon on the desktop.