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How to enable ftp server on Mac OS X 10.8

Apple Mac OS X Lion and Mountain Lion don't come with a button that enables the ftp server by only a click, but that still doesn't mean the ftp server isn't included. Let's see how to enable it.

 
  Author: mat | Version: 10.8 | 7th May 2013 |  
 
 
1.
 

Click the Spotlight Search button in the Mac OS X toolbar end enter terminal into the search field.

Click the Terminal app (see picture).

 
 
2.
 

To enable the ftp server you need to enter the following command into the Terminal window:

sudo -s launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist

... and press Enter.

It's a one line command, simply copy and paste it into the terminal window.

 
 
3.
 

To test if the Mac OS X ftp server was successfully enabled enter the following command into the terminal window:

ftp local host

... and press Enter.

If you get the Connected to local host message then your Mac OS X ftp server was successfully enabled.

To disable the ftp server enter the following command into the Terminal window:

sudo -s launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist


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