How to use SFTP with Cyberduck

Cyberduck is another popular open-source file transfer client, similar to FileZilla. Learn how to connect to an SFTP server with Cyberduck in this simple walkthrough.

Cyberduck is another popular open-source file transfer client, similar to FileZilla. It's primarily used for transferring files to and from FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, and other cloud storage servers. Like FileZilla, Cyberduck is available for various operating systems including Windows and macOS.

Cyberduck provides a user-friendly interface and supports drag-and-drop functionality for easy file transfers. It also offers features such as bookmarking, integration with external editors, and advanced file permissions management.

Using Cyberduck with SFTP

Using Cyberduck with SFTP is quite straightforward. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

  1. Download and Install Cyberduck:

    • Visit the Cyberduck website ( and download the appropriate version for your operating system.

    • Follow the installation instructions to install Cyberduck on your computer.

  2. Open Cyberduck:

    • After installation, launch Cyberduck.

  3. Create a New Connection:

    • Click on the "Open Connection" button in the top left corner, or go to "File" > "Open Connection".

  4. Configure Connection Settings:

    • In the "Open Connection" window, select "SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol)" from the dropdown menu for "Connection Type".

    • Enter the server address (hostname or IP address) in the "Server" field.

    • Enter your username in the "Username" field.

    • If the server uses a non-standard port for SFTP (other than 22), specify it in the "Port" field.

    • If you have a specific folder you want to open on the server upon connection, you can enter it in the "Path" field.

    • Click "Connect".

  5. Authenticate:

    • If this is your first time connecting to the server, you'll be prompted to verify the server's fingerprint. Make sure it matches the expected fingerprint to ensure you're connecting to the correct server.

    • Enter your password when prompted, and optionally, you can choose to save your password to the keychain for future logins.

  6. Transferring Files:

    • Once connected, you'll see the file browser window showing the files on the server.

    • To upload files to the server, drag them from your local file browser (left pane) to the remote file browser (right pane).

    • To download files from the server to your local machine, drag them from the remote file browser to the local file browser.

  7. Managing Files:

    • Cyberduck allows you to perform various file operations such as creating directories, renaming files, deleting files, and changing file permissions.

  8. Disconnecting:

    • When you're finished with your file transfers, click the "Disconnect" button in the Cyberduck toolbar or go to "File" > "Disconnect".

  9. Close Cyberduck:

    • Finally, you can close Cyberduck when you're done.

That's it! You've successfully used Cyberduck with SFTP to transfer files securely between your local machine and a remote server.

Using Cyberduck with Couchdrop

Couchdrop supports Cyberduck via SFTP and FTP. When configuring your server connection in the Site Manager, use the hostname, username and password provided in the Couchdrop admin interface.

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