Truck.app – the fastest alternative to FTP – built for Mac

Still using FTP? Truck hauls data 30x faster thanks to its modern rsync engine (included) which compresses, de-duplicates and encrypts – giving significantly higher performance and security, right from the first transfer. Setup takes 3 clicks (no command line), then just drag-and-drop to transfer. Unlock the performance of rsync with the simplicity of Truck.
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Benchmarks

18x faster – uploading a new installation of WordPress.
30x faster – downloading a used instance of WordPress.
12x faster – sending an app to another computer in the office.
No data was pre-existing at the destination, these were all first-time transfers – all gains are thanks to rsync’s compression and de-duplication.
Comparisons were made versus the fastest FTP and SFTP apps for Mac, and native SMB sharing.  

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Features

– Upload and download via rsync by dragging-and-dropping.
– Browse, rename, copy, move and delete remote files very quickly and easily.
– Works over a securely encrypted SSH tunnel (no setup required).
– Includes rsync 3.1.2 (no command-line interaction required).
– Connects to any remote machine.
– Checkboxes to quickly enable rsync’s most powerful features – such as backups/version-controlling, bandwidth-management, retention of partial transfers, etc.
– Push-update the remote system’s version of rsync (includes precompiled binaries to suit a variety of remote machines).
– Advanced GUI controls to selectively tune over 125 other rsync options. Even application-defined defaults can be overridden for a near-command-line level of control.
– Autocompletion and inline documentation provided for each option.
– Specify when the option applies (e.g. when uploading/downloading/both).
– Enable ‘scavenging’: a preference to boost transfers by systematically employing rsync’s –copy-dest option; essentially reusing data from existing files in recently-visited directories. Fuzzy matching means that even files that are non-identical can be used as a basis for boosting.
– Filter rules to include/exclude items based on text matching (or advanced pattern matching).
– Toggle visibility of hidden files.
– Specify ‘initial paths’ – for connecting straight into the given directory.
– Fine tune custom preferences for each direction (upload/download) for each server.
– Save multiple Favourites and work with multiple servers in multiple windows.
– Bonjour browsing to easily connect to servers found nearby.
– Use your SSH RSA private key instead of a password to connect to AWS, Google Cloud, etc.
– An ‘Open Terminal Here’ action to quickly jump into an SSH session in Terminal.app – pre-authenticated and ready in the right directory.
– Detailed operation logging.
– Filter any view of files and use the keyboard to navigate.
Certified for use with:
– Google Cloud.
– Amazon AWS.
– Dreamhost.
– (And works with any other service provider offering standard rsync-over-SSH.)
Other features in the pipe:
– Native rsync protocol support (in addition to the current rsync-over-ssh).
– Scheduled transfers.
– A ‘get info’ panel with full support for ownership and permissions management.
– A history panel with granular operation logging.

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System Requirements

Compatible with:
– Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion and Mountain Lion Server)
– Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks and Mavericks Server)
– Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite and Yosemite Server)
– Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan and El Capitan Server)
– macOS 10.12 (Sierra and Sierra Server)
– macOS 10.13 (High Sierra and High Sierra Server)

The remote machine must have a running SSH service and carry its own copy of rsync.
Macs have this as standard. Therefore, to connect to a remote Mac, simply enable ‘Remote Login’ in its System Preferences.

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Notes

Truck is a general purpose file transfer tool – just like FTP, but faster.  It doesn’t use the legacy FTP protocol, and it only uses rsync as an accelerator to achieve higher speeds. Therefore, if you require a specialist bi-directional ‘sync tool’, please consider alternatives such as Acrosync, RsyncOSX or DropSync 3. Similarly, if you need a classic FTP app, then you might consider Transmit, Yummy or Flow.

Acknowledgements

Truck is a client GUI for rsync – the same algorithm found at the heart of Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, iCloud, SkyDrive, OwnDrive, etc.
It uses the Paramiko SSH library to provide encryption.
It is written in Python and uses the Qt framework thanks to the PyQt bindings.
Where tighter integration with MacOS is required, PyObjC has worked well.
The use of open-source code is hereby gratefully acknowledged.