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  • Developer/Download: Ben Spink
  • Price: $25.00 [10 users]; $50.00 [50 users]; $100.00 [unlimited users]
Yes, OS X features a free built-in FTP server. But it's not the most easily configurable program ever written. You need to get very familiar with the command line if you'd like to do things like set quotas or time limits or restrict users to certain directories. You also have to create real OS X users to allow people to login as a certain user name.

CrushFTP is a Java-based FTP server which is as fast as, or faster than, the built-in FTP server. You configure it all through a GUI, easily specifying things like connection time limits, folder restrictions, bandwidth restrictions, and many other such options. But perhaps its nicest feature is that you can create users within CrushFTP itself that do not need to exist as full OS X users. No more adding multiple users to your machine just because you wish to allow someone to FTP into the box once and a while. Just create their username in CrushFTP and launch the program when you want to let them in.

CrushFTP made it possible for me to offer FTP for a co-developer on a project without needing to learn the very obscure command-line FTP configuration commands, and I could rest easy knowing the user had no way into the machine if CrushFTP wasn't already running.
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Authored by: spinkb on Jun 18, '03 12:09:25PM

Additionally, with any current version you can choose install as service from the file menu and it will run invisibly as a service just like the built in one would. You can still fully configure it by running the normal CrushFTP. It will do an automatic remote administration connection so you can control it and see what all is going on. This is available as of 3.0b33.

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