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ForkLift Reviews

27 August 2020

Powerful file manager: FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3, and more.

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Maclover1-1
05 September 2019
Version: 3.3.4

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As a very faithful used of Transmit (which has lately given me problems) , I've completely moved to ForkLift for my server needs. AND I've made the switch form PathFinder as well, I always thought it a bit weird to use an ftp client as a Finder replacement.. but it's great having just "one app to do it all". This terminal command: defaults write -g NSFileViewer -string com.binarynights.ForkLift-3 ("antidote" is: defaults delete -g NSFileViewer) works to turn ForkLift into the default viewer, meaning Finder can be quit (just as I could with PathFinder). I just wish we could have colored icons as an option in the Sidebar and shortcut to focus between panels.
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5
dwp-1
15 September 2020
Version: 3.4.2
I've been using FTP on Mac's for over 20 years and have own and tried many FTP clients. Forklift is the best, bar none in my opinion. It can almost double as the Finder. My favorite features is using Favorites to open to different folders on different volumes and then Syncing them with one click. **LOVE Forklift**
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dezomers
01 September 2020
Version: 3.4.2
Awesome productivity tool
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5
Luc-1
20 July 2020
Version: 3.4
Was using ParthFinder (PF) for years and move to ForkLift (FL) as PF price sheme changed. After months, I can say it was a great move as FL beat PF on many options. Thank you PF.
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macpayne
08 June 2020
Version: 3.3.9
I purchased version 3.0 when trying to find alternative of Transmit 4 that is starting to act weird on my catalina and I'm really impressed with the new Fork Lift improvements. I'm a forklift 2 user but I'm just using it only when I need to rename multiple files lol But now I can see that I will use it often. It replaced about 4+ more apps I usually use, such as for ftp, app uninstaller, folder sync, cloud mounter, quick diff etc. It also will likely will improve some of my workflows
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s-akmeryanoglu
27 May 2020
Version: 3.3.9
Forklift 3.3.9 works great when used locally. But as soon as I work with servers, this program is a disaster. I work in pre-press. The daily work with data archives and therefore also with large archived project folders (image data) are my tasks. Simple things like data search, aliases from the server to local via drag n drop, or even generally opening folders is a pure imposition. Yesterday I tried the latest version of Pathfinder as a comparison. What can I say... Pathfinder performs these tasks with a performance I actually wish for. Too bad, especially Forklift has a very intuitive design and is better in handling. Despite these shortcomings, Forklift has become very dear to my heart over the last few years. All the more I hope that the developer will react very soon concerning the performance. Many thanks in advance.
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5
Mactraveller
06 April 2020
Version: 3.3.8
I originally bought ForkLift as an SFTP client to replace my old Transmit 4 after comparing Transmit 5 and ForkLift 3. Now, I use it all the time as a file browser because it's just so practical and convenient. I also appreciate the support. Good job!
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edgould1948
03 April 2020
Version: 3.3.8
To be fair I bought this app just for the ease of use of drag and drop. There may be an easier way to do what I wanted but do not have a mac person just to call up and ask a quick question.
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Morlo
21 February 2020
Version: 3.3.8
Hi, does Forklift have segmented downloads?
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ghi789
03 January 2020
Version: 3.3.7
This is specifically for Forklift 3 - I used earlier versions of Forklift for years but I really think Forklift 3 kinda sucks in comparison. Sure they added new features, but I really don't find myself using any of them, however where the new version falls down is on basic file copying which seems slower than in previous versions. This is particularly noticeable when moving a file between two machines that are other than your Mac, for example when you connect to two servers via SFTP and move a large file from one to the other. In earlier versions of Forklift it simply copied the file, and as soon as the file started copying you could see the partial file on the destination server if you were in a ssh session. In the new Forklift, for some reason it seems to copy the complete file to the system you are running Forklift on, and only after it has received a full copy does it begin to copy it to the destination machine. If you are watching the progress bar you will see it make two passes rather than one for each file copied, and if you are ssh'ed into the machine you won't even see the destination file appear until Forklift is on its second pass. So it takes as much as twice as long (depending on the speed of the connections) as in the earlier versions! Also I knocked off one additional star for design and usability - first of all they removed the window at the top where you could always see the progress of a file transfer at a glance; now you have to click a button to see it. And also they changed to a fugly icon that's probably great on a phone or tablet but looks very out of place on a desktop system. I thought I'd get over those things in time but I really haven't. Even so I could forgive those things, but when one of the main reasons people use something like Forklift is to copy files, causing it to copy files slower makes no sense at all.
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Aargl
17 November 2019
Version: 3.3.7
A few years ago, I got severely "burnt" after my first trial of Forklift, when it totally deleted my local folder and I had to spend days to recover most of what was lost... By that time it was defaulting from right to left when nearly every other competitor (including Transmit, where I came from) did the other way. Luckily they changed it sometime since then and my new trial is a lot more positive — though I'm still careful. ;-) I'm actually fed up about all the connection issues in Transmit, so my first impression of Forklift is quite a sense of relief: it gives a feeling of fluidity, the servers connect in a blink — actually, it looks like the FTP connection I use is immediately available when I launch Forklift! I still have occasional connection issues but I guess it's more of the server's fault and it's far better than with Transmit, anyway. Only disappointment, though, is that the sync feature won't keep the settings you've last used, so every time, you have to set them up again. One great improvement would be to have user programmable presets of how you sync (left>right or right>left, by date or by size, hidden files on or off, etc.)
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Johnnyr
17 November 2019
Version: 3.3.7
As a long time user of Yummy FTP Pro, which stopped developing due to tragic circumstances of the developer I gave Forklift a try and I love it. The only gripe is that when using the "Open in Forklift" option in the menu, the only thing that happens is that it opens Forklift and nothing more. I would love if it would open Forklift and then automatically connect to the chosen server. But none of my servers opens and connects when using the menu options.
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5
cinam
22 October 2019
Version: 3.3.5
Использую его для работы с дисковыми подключениями NFS, FTP и другие - прекрасно справляется! Адекватные разработчики, которые реагируют на проблемы в работе. И самое приятное, что при обращении к ним получил скидку на покупку. Респект! Советую для повседневного использования.
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Maclover1-1
05 September 2019
Version: 3.3.4
As a very faithful used of Transmit (which has lately given me problems) , I've completely moved to ForkLift for my server needs. AND I've made the switch form PathFinder as well, I always thought it a bit weird to use an ftp client as a Finder replacement.. but it's great having just "one app to do it all". This terminal command: defaults write -g NSFileViewer -string com.binarynights.ForkLift-3 ("antidote" is: defaults delete -g NSFileViewer) works to turn ForkLift into the default viewer, meaning Finder can be quit (just as I could with PathFinder). I just wish we could have colored icons as an option in the Sidebar and shortcut to focus between panels.
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Mlbkxbx
08 June 2019
Version: 3.3.3
I'm very sorry to report that Forklift just made ~100 gigs of data disappear on one of my HDs. I was doing a "move" operation on a disk (source and new destination was on the same disk) with just about no disk space left. It didn't succeed with the error message that "there is no space left to copy" the items ( wasn't even doing a copy operation), and boom just like that the source folders were gone. So just be careful.
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Harry Flashman
03 April 2019
Version: 3.3.3
There is a lot to like about Forklift and it's a capable app, but for the life of me I do not understand why it doesn't allow you to label files and folders on a server with colours, so they are easily identified to avoid deletion by mistake.

When working on a website with a lot of content, including folders for images, fonts, videos and other assets that shouldn't be touched, it is so much more fiddly using Forklift than Yummy. Fixing that would be a big step forward.
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le-3
01 February 2019
Version: 3.3
A really great software, which is not only versatile, but also very practical. I especially want to praise the support. I had a problem editing files on the server. The problem was then quickly fixed with an update. The guys and girls are awesome and I am very happy about this software. I earn my bread mainly with webdesign and it has become one of my most important tools. Thanks Forklift.
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4.5
anonymous-gerbil-5319
15 January 2019
Version: 3.3
Very good SFTP client, fast and reliable. Although I have a Transmit license as well I find myself using ForkLift more and more. I have some servers where Transmit is "Preparing" and "Listing" whereas Forklift connects directly and transfers immediately. I have contacted Bogdan(the developer) twice and have always received a quick and helpfull reply.
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5
Andreas B.
24 December 2018
Version: 3.2.9
Forklift ist eine exzellente Software. Ich verwende sie täglich und bin sehr zufrieden. Der Dateimanager ist extrem mächtig und sehr gut anpassbar (z.B. Tastenkürzel) und dennoch einfach zu bedienen. Forklift ist Dimensionen angenehmer zu verwenden als der Finder. Was aber schätze ich ganz besonders? Die Art und Weise wie Forklift kontinuierlich und sorgfältig weiterentwickelt wird. Ich habe mehrere Male schon den Entwicklern einen konstruktiven und konkreten Vorschlag unterbreitet. Sie gingen jedesmal engagiert und klar darauf ein. Ein solcher Umgang mit Feedback ist ein Freude. Auch dafür mein herzlicher Dank an die Entwickler. Ich kann Forklift in jeder Hinsicht empfehlen. Es gibt nur sehr wenige andere Werkzeug, die ich in dieser umfassende Weise loben kann.
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5
Hydester
26 November 2018
Version: 3.2.9
Was look for a 64bit replacement for dear old Fetch which is 32bit & did a lot of research into 64bit FTP clients. For me, it boiled down to a 2 horse race—ForkLift or Transmit (they like their heavy-duty moving equipment analogies, don't they, what with the truck & forklift logos?!) Would have been happy with both, but in the end plumped for ForkLift & am not disappointed. The features are great, the speed is awesome & I like the dual window. I use it in dark mode (the only program I do) to help me distinguish it from other windows & that works a treat, All-in-all, a first class app—best in class (probably along with Transmit which is $15 more and doesn't give you a trial).
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ahmedhatata-ah
22 November 2018
Version: 3.2.9
The best file manger and cloud service management in the market , this software is simply works and replace your finder with a great features. Dual panel , connecting sftp and ftp protocol , awsome dark mode and the most advanced features are the quick look for apps , patch renamer and quick preview and edit and many more . Also their website will help you replace your finder with forklift view. It's an awesome app for mac that any one must have .
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Acheteur
05 November 2018
Version: 3.2.8
The application is nice. It does not work too badly, but a few hiccups from time to time ... For cons, I sent three emails of questions to support without ever returning: it is not possible nowadays! ... I used ForkLift under Sierra to completely replace the Finder and have a dark mode: now that I'm under Mojave, I only use ForkLift for some FTP transfers ... and that's it! ... More confidence in this software, unfortunately.
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aseeme555076
04 October 2018
Version: 3.2.7
If i have found a bug(or it is an feature?) like drag file to text editor not work after 3.2.7 update, should i leave comment here or via email?
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fukurokujo
01 October 2018
Version: 3.2.6
awful, just awful, especially their ForkLiftMini helper
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5
Lvdoc
15 September 2018
Version: 3.2.6
As others have noted here, I'm also a big PathFinder fan. But PF as of late really is a non-workable product. ForkLift just plain works, and works well. I don't do ftp transfers or anything; it's strictly a Finder replacement for me. I find it to respond a lot faster than Apple's Finder. I kind of like the dark look of Mojave's Apple Finder a bit better than ForkLift's, but that's mostly just a quibble.
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5
AlexisDhooge
08 July 2018
Version: 3.2.2
Best in it's class. Must have FTP client.
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4.5
baxsur
22 March 2018
Version: 3.2.1
The best features of any ftp client.
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4.5
fleur2metaline-1
22 March 2018
Version: 3.2.1
The best file manager i've ever used : the powerful of linux FM and the design of OSX. It just lacks a function to become the ultimate one : the management of the MTP devices.
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Maclover1-1
22 March 2018
Version: 3.2.1
Too bad it cannot import or export bookmarks.
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5
mcousin
21 March 2018
Version: 3.2
Used Path Finder and ForkLift both for a long time. Now that Path Finder looks kind of dead I switched completely to ForkLift and so far it's a match for me. V3.2 improved speed while navigating through directories a lot. It would be nice if it could remember it's window position on my second screen after restart. But despite of that: Full recommendation from me!
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5
anonymous-kiwi-2310
20 March 2018
Version: 3.2
Reliable and fast. I've trusted this app for years and would be lost without it.
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5
VLtom
27 January 2018
Version: 3.1.2
By far the best FTP tool. Clean modern GUI. Has very fast FTP access.
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5
zlazkow
28 December 2017
Version: 3.1
I'm currently playing with it. Reminds me Windows based software from ages ago. But it really smooth and works great. BTW, it is $15 now on developer's website only.
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InspiredLife2
07 December 2017
Version: 3.1
I've been using Transmit for years. I've always found it does the trick, and worked well. I recently started using Yummy FTP Pro, as one of the apps that come to me through my SetApp subscription (well worth getting, by the way; you can check it out here http://bit.ly/2ivItzh).

Yummy FTP has many great things to like about it, but I wasn't entirely keen on the multiple windows approach. Then Forklift became available through SetApp, so I gave that a go.

Forklift is an excellent FTP/SFTP client. I mostly use it for my SFTP connections, which are great when working on servers to which I have SSH access. It also supports WebDAV, Amazon S3, Google Drive, Rackspace Cloudfile, SMB, AFP, NFS, and VNC. I suspect this is really a great choice of tool when it comes to a remote file management for a developer (such as myself).

My only gripe, which is actually a big one in my books, is that it has zero ability to import Favorites / Connections from outside the app. I have close to 100 of them in Transmit. I was able to easily import them all into Yummy FTP Pro with a few clicks of the mouse. But I am left with the tedious task of manually transferring them if I want to migrate to Forklift. That's essentially why I am only using it for my few SFTP connections. I add each one in as I go along. Everything else, I continue to use Transmit or Yummy FTP with to avoid the painful migration. I consider this a major over-sight on the part of BinaryNights.

If you're just starting out with remote FTP/SFTP/Remote file management, then I'd say Forklift should be on the top of your list of apps to try for that. But if you have a large existing list of connections you need access to, I wish you luck. I'd suggest Yummy FTP Pro. It's the same price.

I've not tried Transmit 5.x (I am on 4.x), as I decided it was too expensive. But for $45 new, I don't think it has any advantages over Yummy and Forklift (both currently $30).

I am giving it 3 stars. 2 down from five, as it's not yet a viable solution for a seasoned FTP user wishing to migrate to its camp.
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garochristian
26 October 2017
Version: 3.0.8 Beta
I've been thinking of purchasing Forklift (over Commander One and Path Finder) for quite some time but from what I understand, this version is not entirely compatible with APFS yet? Can someone please confirm if this is in progress or, even better, resolved? Great, thanks!
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gary-22
19 October 2017
Version: 3.0.6
Unfortunately this developer too has gone the route of Internet activation. Nowhere could I find this noted on their website prior to purchase. I now need to buy the MAS version instead, and as such have requested a refund.
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4.5
Funjoy
03 August 2017
Version: 3.0.6
Great app. I use it exxclusively as a file manager, and use Yummy FTP Pro for FTP stuff. I also own Commander One Pro, but I keep coming back to Forklift because it has the *extremely* useful configurable panel. Commander One's got much better themes (and the ability to use any colors you want) which is the ONE IMPROVEMENT I wish Forklift would adopt. Aside from that I just use Forklift as a replacement for the Finder.
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5
hondacbrlover
21 July 2017
Version: 3.0.6
On my search path for a good FTP client, I tried about any available, both free and payed. ForkLift came out of being the most versatile, fastest, customisable, nice looking app available for macOS. I can very highly recommend this. If you are looking for a free alternative, you can stick to Cyberduck. Which comes in seconds place.
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carolusmagnus
20 July 2017
Version: 3.0.6
i just don't get the user interface. managing favourite servers is a pain. it feels like a half *ssed compromise between a file window oriented (e.g. filezille) and a finder folder oriented (e.g. cyberduck) application. forklift will save the password for some of my servers but refuses for others. we had to split after i found out that not even the current version 3 supports symbolic links on ftp side. don't invest 30 $, use one of the free alternatives!
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Drscott
07 July 2017
Version: 3.0.6
Despite what the release notes for version 3.0.6 state, ForkLift does not seem to be totally compatible with High Sierra. I installed ForkLift, then followed the developer's instructions for making ForkLift the default file browser. My system locked up after rebooting. I had to uninstall ForkLift to get my Mac working again. I would recommend holding off before using ForkLift on High Sierra.
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Digitalretouch
02 July 2017
Version: 3.0.6
I WANT to like it. I have version 2.6.. Great concept and promise, but slow execution and sometimes buggy. The mounting of drives is amazing. The GUI is great, but it is the slowest FTP client, so slow that I end up opening the ugly, dreaded (but great) Filezilla next to it to finish commands. It's absolutely slowest in deleting files and folders, doesn't give you great feedback about what it is doing and doesn't do well with being interrupted. And I think the version I bought doesn't include a free update to the next version, which may be amazing. But Forklift as I have it, version 2.6.6, I still end up using something else to finish what I need done if it is AT ALL time sensitive or if I don't want to wait for an unacceptable amount of time when I know with my own eyes, that it shouldn't take that long. Not sure if I'd upgrade to version 3 without a long trial to see if it has fixed the lagging. But I think the upgrade price wasn't even very competitive. It's only $10 off the price of buying THE WHOLE THING ALL OVER AGAIN. IF they figure out how to mount Google Drive and OneDrive, maybe I'd eat my words and buy it again anyhow.
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Maclover1-1
18 June 2017
Version: 3.0.6
Please add color icons option in sidebar, also tried to make FL my main file viewer (defaults write -g NSFileViewer -string com.binarynights.ForkLift-3) but it's not working :/ Path Finder is able to pull that trick and make it very simple by giving this option in their preferences panel, no Terminal trick just a checkbox.. how do they do it? No way you could implement that? Would be great.
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Bernhard-Steindl
24 May 2017
Version: 3.0.5
If you are seeking for a file transfer program for macOS, then Forklift is the best choice you can make, in my opinion. I often have to transmit files over the SFTP or FTP protocol for uni and for private projects. I obtained Forklift 2 over the Mac App Store and I have switched to the current version 3. Forklift 3 is beautifully designed to look great on my MacBook with macOS Sierra. The user interface is clean and easy to handle. The app is fast and also has some great features I really appreciate, like "Open file path in Terminal" or "Show hidden files". I totally recommend Forklift 3!
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5
Ali-Egypt
18 May 2017
Version: 3.0.3
For me the best FTP client.
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Eric-66ead92c
25 April 2017
Version: 3.0.3
Forklift 2 was a great piece of software. I am interested in upgrading to version 3 but one of the best things about Forklift 2 is that your tags highlight the entire file unlike those silly little circles introduced in later versions of OS X. From the screenshots it looks like Forklist 3 is now adopting that same motif. Does Forklift 3 give you the ability to use the classic file tagging mechanism or is that feature now gone?
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5
bdikkat
14 April 2017
Version: 3.0.3
Really a very nice app. I cannot understand the reviewer who said it isn't "interesting at all", apparently just for not being available in the MAS. Dumb "review" that was. The one thing I'd love to see is the ability to edit RTF and RTFD documents in the preview. That would make this superior to other file system syncing apps like Together, since it would have the added connection abilities and with the less problematic Dropbox syncing. But still a very nice app to have.
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RogerKatz
06 April 2017
Version: 3.0
The current version is 3.0.2
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5
WisdomL0RD
26 March 2017
Version: 3.0.2
Best app in its class !
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5
SweetP Productions
14 March 2017
Version: 3.0.2
I tried it for ~5min, then bought it. great app! I've been using CyberDuck for years... but it has just too many quirks that Ive just grown tired of. ForkLift 3 has a great super responsive interface, which works exactly how i need/like it to.
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5
martinpaush
12 March 2017
Version: 3.0.2
Worth every penny! Best file manager for osx. Awesome app!
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5
Septimus
07 March 2017
Version: 3.0.2
Fast and versatile file transfer client with stunning interface.
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