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Lion FTPD Enable is a an Applescript Cocoa application to enable and disable ftpd on OS X 10.7 Lion and later. Beginning with OS X 10.7, Apple removed the GUI to control the ftpd service as it is seen as a security risk. Apple wasn't thinking about users who own scan-to-FTP-capable network printers and scanners. Many users send documents to their Mac by FTP. ftpd-enable is a menubar icon that has a pulldown menu to enable or disable ftpd. You must provide an admin account and password to actually enable or disable ftpd but no password is required to run the app. If ftpd is running, a green unlocked padlock icon appears. If more...

What's New

Version 1.3:
  • Now supports Gatekeeper and can be run in OS X 10.7 or later under the "App Store and Known Developers" security setting.
  • Reports multiple IP addresses if you have them and rechecks IP address whenever you pick "about."


  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • At least one OS X active account that is NOT listed in /private/etc/ftpusers
  • Properly set-up /private/etc/ftpd.conf
  • Must enter admin password to enable/disable ftpd

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Current Version (1.x)


Downloads 9,129
Version Downloads 2,927
Type Internet / FTP
License Free
Date 18 Jul 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free
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