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Commercial; see text.

Current Version: 3.5.6 (May 12, 2005) / 6.2.10 (July 21, 2010)

Maxum Development produces the Rumpus FTP server, featuring:

  • Customizable Web File Management
  • File Upload Notices Via E-Mail, AppleScript Or Unix Shell Command
  • Full, On-The-Fly Support For MacBinary and BinHex Formats
  • Real-time Activity Graphs
  • 4 Separate Log Files
  • Built-In Log Rolling
  • Activity Reporting, Including User Session Transcripts
  • Automatic Hack Attempt Recognition and Blocking
  • Folder-By-Folder Access Restrictions
  • Web-Based User Administration And User Password Resets
  • Support For "Port Forwarding" Private LAN Bridges
  • Automatically Expiring User Accounts
  • User Account Size And Transfer Rate Restrictions

Version 6.2.10 - the latest version for Mac OS X - adds/changes the following:

  • A logging bug that could cause junk text to be included in the error log has been corrected.
  • In the Web File Manager, files accessed through aliases can now be reliably renamed.
  • The WFM interface has been updated for iPad access to improve scrolling in long file listings.
  • The WFM file/folder rename function now works correctly when the upload/make folder privilege is assigned via Folder Set.
  • WebDAV users logged in through user accounts with a specific configuration of folder set permissions are now blocked from deleting the folder specified in the folder set (reflecting the same behavior applied to Web and FTP users).
  • The Drag & Drop Uploader applet as been updated with a new code signing certificate.

Rumpus comes in two editions: standard and professional. The standard version supports up to 32 simultaneous users and 32 user accounts defined in Rumpus' built-in security. For larger sites and ISPs, Rumpus Pro supports up to 256 simultaneous connections, and user accounts defined in built-in security are limited only by RAM. Besides these differences, the Standard and Pro versions are identical. Pricing for Rumpus standard ranges from $249 (1 server) to $1,494 (10 servers); pricing for Rumpus professional ranges from $395 (1 server) to $2,370 (10 servers). The Rumpus ordering page has more information.

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Also, if you have an older Mac, be sure to check out the "Classic" applications page for more options.

Finally, take a look at ALEMIA if you think you know that name of an application, but aren't quite sure.

Built Into Mac OS X

Mac OS X has a huge amount of TCP/IP-based server software built into it that I don't specifically cover here. Your "Sharing" Preference Pane allows you to enable and disable these services with a click of the mouse. The software running behind the scenes to provide many of these services is generally of the open source variety. The standard release of Mac OS X includes, among many others:

  • Apache httpd (web server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • Postfix (mail server; see Mac OS X Hints for more information).
  • tnftpd (FTP server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • OpenSSH (Secure Shell server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane via "Remote Login" but additionally configurable via selected applications listed on this page).
  • BIND (Domain Name System server; see Mac OS X Hints for more information).
  • Samba (Windows file sharing; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • XFree86 (X Window server; enabled via the "X11" application in your "Utilities" folder, if you elected to install it with Mac OS X).

Of course, Mac OS X Server includes many more, in addition to offering more recent versions of many of the above servers.

Related Links

Graham Orndorff has written a superb collection of articles on setting up email servers and secure email clients on Mac OS X.

Also Consider . . .

These are applications that are newer and of potential interest, but which I haven't yet selected for permanent inclusion. Have a look, and let me know if you think they deserve to be part of the permanent collection!