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Fugu - A Mac OS X SFTP, SCP and SSH Frontend.

Fugu is a graphical frontend to the commandline Secure File Transfer application (SFTP). SFTP is similar to FTP, but unlike FTP, the entire session is encrypted, meaning no passwords are sent in cleartext form, and is thus much less vulnerable to third-party interception.

Fugu allows you to take advantage of SFTP's security without having to sacrifice the ease of use found in a GUI.

Fugu also includes support for SCP file transfers, and the ability to create secure tunnels via SSH.


  • Drag and drop upload and download of files.
  • External editor support.
  • Image previews.
  • Directory upload (not natively supported in SFTP).
  • Permissions, owner and group modification.
  • Directory histories.
  • Support for international characters, including Chinese and Japanese glyphs.
  • A Console, which may be used like a command line SFTP session.
  • Support for Public Key Authentication.
  • Support for connections to alternate ports.
  • Full Aqua interface.
  • SCP support.
  • Ability to create SSH Tunnels.
  • Keychain support.

Fugu is available under a BSD-style license.


6 Aug 2011 -- An Intel-only release of Fugu compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will be available soon. Until then, a preview release of 1.2.1 is available for download.

10 July 2006 -- German localization by Mirco Schmidt available for download. Drop the localization in Fugu 1.2.0's Resources folder (Fugu.app/Contents/Resources) and relaunch Fugu.

3 July 2006 -- Dutch localization by Alexander Henket available for download. Drop the localization in Fugu 1.2.0's Resources folder (Fugu.app/Contents/Resources) and relaunch Fugu.

15 Mar 2006 -- Fugu bug reporting on SourceForge. Please check on this site for bugs before reporting them. If the bug or feature request you want to add is not already on the site, please add it, with appropriate steps to reproduce, if applicable.

10 Jan 2006 -- Universal binary Fugu 1.2.0 released

2 May 2005 -- Fugu 1.2.0 released

  • Mac OS X 10.2.3 or newer, with BSD subsystem installed (included in the default install). Mac OS X 10.3 or newer recommended. Version 1.2.0 supports Mac OS X 10.4.

Last modified: Thu Jun 26 12:57:30 EDT 2003