Interarchy: The Simpler Way to FTP

Just like email, the file transfer protocol (FTP) has been around for a long time, making it indispensable for those dabbling with web servers. Now that the entire World is swearing by the cloud, the significance of FTP has gone up exponentially. Tons of FTP clients – free, open source and premium ones – are available in the market, making it tough to choose which is right for your needs.

For almost two decades now, Interarchy has been a reliable, innovative file transfer application for Mac OS X. Interarchy is both easy to use and incredibly powerful. Every aspect of your file transfer operations – from listing a remote directory to deploying a full blown website – can be performed elegantly. Let’s go take it for a spin.

Overview

Interarchy is a comprehensive file transfer client and can be used to maintain your website, upload photos, perform backups and share files. The app supports almost all protocols known to mankind right from the basics FTP, SFTP, SCP, WebDAV to Amazon S3, Google Storage and Rackspace Cloud Files. You can download a free trial or buy it for $29.99 from their online store.

User Interface

User Interface

User Interface

Interarchy is designed to be simple and intuitive. It looks a whole lot like a web browser with the bookmarks pane open. There is an address bar at the top to add to the effect too! Getting started is real simple – just enter the FTP server credentials and off you go. The default List view isn’t really awe inspiring and is in fact a bit dull looking. But there are three more views for you to pick from.

Multi Column View

Multi Column View

I tried to get a view where I can have the local and remote files side by side, but couldn’t figure it out. That would have made my life a lot easier. Instead,  I settled with the multi-column view, which at least helps me see the folder structure of the web server precisely.

Accessing the Web Server

Interachy was incredibly fast in both connecting and transferring files to the web server. The developers promise that with their turbo charged file transfer engine the app can transfer your files at over 80 MB/second. This might not be a big deal if you are using it from your home or office, but for those working on FTPS (server to server transfer), things should be done in a heartbeat.

The Sidepane

History

History

The Places section of the side pane allows for one click access to the file system in your Mac. However, there is no way to get that side by side view of remote folders from here too. After connecting to your server if you try to access any other option, you won’t be able to access the server view anymore. To avoid this, try using multiple tabs and switch between them. Else use the History section which lists all the connections you have made so far and take it from there.

Adding a Bookmark

Adding a Bookmark

For those who have a bunch of connections in the History section, Bookmarks option and the Bookmarks bar should be a welcome addition. After connecting to the server, use the + sign near the address bar to add it to the list. And if everything else fails, start typing in the address bar and the app will list all previous connections for you.

Advanced Features

Taking advantage of the advanced scripting support, you can integrate your own custom workflows too. Extend Interarchy and execute commands directly on the server via the plugin architecture. You can find a bunch of ready to use plugins from the menu bar, but you can write your own plug-ins, file templates, and file converters too.

Installing the Command Line Tool

Installing the Command Line Tool

Still not convinced that the app is advanced enough to your tastes? Install and try the command line tool from the Preferences screen and that should clear all your doubts!

Final Thoughts

After discovering the FireFTP plugin for Mozilla Firefox, I haven’t bothered to use a desktop app for transferring files. Price wasn’t a problem, but the absence of intuitiveness was. I’m not sure how many of us will be using all the ninja features that are more suited for a network admin. Standard FTP operations, the ability to remember the addresses for quick access and easy access to popular cloud storage services are what I look for in a FTP client.

Keeping those factors as benchmark, I would say Interachy looks like a file transfer client that will fit the bill perfectly. That doesn’t mean it’s a stripped down version that is anaemic in features. On the contrary, it is incredibly powerful and comes with a ton of features, but a simple and intuitive user interface makes it far less intimidating to use.

Interarchy provides everything you need to transfer files across the Internet. To be frank, I have not looked past Transmit all this time, but after trying out Interachy, it won’t be as easy to make decision before opening my wallet for a future upgrade.


Summary

Interarchy is the leading file transfer application for Mac OS X. Interarchy provides everything you need to transfer files across the Internet. Connect to FTP, SFTP, SCP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Google Storage and Rackspace Cloud Files.

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  • http://x111.com Jos

    Interachy? You might want to correct that. ;)

  • Pietz

    i dont wanna pay 30 bucks for “simple”. there are other choices which are just that for free.

    • http://www.3dy.ro/ Eduard

      Which other than Cyberduck?

  • Spiritdave

    Looks nice, but I must admit, I can’t get enough of Transmit at the mo. So I won’t be switching. Transmit was worth every penny.

  • Sascha

    30 bucks for an FTP client? You have got to be kidding me.

    • Scott Reeves

      I’d have gladly paid $60 for Transmit 4, I use it every day. I’ve never used Interarchy, but $30 is totally reasonable for a good FTP client. If FTP is not something you use on a regular basis, look at the free/donation-ware clients available.

  • WPHead

    I think I’ll stick with Fetch, best ftp client (for my needs) I’ve used so far.

  • Harry

    Interarchy 10 is the worst supported and most buggy version ever released. Just look at the comments from actual users on MacUpdate.com and you’ll see what I mean.

    It’s a great shame because it had the potential to be the very best (like it used to be) but it seems the developer has abandoned it, or at least abandoned his customers.

    I’d look elsewhere if I were you…

    • http://nolobe.com/ Matthew Drayton

      What are you having trouble with. Please email us ([email protected]) and we will try to get to the bottom of it.

      • Harry

        Matthew, it’s too late, I’ve moved on. You should have responded to your users back in Aug 2010 when you last released an update to Interarchy. There was a public bug report area on your web site which listed most, if not all, the bugs and one day that just disappeared. We’ve seen nothing from you since and all those problems remain. Don Morris (and others) have listed some of the issues on MacUpdate, in case you’ve forgotten. If you can address those, I’ll consider going back to Interarchy. Thanks anyway. Harry

  • Chris

    I don’t think I ever want to use a dedicated FTP app again after I switched to MacFusion. Using the Finder for file interaction on remote servers is the way to go for me. And it DOES work on Lion with FUSE for OSX (the „new“ MacFUSE).

  • Bailey

    Forklift has that side by side view you’re looking for. Also, batch rename, file decryption, and probably more that I can’t remember right now.

    Thanks for the tip on FireFTP.

  • Chris

    I’ve been liking Flow for a while now, after switching from Transmit. Only $5 and super simple. Also has some nice editing features. (http://fivedetails.com/flow/)

  • http://fuzzy76.net/ Håvard Pedersen

    I would have a hard time recommending any software that haven’t seen a single update in 1,5 year, no matter how great it is.

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