Fetch (FTP client)

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Developer(s) Fetch Softworks
Stable release 5.7.5 / February 27, 2015; 2 months ago (2015-02-27)
Operating system Mac OS, Mac OS X (Universal)
Type FTP client
License Proprietary
Website http://fetchsoftworks.com/

Fetch is a full-featured GUI-based Mac OS-only FTP client made by Fetch Softworks. In addition to basic FTP functionality, Fetch includes such features as editing files without having to download them and re-upload them. In version 5.0, support for SFTP was added, and in version 5.2, FTPS was added.


Fetch was created in the summer of 1989 by Jim Matthews, an employee of Dartmouth College. At the time, it was intended primarily for internal college use. Fetch was maintained and updated as a Dartmouth software project and was eventually released as shareware, becoming very popular in the Macintosh community. Due to its status as an official product of an educational institution, Fetch was always free for educational users.

The first version of Fetch was a desk accessory. For most of the 1990s it competed with Anarchie as the two main Mac FTP clients.

In late 2000, Jim Matthews was a contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and used his winnings to purchase the Fetch name and source code. Jim Matthews then created Fetch Softworks. [1]

Essay Contest[edit]

In September 2007, Fetch Softworks hosted a Back-to-School Essay contest for students, teacher, or anyone else affiliated with an educational institution. There were 5 winners, four 2nd prize winners and one Grand Prize winner, the 2nd place contestants were awarded a 3rd Generation iPod Nanos and $100. The Grand Prize winner was given an Apple Black Macbook along with $750. The contest asked Fetch users how they incorporated Fetch into their lives.

See Also[edit]

Comparison of FTP client software

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