Transmit (file transfer tool)

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Stable release
5.9.2 / March 23, 2023; 8 months ago (2023-03-23)
Operating systemmacOS
TypeFile transfer tool

Transmit is a file transfer client program for macOS developed by Panic Inc. Transmit is shareware; after a seven-day trial period, the product can only be used for seven-minute sessions until it is purchased. Transmit was originally built as an FTP client and now supports a number of protocols including SFTP and WebDAV and cloud services including Google Drive and Dropbox.[1]

Transmit 4 includes a number of features, many of which take advantage of technologies Apple introduced in OS X 10.4, such as uploading using a Dashboard widget or the dock, support for .Mac and iDisk/WebDAV, FTP/WebDAV/S3 servers as disks in Finder (since v4.0), Spotlight, Droplets, Amazon S3 support and Automator plugins.

The app was called "Transit" at introduction in 1998,[2] but had to be changed due to a conflict with an existing product. Transmit was originally developed for Classic Mac OS, but that version has been discontinued and made freeware.

Transmit for iOS was released in 2014 but removed and retired from the Apple app store in 2018.[3]


On February 16, 2005, Transmit 3 was released. The app was previewed to attendees of Macworld Expo the month prior in January 2005.

On April 27, 2010, Transmit 4 was released. More than five years after the release of version 3.0. The app was almost completely rewritten, had a brand new interface, over 45 new features, and was up to 25 times faster.[4]

On June 10, 2016, Panic began beta testing Transmit 5, touting improved performance and new features.[5] Transmit 5 was released the following year on July 18, 2017.[6]


Transmit is the recipient of a number of awards, including:

  • Apple Design Award, 2005 for "best Mac OS X Tiger technology adoption, for its use of features like Automator, Mac sync, Spotlight, Dashboard and more."[7]
  • MacWorld Expo Best of Show (among 12 winners), 2005[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Transmit 5 for macOS. Now available". Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  2. ^ "Transit 1.0 User Guide" (PDF). Panic. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-23.
  3. ^ "Panic Blog » The Future of Transmit iOS". Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  4. ^ "Transmit 4.0". Panic. April 27, 2010.
  5. ^ "It's almost time to start beta testing Transmit 5". @Panic. June 10, 2016.
  6. ^ "Hello, Transmit 5". Panic. July 17, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  7. ^ "WWDC: Apple Design Award 2005 winners announced". Archived from the original on 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2009-12-25.
  8. ^ MWSF: Best of show awards revealed

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