Transmit (file transfer tool)

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Stable release
5.2.4 / March 4, 2019; 9 months ago (2019-03-04)
Operating systemmacOS
TypeFile transfer tool

Transmit is a file transfer client program for macOS. Developed by Panic, Transmit is shareware. After a seven-day trial period, the product can only be used for seven-minute sessions until it has been purchased. Originally built as an FTP client, it now supports a number of protocols ranging from the more traditional ones like SFTP and WebDAV to cloud services like 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,[1] 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.


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.[2]

On June 10, 2016, Panic began beta testing Transmit 5, touting improved performance and new features.[3] Transmit 5 was released the following year on July 18, 2017.[4]


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."[5]
  • MacWorld Expo Best of Show (among 12 winners), 2005[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Transmit 5 for macOS. Now available". Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  2. ^ "Transmit 4.0". Panic. April 27, 2010.
  3. ^ "It's almost time to start beta testing Transmit 5". @Panic. June 10, 2016.
  4. ^ "Hello, Transmit 5". Panic. July 17, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  5. ^ WWDC: Apple Design Award 2005 winners announced
  6. ^ MWSF: Best of show awards revealed

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