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Supported Product

Fetch Softwork's Fetch is the supported and recommended FTP client for macOS file transfers. Fetch has a graphical interface for FTP that lets you log onto any host running an FTP server to download software. Fetch can be used for authenticated or anonymous FTP, supports Kerberized FTP and SFTP, and comes configured with a list of FTP sites of interest to Mac users.


Fetch 5.8 is on the supported products list for Fiscal 2025. Fetch 5.1 was the first Universal binary version of Fetch. Previous versions of Fetch worked properly in Apple's Rosetta compatibility layer.

macOS compatibility

Fetch 5.8 functions in all supported versions of macOS.


Fetch is licensed free of charge to users affiliated with educational institutions. Fetch is available for download using your PennKey and password.

Related resources

The Fetch Softworks web site includes answers to common questions and a complete description of features.


Configuring Fetch for SFTP


Follow the steps below to configure Fetch to use SFTP on These instructions will also work for ISC-provided VMs by replacing " with the name of the provisioned VM.

If you do not know the name of the provisioned VM, please contact ISC Client Care or if you have any questions about the instructions for posting files to the radix server, please talk with your LSP or contact ISC Client Care


  1. Launch Fetch. The New Connection dialog box appears.
  2. In the Hostname: field, enter an appropriate name for your connection (such as or the name of the provis).
  3. In the Username: field, enter your account name, usually the same as your PennKey username
  4. In the Connect using: dropdown menu, choose SFTP
  5. In the Password: field, enter your password on (Set your local password)
  6. If you are configuring to access a specific directory on, add the directory name after /<sitename> in the Initial Folder: field. Otherwise, enter the complete URL of the directory that you are authorized to access.
  7. Leave the Port: field blank.

After completing the above steps, save the connection as a shortcut to quickly access radix.www by clicking the Shortcuts (heart) icon or by clicking on the Shortcuts menu:

  1. Click the Heart icon located at the top of the New Connection window.
  2. Select Make Shortcut... from the dropdown list.
  3. Enter an appropriate name for the shortcut (such as then click OK.
  4. When the New Connection window redisplays, click Connect.