Fetch 5 for Mac

Using Fetch 5 for Mac

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Fetch is a secure file transfer (SFTP) client for Macintosh systems. It is licensed for use by University students, faculty and staff and is available for download from the UDeploy Software Distribution website. If you read the help files included with Fetch 5 you can teach yourself to use Fetch for a variety of file management tasks. This document gives you a quick introduction to transferring files with Fetch 5.

Installing Fetch 5

  1. Download Fetch 5 from the UDeploy Software Distribution website.
    On the Fetch software page, click Fetch FTP 5.7 with code to download the software and to be taken to a page that contains the information you will need to register the software (step 6).
  2. Locate the icon for the compressed version of Fetch on your computer's hard drive or desktop.

    If you see a message box that says: " 'Fetch_5.dmg' may contain an application," click Open.

  3. When the files have uncompressed, you should see a disk image icon for Fetch.

  4. Double-click the disk image.

  5. The folder contains the icon for the Fetch program and some additional files.  Drag the Fetch icon to your Applications folder. 
    (Note:  If you are upgrading from Fetch 4, Fetch 5 will automatically read your Fetch 4 preferences and shortcuts when you first run it, and any saved Fetch documents will work with Fetch 5.  You can continue to keep and use Fetch 4 on our hard drive if you wish.)

  6. The first time you run Fetch, you will need the registration information from the UDeploy Web page that was displayed in step 1.

    1. Double-click the Fetch icon in your Applications folder to run the application.
    2. On the Welcome to Fetch dialog box, click the Enter Serial Number button.

    3. When typing the serial number, use UPPER-CASE LETTERS, numerals, and zeros (UD's serial number does not contain any letter "o" characters).
  7. You can now eject the Fetch disk image from your desktop or hard drive by right-clicking (or hold the control key and click if you have a one-button mouse) on the disk image and selecting Eject from the pop-out menu.

    You can proceed with the Starting Fetch 5 directions below, beginning at step 2, using the New Connection window.

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Starting Fetch 5

  1. Locate the Fetch 5 application in the Applications folder on your hard drive and double-click the Fetch icon.
  2. Type the remote server's address—the University of Delaware's central UNIX server is udel.edu. Fill in your username (your UDelNet ID). From the "Connect using" pull-down list, select SFTP and make sure the box next to "Enable encryption" is checked. Type your password where indicated then click Connect.

    SFTP connection box
  3. Ordinarily you will begin your Fetch session working in the home directory on your account on the remote computer. If you wish to begin your Fetch session by working in another directory on the remote computer, click the small triangle just below the Password: box. Provide the path for that directory in the Initial folder:  box then click Connect.

    connection box with path to another directory

  4. You may also use Fetch to connect to other file servers—including ones that support "Anonymous FTP." Provide the name of the remote host computer, your Username, and Password. If you are connecting to an anonymous FTP server, use "anonymous" as your username and a valid email address as your password. Then click Connect.

    connect to anonymous FTP server

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Transferring files

When you transfer files, you put (upload) the files to the remote host or you get (download) the files from the remote host.

Putting files: uploading files from your Macintosh to the remote host

  1. Click Put.

  2. Highlight the file(s) or folder(s) you wish to upload, then click Put.

  3. Be sure that you select the appropriate file type for the transfer. For example, if you are transferring a JPG file for use on the World Wide Web, select "Raw Data" as the file type. Fetch's Help files contain more information on the various formats.

Getting files: downloading files from a remote host to your Macintosh

Downloading files and folders is a similar operation. You can highlight a file, several files, or a folder from the list of files and folders at the remote host, then click Get.

You can move through the folders (directories) on the remote host by clicking a folder name. For example, here is where you begin browsing when you use Fetch to connect to Apple's anonymous FTP site:

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Consulting Fetch's help files

For more information about Fetch, consult the help files that come with Fetch 5.

  1. Select Fetch Help from the Help pull-down menu.

  2. In the search box, type the term you need help with and press return.  If you're new to Fetch, you might want to take the Quick Start tour.

  3. If you don't know what term to use, click on the Glossary for a comprehensive list of terms used in Fetch.

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