Fetch: Macintosh Download for Personally Owned Computers

Secure File Transfer Protocol client for Macintosh computers.

Note: This software can be downloaded multiple times and does not limit the number of downloads.

Fetch is a Secure File Transfer (sftp) application. Because the entire session is encrypted, it is less vulnerable to third-party interception than ftp.


Fetch may be downloaded by faculty, staff and students who have paid the Comprehensive fee.

Last updated: 6/15/2020


  1. Double-click the Fetch_5.8.1.zip you downloaded to unzip it
  2. Double-click the Fetch_5.8.1 folder
  3. Copy the Fetch.app file to the /Applications folder to install the program.
  4. Copy the com.fetchsoftworks.Fetch.License.plist file to /Library/Preferences to install the license

Connecting UBfs with sftp to Myfiles-sftp

The directions below are for accessing UBUnix with sftp to myfiles-sftp to upload and download files. If you are connecting to another system, such as the Computer Science and Engineering or the SENS systems, you must enter different hostname and password information that corresponds to that account.

Connecting from Off Campus?

First run FortiClient VPN.

  1. To connect:
    • In the Hostname field, enter yourUBITName@myfiles-sftp.buffalo.edu.
    • Enter your UBITName in the Username field.
    • Select SFTP. Enter your password in the Password field.
    • Click Connect.
  2. You will automatically connect to your home space.
  3. If you want to enter another directory, such as your UBFS space, select Path. Navigate to the correct directory.
  4. To move files from your computer to your account, click Put.
  5. Select the file's location from the drop-down menu, then select the file's name from the window below. Select Put at the bottom of the window.
  6. To move files from your account to your computer, select the file in the main window.
  7. Click Get.

Creating a Shortcut to Myfiles-sftp within Fetch

  1. To create a shortcut so that you do not need to type in the information each time you want to connect:
    • Select Shortcut > New Shortcut.
    • Assign your shortcut a name in the Name field, such as Myfiles-sftp.
    • If your shortcut is to UBUnix, enter yourUBITName@myfiles-sftp.buffalo.edu in the Hostname field.
    • Enter your UBITName in the Username field.
    • Select SFTP.
    • For security reasons it is recommended that you leave the password field blank and enter it each time you connect.
    • Enter the path you want to be in each time you connect using the shortcut, such as your home directory.
  2. Click OK.
  3. To use your shortcut, click on its name.
Still need help?

Contact the UBIT Help Center.