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 Cisco Secure Client.

  1. To connect:
    • In the Hostname field, enter 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, then click Get.

Creating a Shortcut to Myfiles-sftp within Fetch

  1. From the New Connection screen, after you have entered the Hostname, Username and Connect using fields, click the heart icon > Make shortcut...
  2. Enter a name for the shortcut, such as Myfiles-sftp.buffalo.edu, and click OK
    • For security reasons it is recommended that you leave the password field blank and enter it each time you connect
    • If you click the arrow pointing down to reveal more options, you can also define and save your starting path in the Initial folder field,  e.g. starting in your home directory.
    • You can then quickly connect via the Shortcuts menu to the saved site.
Still need help?

Contact the UBIT Help Center.