Open New FileZilla Client / Window on a MAC

If you’re not familiar with Filezilla, it’s an open source tool that allows you to quickly FTP/SFTP into your servers.

Unfortunately, if you have worked on Windows and Mac you know that sometimes you can’t quite do all the same things. One of those things that has been irritating me for quite some time is opening a new instance of FileZilla on a Mac. By instance I mean a new window.

If you have it installed, you realize, that unlike other applications on a Mac if you right click you can’t just say New. That doesn’t work, so you have to do things like copy the FileZilla app, from Applications, and copy / paste renaming it to something else. Then you have to run each separate instance as you require. But what if you want 5 or 10 open? You don’t want 10 copies locally do you? Well, I don’t..

Here is a quick way that one of my guys found recently, it works great too.

Open your terminal and run:

# open -n /Applications/

This will create a new instance / window of your favorite FTP client — FileZilla.

What can I say, it’s about the little things sometimes.


  1. Shelby DeNike on May 29, 2013 at 10:52 am

    While not Free nor OS, have you tried Transmit on your Mac? Its a really great FTP client.

    • Tony Perez on May 29, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Nope, I hadn’t.. I will have to look into it..

      • Shelby DeNike on May 29, 2013 at 10:54 am

        Its fast, has tabbed browsing, Dropbox sync, yadda yadddda and more yadda ;)

  2. Wendie Chadd on December 1, 2014 at 3:07 am

    Sweet Tony – We are so proud of you! Having the honor of watching you along this journey has been a privilege and so inspiring! The years that you have added to your life and the lessons that you have provided by your example is PRICELESS!!! Miss seeing you and your family more regularly!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING my friend!! <3 The Chadd Family!

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