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OSX FTP Finder Error: Item could not be moved because folder cannot be modified

By using Finder, you can easily FTP for free. Well, while you can easily download, Finder will not let you upload! This is regardless of the settings on the server. Keep reading to find out how to work around this problem.

Basically, using Finder, you can treat an FTP server as a local directory in Finder. You can then use it to “drag’n’drop” files FROM the server.

However, if you try to use it to drop files TO the server, you will receive an error like this:

The item "file" could not be moved because "server.com" cannot be modified.

To get around this problem, just download and use a real FTP client. I know of two excellent free FTP clients:


Feel free to leave other suggestions in the comments below.

David Kirk
David Kirk
David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.


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