ABOUT MOUNTAIN DUCK
Mountain Duck lets you mount any remote FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3 & OpenStack Swift server storage as a local disk in the Finder.app on Mac and the File Explorer on Windows. Open remote files with any application and work like on a local volume. Transfer files using Finder to remote servers, fast. View all files on your remote storage regardless if synced to your computer. Files are synchronized to your local disk when opened to allow offline usage.
Mountain Duck runs in the status bar (Mac) and taskbar (Windows). When opening the application you can choose to automatically open Mountain Duck when logging in. Re-opening the application will open previously mounted volumes.
Mountain Duck 3, is not a standalone application, but an application nested in our systems Finder and the menu-bar providing an overview of connected services and their status. Its present in the Finders bar and shows any connection as a ‘map’ nested in Finder. This makes it as easy as if it was a ‘local’ map on your computer. The integration part is described in ‘Finder Extension‘ section of this review! Interface is responsive and works like a charm.
MENU-BAR & SYNC
The sync option really works well. There is no need to drag or initiate a file transfer when the ‘Smart Synchronisation’ is activated in the preferences. It provides full overview of connections running or not.
Live connections are ‘green’ and yellow when sync is not running. Color ‘Red’ when connection is not available. So a good visible state of any connection/bookmark created.
Version 3 adds a smart synchronization feature to add offline support. Files are synchronized to the local disk when opened to allow offline usage and changes are uploaded in the background as soon as a connection is available. Dropbox like experience with your preferred on-premise enterprise storage or cloud storage. With the additional option to choose which files and folders are available for offline use.
Other files are visible but only stored as placeholders. These do not take up disk space on the computer and are downloaded on demand only.
Changes Mountain Duck version 3
- Feature Local cache of remote storage to work with when offline
- Feature Explicitly select files or folders to be available offline using context menu
- Feature Automatically add files to local cache for offline access when opened
- Feature Immediate save of files in local cache with upload to remote storage in background
- Feature Badge icons on files and folders with sync status
- Feature Pulsating icon in status bar indicates background sync in progress
- Feature Menu item to manually pause and resume background sync
- Feature Option to enable background indexer to allow browsing folders when offline
- Feature Custom disk icons for mounted volumes in Finder (macOS)
- Feature Custom disk icons for mounted volumes in File Explorer (Windows)
- Feature Use toast notifications (Windows)
- Feature Allow password input in bookmark window
- Feature Create download authorization for files to share (Backblaze B2)
- Feature Make a file public and copy URL to share (Google Drive)
- Feature Create temporary link (4 hours) for file to share (Dropbox)
- Feature Create shared link for file (Microsoft OneDrive)
This is the full list of supported connections ranging from FTP to Local Filesystem.
Compared to the competition it does offer more features which are not visible but implemented by the
The Mac’s Finder performs a growing number of functions quite well. What the Finder does not do really well is connect to remote files servers and other computers.
For that, most Mac users have, for decades, used FTP, sFTP, and other file transfer utilities to move files from here to there and back. For FTP I prefer Transmit application to be honest, but for any other connection Mountain Duck integrates really well in our Mac’s.
It’s not so much an application , but a integrated connection interface. Its use and features however beat other applications in usefulness and visible status. One great aspect is supported encryption of your precious files.
One important factor for any FTP utility is its stability. Anyone running websites and uses FTP connections understands the importance of stable connections. Any ‘freezing’ or ‘hiccups’ may
have direct impact on your websites presence. Mountain Duck 3 is definitely stable and running smooth.
HOW TO USE MOUNTAIN DUCK
This section is a copy of the developers website and offers all steps needed for procedures available.
Choose New Bookmark… to add a new bookmark or <Bookmark> → Edit Bookmark to change properties.
Bookmarks are shared between Cyberduck (Version 4.7.3 or later) and Mountain Duck.
Choose <Bookmark> → Connect to mount the server as a volume in the Finder.app or the File Explorer on Windows. You can connect to multiple servers and have several volumes mounted. All operations on the remote files and folders can then be performed like on local files.
Volumes are mounted in a shared group container in your user library folder. You can navigate to the volume from the shortcut listed in the Finder.app sidebar in Favorites. To navigate there from Terminal.app you might want to create a symbolic link in your home folder with ln -s ~/Library/Group\ Containers/G69SCX94XU.duck/Library/Application\ Support/duck/Volumes/ ~/Volumes.
Tip. You can just select the menu item with the bookmark name to connect, too. If you are already connected, selecting the menu item will reveal the volume in Finder.app.
MOUNT AS READ ONLY VOLUME
Select Mount Options: Read Only in the bookmark to mount the volume as read-only and disallow any write operations on the remote disk.
RECONNECT AFTER RESTART COMPUTER
If you choose Enable Login Item and Save Workspace in Preferences → General and do not manually eject the volume prior reboot it will reconnect after login.
Choose <Bookmark> → Connect to unmount a volume. Alternatively eject the volume in Finder.app or File Explorer.
- On macOS, choose with File → Eject for the selected volume or control click to choose Eject.
- On Windows, in File Explorer in “This PC” view or the sidebar on the left of the File Explorer window, open the context menu for your mounted drive and select Disconnect.
Use the native features of the file explorer to move and copy files.
The smart sync feature allows to make files available offline. Preliminary information for upcoming Mountain Duck 3. You can update to the public beta by switching to Beta in the Update tab in Preferences. Read more.
CLIENT SIDE ENCRYPTION
FINDER EXTENSION ←
Requires macOS 10.11 or later.
Enable the Mountain Duck Finder Extension in System Preferences → Extensions → Finder by selecting the checkbox. This will enable
- Context menu items for files selected on a mounted volume with options to Reload the folder listing and copy & open URLs of files.
- Badges on file icons to display sync status when _Smart Synchronization_ is enabled for the bookmark.
Changes from server not immediately visible. The directory listing in Finder.app may become out of date when another applications is adding, removing or modifying files on the server. Choose Reload in Finder from the bookmark menu item or Reload from the Finder Extension menu. On Windows, you can force File Explorer to refresh the directory listing with F5.
COPY & OPEN URLs of Files
Right click to add a bookmark for the selected path.
OPEN IN TERMINAL
Right click on a folder and choose Open in Terminal to open a SSH connection to the server in Terminal for SFTP bookmarks. This feature is not supported in the version available in the Mac App Store.
Having tested several remote storage connectors like Cloudmounter, Expandrive and Transmit, I do mention that for FTP connections running websites I prefer Transmit. As for any other remote connection, Mountain Duck 3 works really well and very stable. In terms of available features Mountain Duck 3 offers the best features possible, and for supported connections Mountain Duck 3, is a true winner. The editing and adding of an external server is easiest in Mountain Duck 3 which bookmark interface is superior to other applications . So check any application and make your choice, Mountain Duck 3 is somewhat cheaper and offers more features and stability than any competitor. The ‘Sync’ feature is fantastic and keeps your data in sync at no cost or effort. We at Macsoftreview.com have this application running on our systems as default. Great stuff, check it out !