Connections Manager (PRO Pack mode)

Connections Manager is the central hub for managing your connections to remote servers and services. You can open it by pressing the respective icon on the toolbar, selecting Window → Connections Manager in the menu, or using the Command+F hotkey:

FTP Server

1. Choose the connection method (depending on the capabilities of the server you are connecting to):

  • FTP:Plain, unencrypted FTP.
  • FTP with Impicit SSL:Is also known as FTPS. In implicit mode, security is enabled as soon as the connection starts. This method of negotiating TLS/SSL for FTP is considered deprecated, but is still widely used.
  • FTP with TLS/SSL:Also known as explicit FTP with TLS/SSL, or FTPES, this type of connection starts out as plain FTP, but through special FTP commands is upgraded to TLS/SSL encryption. This is a somewhat newer form of encrypted FTP, and is considered the preferred way to establish secure connections.
  • SFTP:While both are secure file transfer protocols and have similar names, FTP with TLS/SSL (FTPS and FTPES) should not be confused with SFTP, which stands for SSH File Transfer Protocol. SFTP is a completely different protocol, whereas FTP with TLS/SSL uses the same protocol as FTP but wrapped in an encryption layer.

2. Choose the connection name.

3. Specify the server’s address and the port it is listening on.

The default port for plain FTP and FTP with TLS/SSL is 21, for FTP with Implicit SSL – 990, for SFTP – 22.

4. Enter your login and password. If you don’t have an account on the server, check Anonymous login.

Note: If you specify a password, it will be stored in the Keychain and not asked again. If you leave the field blank, and a password is required by the server, it will be prompted on every connect.

6. Choose the connection mode – active or passive. See this answer on Stack Overflow to learn how they are different.

7. Set the remote path. This is the directory on the server that will hold the files you upload. If you leave this field blank, the files will be uploaded to the default directory your FTP account logs into.

8. Click Connect.


To link your Dropbox account, open Connections Manager, select Dropbox and follow the instructions that will open in your browser.

After that you will be able to work with your Dropbox files in two ways:

  • directly from the Dropbox directory on your hard drive (located by default under /Users/<username>/Dropbox);
  • by mounting your account as a drive and accessing your files via the Dropbox API.

The latter approach provides the following benefits:

  • you can link multiple accounts;
  • you don’t need to have installed;
  • if you do have installed and its Selective Sync feature enabled, you can still access the folders that are deselected and not synced to your hard drive.

The last is especially handy if you have a Dropbox account with lots of stuff in it and a small local drive where there isn’t enough space to keep all your files.

However you choose to work with your account, for your convenience Commander One will also integrate Share and other Dropbox options in the context menu:


  1. Context menu integration requires that is installed on your Mac.
  2. Personal (Basic and Pro) as well as Business Dropbox accounts are supported.
  3. If you use the Public folder, in your connection settings (Connections Manager → Dropbox) be sure to set Account type to Personal or Business. This is required for correct generation of public links.

Google Drive

To connect to your Google Drive account, select Google Drive in Connections Manager and follow the instructions in the wizard.

Once your account is linked, you can mount it as a drive and access your files as if they were on a local disk:

Amazon S3

Commander One lets you access and manage files stored on Amazon S3. To connect to your S3 account:

1. Select Amazon S3 in Connections Manager.

2. Choose the connection name:

Note: Enabling an application to use S3 requires it to have access to the AWS credentials, which can be found in the Security Credentials section of the AWS “My Account/Console” menu.

3. Enter your access key ID and secret access key in the respective fields.

4. Specify the bucket name, or use the / (slash) character to indicate the root directory, in which case all your buckets will be listed as folders. The region where the bucket resides is detected automatically.

5. Click Connect.


To connect to your OneDrive account, select OneDrive in Connections Manager and follow the instructions in the wizard.

Once your account is linked, you can mount it as a drive and access your files as if they were on a local disk:


WebDAV is an extension of the HTTP protocol that facilitates collaborative editing and management of files on a remote web server.

Here are the steps to connect to a WebDAV directory from Commander One:

1. Select WebDAV in Connections Manager.

2. Choose the connection name:

3. Paste a WebDAV URL.

4. Enter your account username and password.

5. Click Connect.

As a result, the specified directory will map as a drive and you’ll be able to work with its files as if they were located on your local disk.