The French Guy

How to restore telnet and ftp on macOS

Apple decided to remove telnet and ftp from high Sierra onward. It is understandable , because they are not secure. But some of us need it for old systems, or local machines. I was able to go back into an old version of Yosemite and copy those two binaries into my current system. They are available on this page. You will need to copy them into your /usr/local/bin/ folder.

telnet and ftp for high Sierra

MD5 (telnet) = 89720c99bbdb96fdfa7f13fdc4bf0a07

MD5 (ftp) = dea942a96a3758a275b70b3f3915abda

2 Replies to “How to restore telnet and ftp on macOS”

  1. Here High Sierra refuses the files to be copied into /usr/local/bin [or /usr/bin].

    How to proceed?

    1. Use the command “sudo”.
      For example, if you downloaded telnet and ftp from the link above, they should show up in your “Downloads” folder.

      Open a terminal, then enter the command as above

      frank@iMac:~> sudo cp Downloads/usr/local/bin/* /usr/local/bin/

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