Getting Started with Fugu for Mac OS

What is Fugu?

Fugu is a graphical front end to the sFTP client.  Fugu allows you to transfer your files over the network encrypted.  Fugu was developed by the University of Michigan and Fugu’s home page is

What are the system requirements for Fugu?

Fugu 1.2.1 runs on Mac OS X 10.7 and later.  Fugu is available for download at

How do I install Fugu 1.2.1?

After downloading Fugu, double click on the file to uncompress it. You should now have a fugu12.dmg file. Open the file and Agree to the terms. You should now see a Fugu 1.2.0 window, drag the Fugu icon to your hard drive to install the application.
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Figure 3: Fugu 1.2.0 window

How do I use Fugu?

Double-click on the Fugu icon. 
Figure 4: Fugu icon
In the Connect to box, enter  In the Username box enter your UH Username then click on Connect. In the Port field, type 22.  
Figure 5: Fugu Connection Window
In the next window, enter your password and click Authenticate.
Figure 6: Fugu password window
 After the system authenticates your UH Username and password, you should see a window similar to below.  
Figure 7: Fugu transfer window
The left pane of the window represents the directory structure for your Macintosh.  The right pane represents the directory structure of the remote computer.  In this case, the remote computer is  To download a file, select the file(s) in the right pane and drag them to the left pane.  To upload a file, select the file(s) from the left pane and drag them to the right pane.  You may copy files to folder by dragging the files onto the folder.  To select files not adjacent to each other, hold down the Command key and click on the name of the file.
You may also download and upload folders.  However, downloading of a folder does not work with openSSH’s sftp client.  If you attempt to download a folder, you will receive the following error message:
Figure 8:  Download error message
If you still want to download the folder, click on Download.  The following window will open:
Figure 9: Secure copy window
Verify that all the information is correct then click on Secure Copy.  The system will ask you to verify your password. Enter your password and click on Authenticate.  Once the system authenticates your password, it will download your folder.

How do I configure a default setting?

To configure a default setting, click on the Fugu menu, then select Preferences… The Fugu Preferences window should open.  In the SFTP Server box, enter the hostname you would like to configure as default.  Then enter your username in the Username field.  If you want to connect to a specific directory for the remote and local computer, enter the directory in the appropriate box.  If you do not know the exact path for the local directory, click on the Choose button.  When completed, click the OK button to save your entry.
Figure 10: Default Preference Window

Making and Using Favorites

There are two ways of creating favorites.  The first way is from the main screen (see Figure 3: Fugu Connection Window) where you enter your hostname and username and then click on the Add to Favorites button.  The second way to create a favorite is to click on the Fugu menu, then select Preferences. In the Fugu Preferences window, click on the Favorites tab. 
Figure 11: Favorites window
Then click on the + button to add a new entry.
Figure 12: Adding a favorite
Enter a nickname, the host name, and username for this favorite.  Then click on OK

Note: To remove a favorite, highlight the favorite by clicking on it, then click on the - button.

Connecting to

If you would like to connect to the UH anonymous ftp server (, follow the instructions for connecting to  In the directory box in Figure 3: Fugu Connection Window enter /ftp/pub then click on Connect

How to exit Fugu

To exit Fugu, click on the Fugu menu, then select Quit.  


Fugu does not time out.  This means that Fugu does not automatically disconnect you from the remote computer after a certain amount if inactivity. Please be sure to quit Fugu when you are finished transferring your files.
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Article ID: 1342
Created: Tue, 10 Jan 2012 9:52am
Modified: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 4:14pm