Mac High Sierra – Telnet and FTP Missing?

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Why have Apple removed Telnet and FTP, yes they are old, yes they are insecure. For remote management you should be using SSH and for  file transfers you should be using SFTP or FTPS. However what if I want to telnet to a mail server on port 25 and test email flow? What if I need to connect to a Cisco switch that does not have a K9 operating system, and only supports Telnet?

Mac Telnet and FTP Missing

-bash: telnet: command not found
-bash: ftp: command not found

Well I can install Secure CRT, (or use the Excellent Royal TSX.) But, I’m stuck in my ways and want it back where it belongs, i.e. in my Terminal Window!


Download the Executables ‘Here‘.

Extract the files and make sure they are ‘executable’, i.e. they look like this;

Mac High Sierra Telnet and FTP Missing

If not, you can use ‘chmod +x’ to make them executable;

Mac Make File Executable

Copy the files to: /user/local/bin

reinstall telnet and ftp

All working again.

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Author: PeteLong

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  1. Pete,
    excellent post as always 🙂

    Cheers mate!

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  2. Thank you for a simple, succinct solution. Most of the replies on this subject have been either to not use them ever again, or install at least 3 new packages to create the same thing. Now I can go back to my original need without the yak shaving the others propose.

    Thank you, again!

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  3. Very nice solution. Thank you!

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