Local Disk Browser (at last!) + Cryptomator

Cyberduck 6 will allow you to open a window to browse your local hard disk. Besides the obvious feature to drag files for download or upload to a remote server from within the application we have finally added a local browser to allow browsing Cryptomator vaults stored on your computer.

Update: We have updated our wiki with documentation to access Cryptomator Vaults on your local disk with Mountain Duck or Cyberduck.


This post is a reminder, that Cyberduck for Windows has been available in Chocolatey – a package manager for Windows – for some time. Chocolatey, some people want to call it apt-get for Windows, allows to install and upgrade software from the command line. Refer to the Cyberduck for Windows package information or just run choco install cyberduck if you are already familiar.

Mountain Duck 1.7

Mountain Duck 1.7 is now available with a focus on fixes for stability and performance improvements by an improved connection management. On Windows, the user interface is completely rewritten based on the Windows Presentation Foundation.

Mountain Duck 2.0 coming this spring will support transparent client-side encryption using Cryptomator interoperable vaults to secure your data on any server or cloud storage mounted.


We are thrilled to announce the availability of transparent, client-side encryption support for Cyberduck to secure your data on any server or cloud storage. The new encryption feature is based on the excellent concepts and work of Cryptomator. Cryptomator also offers apps for iOS and Android to access your encrypted data. All vaults either created by Cyberduck, Cryptomator or their mobile apps are fully interoperable.

Compared to other client-side encryption solutions on the market, ​the Cryptomator security architecture has many crucial advantages:

  • Open source software that can be audited independently for security. You can rest assured there are no backdoors and no hidden vulnerabilities.
  • In addition to file content encryption, file and directory names are encrypted, directory structures are obfuscated.
  • Other than disk encryption utilities, each file is encrypted for its own.
  • No online service subscription or account required. You will always have access to your data without the risk of a dependent service shutting down.

Starting to secure your data is as easy as creating a new Cryptomator Vault by selecting New Encrypted Vault and providing a passphrase. As soon as you try to open a folder containing a vault Cyberduck will prompt for the passphrase to unlock it. Inside a unlocked vault you can work as you are used to with Cyberduck. Uploads and downloads are transparently encrypted and decrypted respectively with no change in your usual workflow required. You can have encrypted vaults and non-encrypted folders reside along on your storage location.

Encrypted folder contents

Encrypted folder contents

Unlock Vault

Unlock Vault

Decrypted Folder Contents

Decrypted Folder Contents


You can find our full documentation in the wiki.

A  beta version is available for testing. You either download it directly for macOS and Windows or you switch to beta updates in your Cyberduck Preferences. Give it a try and let us know what you like and what you think – curious about your feedback! Support in Mountain Duck will follow later this month that will allow you to open Cryptomator Vaults in Finder and Windows Explorer.

Please note that this is beta software. For now, please use the Cryptomator Vault feature only with data you have a backup available.

Tabs Everywhere

If you have installed macOS Sierra, you can now use tabbed windows in Cyberduck 5.2 or later. You might want to enable tabs by default when choosing File → New Browser by selecting in System Preferences the checkbox Dock → Prefer tabs when opening documents: Always. New browser windows and the transfer window will then be displayed in a single window frame with a tab bar. You can merge windows with View → Show Tab Bar and Window → Merge all Windows.


Refer also to Use tabs with apps on your Mac.

S3 Transfer Acceleration

Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration enables fast, easy, and secure transfers of files over long distances between your client and an S3 bucket. Transfer Acceleration takes advantage of Amazon CloudFront’s globally distributed edge locations. As the data arrives at an edge location, data is routed to Amazon S3 over an optimized network path. In general, the farther away you are from an Amazon S3 region, the higher the speed improvement (up to 300% faster) you can expect from using Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration.

Cyberduck 5.2 and Mountain Duck 1.6 now uses the accelerate endpoints for file transfers to S3 when enabled for the bucket. Refer to the wiki for more information.