Connection Profiles

Cyberduck 8 and Mountain Duck 4.8 introduce a new Profiles preferences tab that allows to install additional connection profiles on demand. This makes it much easier to connect to various hosting and cloud storage service providers without the need to lookup connection details other than credentials.

Usage

You can either scroll through the list of profiles or use the Search function. To install a connection profile simply enable the corresponding checkbox. The profile will be downloaded and saved in the “Profiles” folder of the application support directory right away. Since Mountain Duck and Cyberduck refer to the same application support directory the connection profiles are shared between both applications. Disabling the checkbox deactivates the connection profile for the currently used application.

Providers

Service providers that define connection profiles and open an issue to request the connection profile to be added to the default repository.

Lock and unlock Cryptomator Vaults

The latest version of Cyberuck and Mountain Duck now allow to manually lock and unlock Cryptomator vaults. This is useful as an alternative to the automated discovery of vaults with configurable in Preferences → Cryptomator → Auto detect and open vault in browser.

Cyberduck

Lock and unlock vault stored in S3 in Cyberduck.

Mountain Duck

Lock and unlock vault in Finder in S3 bucket mounted with Mountain Duck. Refer to our documentation.

Mountain Duck 4

We are thrilled to announce the release of Mountain Duck 4 – the premier choice to mount server and cloud storage as a disk in Finder on macOS and the File Explorer on Windows.

File History with recent changes

Version 4 adds a file history with a detailed view of transfers in progress and history of recently edited files on your computer and on the server. Users can select an item to quickly reveal the changed file in the file explorer.

Labels for Bookmarks

Assigning labels to bookmarks allows grouping bookmarks in folders in the menu further enhancing the unobtrusive user interface.

Features for Teams

Locking files prevents conflicting edits from others while editing a document. Support has been introduced locking files when connecting to a WebDAV server. Additionally, locking for protocols with no native lock support using lock owner files has been implemented to allow alerts for concurrent edits in Microsoft Office.

Also when working with versioned buckets in S3, users can open and revert previous versions of files.

Upgrade

Please upgrade your license before updating. Existing customers get an upgrade discount between 40% to 100% depending on the date of purchase.

File History in Mountain Duck 4

Mountain Duck 4 adds a file history feature which allows you to see which files were recently edited by you or someone else on the server and which files are currently transferred or pending synchronization.

Synchronization Progress

The sync progress area of the file history section shows the files that currently get synchronized and the files that will get synchronized after the current synchronization process. There are different synchronization states that can get displayed within that area: idle, active synchronization process, and prepare for synchronization.

Shown for active synchronization processes are transfer rate, remaining data, and already transferred data. If Mountain Duck synchronizes files in a badge, the file state might differ to the state within the file browser. The sync progress display limit is five entries.

Clicking on a file in the sync progress Mountain Duck reveals it in Finder or File Explorer on Windows.

Recently used Files

The second key section of the file history feature is the Recent Files area in which you can see the last 20 items that Mountain Duck uses for one of the following processes: delete, create, upload, and download. Also, a file may show up with an error state indicating an issue while synchronizing. Further details are available through the Finder or Explorer extension sync options menu item.

Clicking on a file in the Recent Files section Mountain Duck reveals it in Finder or File Explorer on Windows. You can clear out all entries of the list by clicking on the Clear Menu button at the end of the file history menu.

Mountain Duck 3 as an alternative to the Dropbox client application

Mountain Duck 3, combined with any cloud storage, is a viable, more secure solution to synchronize access to documents on multiple computers and users. With Mountain Duck 3 you have the ability to make files and folders accessible for offline usage selectively. This has the advantage that not all data is kept on your local drive for offline usage compared to clients like Dropbox and Google Drive. Additionally, you can apply this principle to all of your bookmarks and not only on the already mentioned cloud storage provider.

Keep files selectively offline

  • Open Mountain Duck and connect to the desired Bookmark (We’ll use Dropbox in our example).
  • Navigate to the file or folder that you want to keep on the disk for offline usage.
  • Right-click on the desired file or folder and choose Sync Options → Keep Offline on Local Disk in the context menu. If you are using macOS you have to activate the Finder Extension in order to reach the described option.
  • Wait until the file is successfully synchronized. The chosen file or folder should show the following badge icon.

Now you can access the file when you aren’t connected to the Internet. All file changes will be synchronised as soon as connectivity to the remote storage is restored.

Connect to multiple accounts

You can mount multiple accounts at the same time if you have different Dropbox accounts. Create a new bookmark for every account and run through the OAuth flow. Make sure to log out of the Dropbox website prior setting up a new bookmark.

See also Access NextCloud from your desktop.

Access NextCloud from your desktop

Update. Cyberduck 7.0.1 and Mountain Duck 3.0.3 now include a connection profile for Nextcloud & ownCloud by default allowing a more straightforward setup. You can now also select files to create a public share link.

You are looking for a way to connect to your NextCloud or OwnCloud server without loosing any hard disk space on your computer? Mountain Duck mounts your server storage as a network drive in which you can transfer and edit files. The following describes the connection process to NextCloud with a Mountain Duck Bookmark step-by-step.

  • Connect to your NextCloud or OwnCloud instance in your web browser and log in.
  • Click on the option Settings in the lower left of the screen and copy the displayed WebDAV address.
  • Start Mountain Duck, click on the icon in the tray area or status bar and choose the option New Bookmark.
  • Paste the previous copied WebDAV address into the server field and press tab. After that, the bookmark should have chosen WebDAV (HTTPS) on its own and should have split the WebDAV address into two parts – the server address and the default path.
  • Type your Username into the corresponding field and press Connect.
  • Enter your password in the login prompt displayed and choose Login.
  • The login and connection process opens automatically a Finder (macOS) or File Explorer (Windows) window with the network drive selected – ready to use.

See also Mountain Duck 3 as an alternative to the Dropbox client application.

Sharing Large Files

You want to grant one or several people temporary access to large files? Email is not an option and providers offering a web interface are costly, limit the file size or tend to be unreliable. Cyberduck or Mountain Duck in combination with cloud storage providers allows you to share files without relying on a third-party website.

Auto Expiring Links

With Cyberduck or Mountain Duck and those cloud storage providers, you can share links with third parties that expire after an hour, days or months. Between the protocols, the expiration time of the shared links may vary. Contrary to other solutions there is no restrictions on bandwidth or the number of downloads.

Supported Providers

In the following section, you will find a short guide on how to share large files with Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Dropbox or OpenStack Swift cloud storage providers.

Step by Step

  • Open Cyberduck or Mountain Duck and connect to your Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Dropbox or OpenStack Swift bookmark.
  • Navigate to or upload the file you want to share
  • Right-click on the file, choose the option Copy URL in the context menu and click on the Pre-Signed URL (within Dropbox it is named Temporary URL) with the wanted expiration time. In Cyberduck the same option is available in Edit → Copy URL→ Signed URL. Share the link with anyone you want to give access to.

Update See also our documentation on sharing options for different storage service providers.