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Fetch 5.8 offers compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina by Jim Matthews

Fetch 5.8, the 64-bit version of Fetch, is now available for download. The primary feature of this release is compatibility with macOS 10.15 Catalina. Fetch 5.7 users should only upgrade to Fetch 5.8 if they have moved, or will soon move, to Catalina.

A number of features of previous Fetch versions — AppleScript and Automator support, non-English localizations, Kerberos and Bonjour support — are not present in Fetch 5.8. We hope to restore some of these features in future updates.

Fetch 5.8 is a free update if you purchased your Fetch license after January 28, 2009; otherwise an upgrade is $10, and a new license is $29. Fetch 5.8 requires macOS 10.15 Catalina, 10.14 Mojave or 10.13 High Sierra.

Please download Fetch 5.8 from the Fetch Download page, or by choosing Check for Update… from the Fetch menu in Fetch 5.7.7. Fetch is no longer available in the Mac App Store; if you purchased a previous version of Fetch from the App Store and wish to upgrade to Fetch 5.8, please contact support. And please let us know if you run into any problems with the new release.

A special thanks to the beta testers who helped bring this release into being. It could not have happened without their patience and enthusiastic feedback.

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  • Merci de me permettre de me mettre à jour.

    Gaston Déziel December 8, 2019
  • Congratulations! A classic app.

    Michael E. Cohen December 8, 2019
  • Thank you for taking the time to update Fetch to work on Catalina. It seems to work perfectly. It would definitely be worth paying for this update. It’s so generous not charging those who purchased in the last 10 years.

    Gary Cohen December 8, 2019
  • Jim,
    I’ve been using Fetch as long as I can remember. Mid 90’s if memory serves.

    Thanks for a great product. I upgraded immediately (without reading the caveats) and broke my scripted workflows. Had to reinstall a previous version. Mia culpa.

    Looking forward to AppleScript being restored. It’s worthy of a paid upgrade or purchase IMO.

    Keep up the great work.

    Greg Parke December 9, 2019
  • Thank you for the time and effort you invested in creating a 64 bit version of the program. Fetch is one of the very few Internet “institutions” that has stood the test of time.

    Akaash Maharaj December 9, 2019
  • I started using Fetch in university, and have kept using it for 8 or so years now. Even if it’s not as ’shiny’ compared to newer FTP clients, it’s still my preferred one because of how simple and easy it is to use. And the running dog animation always makes my coworkers laugh; Fetch has that added charm and character that bigger FTP clients like Filezilla just… lack.

    Thank you for all the time and effort in putting this out! Have you considered putting a donate link somewhere on the site?

    Julie December 12, 2019
  • Thank you, Jim! It’s interesting to compare the love fest here with the howls of derision that greeted the recent update of Extensis Suitcase Fusion. I qualify for the free upgrade, but can I please sent you a small donation somehow? P.S. Love the little dog, but especially that he’s carrying a floppy disc!

    Eric December 12, 2019
  • Thanks for the very generous 5.8 update. Will happily pay for any upcoming version/upgrade.

    Hoping to see added the ability to change font size in the various windows – things are a bit small on a 27″ iMac display.

    Thanks again


    Jeff S December 13, 2019
  • Brilliant – was using another FTP client until this one was updated to work with the newly released Mac OS.

    Thank you!

    Ben R December 13, 2019
  • We have depended upon Fetch to create and maintain our web presence. Thank you so mufch for this outstanding software!

    Roger Lehet December 14, 2019
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