does anyone know any TFTP server for Mac OS X? maybe there is one build-in?


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It's there, you just have to enable it:

Starting the TFTP server on Mac OS X Leopard (sudo needed) (Note this does not work with Mac OS X Lion):

  • To start the TFTP server, in the terminal window, type: /sbin/service tftp start
    • Your TFTP default folder path will be: /private/tftpboot
  • To Stop the TFTP server, type: /sbin/service tftp stop

To test you can tftp to localhost, or you could create a test file. In terminal, type:

  • echo "testing" >/private/tftpboot/testfile
  • printf "verbose\ntrace\nget testfile\n" | tftp localhost

TFP Server GUI:

If you're into GUIs, this TFTP server GUI app might work for you: http://ww2.unime.it/flr/tftpserver/


This solution works on Mac OS X Lion.

There already is one:

sudo launchctl load -F /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/tftp.plist
sudo launchctl start com.apple.tftpd

And, assuming you don't have a typo in either your subject or problem description:

sudo launchctl load -F /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist
sudo launchctl start com.apple.ftpd
  • why is the start com.apple.ftpd command needed?
    – Hawken
    Apr 21, 2012 at 15:51

Along with +andrew-stannard directions the default target folder for the OSX built in TFTP server is: /private/tftpboot/yourfile.bin

Also ensure firewall allows the tftp port (69)

So by naming the file according to the hardware you are recovering specs (I had to recover a group of SNOM IP Phones and neglected 1 letter in the file name which took over an hour to diagnose....grrr) Once I fixed that letter the phones all pulled the file in no time.

  • @Hawken The server is not running by default.
    – wizbang_fl
    Feb 25, 2016 at 8:38

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