Connecting to MAMP localhost by FTP

... because other articles I’ve found on the topic are years old and out-of-date ...

On macOS, running local servers via MAMP, and wanting to connect to servers using my FTP client. Yes, I know I can copy files into localhost via Finder, but I have my reasons.

  • Go System Preferences => Sharing.
  • Enable Remote Login.

You will see:

Remote Login: On  
To log in to this computer remotely, type “ssh”.

In your FTP client, create a new SFTP connection with the settings:

User Name: username
Password: your user password for the system

The connection will dump you into the user folder.