Spaces is an S3-compatible object storage service that lets you store and serve large amounts of data. Each Space is a bucket for you to store and serve files. The free, built-in Spaces CDN minimizes page load times, improves performance, and reduces bandwidth and infrastructure costs.
To use Transmit, you need:
Launch the Transmit application by clicking on its icon in the dock, or double-clicking its icon in your Applications folder. Transmit will open and display a window with your local filesystem on the left, and an FTP connection pane on the right:
At the top of the right-hand pane, Transmit 4 lists the different types of connections it supports, FTP, SFTP, S3, and WebDAV.
Click on S3 to bring up the form for connecting to an S3-compatible server and fill in the following details:
ams3, etc.) followed by
.digitaloceanspaces.com. We will use
nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.comin this tutorial.
Click the blue Connect button to connect to Spaces. Transmit will connect, then display a list of your Spaces (if you left the Initial Path option blank):
If you have not yet created a Space, this will be empty.
To create a new Space with Transmit 4, first make sure you’re in the root directory where all your Spaces are listed. You can do this by clicking the
/ slash all the way on the left of the breadcrumb trail at the top of the right-hand pane:
Once you’ve done that, click on the Action menu in the toolbar (it has a gear-shaped icon), then choose New Bucket…. A bucket is the S3-compatible name for an individual Space.
A dialog will pop up, asking for a bucket name and location.
Choose any name that fits the guidelines mentioned in the dialog. Leave the default Location value. Click Create and your new bucket will be created and added to the list.
digitaloceanspaces.com, Transmit will give you an error. If this happens, try another name.
Double-click on the folder that represents your Space. This will open it and list its contents in the right-hand pane:
To upload a file, first navigate through your local filesystem using the left-hand side of the Transmit window, then click and drag the file from the left-hand pane to the right. It will copy over to your Space and show up in the directory listing on the right-hand side. You can also drag and drop files directly from the macOS Finder.
In the right-hand pane, after navigating to your Space, click once on a file you’d like to view. This will select the file. Then click on the Action menu in the toolbar:
To change the permissions on your file, select Get Info from the Action menu. A window will open with more details about the file, including its size, location, kind, and Read and Write permissions:
Use the dropdown menu next to Read: to change the setting, then click the Apply button at the bottom of the info window:
Transmit will update the permissions on the file.
To learn more about other Transmit features that could help integrate Spaces into your macOS-based workflow, visit Panic’s Transmit Documentation Library.