TFTP Server on MacOS

It’s been a long while since I wrote something here. I feel like this could be useful to others. I was faced with a situation where I needed a TFTP server. A quick search showed me that MacOS has a built in tftp server, but not in a running state by default.

To check to see if the tftp server is running, run the following command

netstat -atp UDP | grep tftp

If it returns 0 results, it’s not running

To start the tftp server

Start TFTP
sudo launchctl load -F /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/tftp.plist


sudo launchctl unload -F /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/tftp.plist

by default files for the tftp server will be in the following directory


be sure to change the permissions of the file

sudo chmod 755 <Filename>
sudo chmod 777 <Filename>

one caveat with using MacOS’s tftpd, on the client-side you would need to specify the absolute path.

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