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Introduction: OpenMTP - Advanced Android File Transfer Application for macOS
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Advanced Android File Transfer Application for macOS.

Transferring files between macOS and Android or any other MTP devices has always been a nightmare. There are a few File Transfer MTP apps which are available online but most of them are either too expensive or come with bad UI/UX. The official "Android File Transfer" app for macOS from Google comes with bugs, innumerable limitations, some of which include - not being able to transfer files larger than 4GB, frequent disconnections, unable to rename the folders or files on the android/MTP devices. Most of the other apps available online uses either WiFi or ADB protocol to transfer the files, which is an extremely time-consuming process.

Countless searches to find an app to solve these problems and failing to find one made me restless. So, I took the leap and decided to create an app for us that could help us have a smooth and hassle-free file transfer process from macOS to Android/MTP devices. Created with the objective of giving back to the community, we can all use this app for free in this lifetime.


  • Safe, Transparent and Open-Source
  • Plug and Play via USB. No hassles, easy and instant connection.
  • Select between Internal Memory and SD Card
  • Transfer multiple files which are larger than 4GB
  • Drag-and-drop support
  • Split pane views for both Local Computer and Android device
  • Choose between Grid and List view.
  • Use Keyboard Shortcuts to navigate through your files.
  • No collection of personally identifiable information.



OpenMTP File Explorer

OpenMTP File Transfer

Keyboard Shortcuts

Command Keyboard Shortcut
Delete backspace
New Folder command (⌘)+n
Copy command (⌘)+c
Copy to Queue command (⌘)+shift+c
Paste command (⌘)+v
Refresh command (⌘) +r
Folder Up command (⌘)+b
Select All command (⌘)+a
Rename command (⌘)+d
Switch Tab command(⌘)+1
Open enter
Navigate Left left
Navigate Right right
Navigate Up up
Navigate Down down
Select Multiple Items Forward (in Grid View) shift+left
Select Multiple Items Backward (in Grid View) shift+right
Select Multiple Items Forward (in List View) shift+up
Select Multiple Items Backward (in List View) shift+down
Select Multiple Items (with mouse) command (⌘)+click or shift+click

Building from Source

Requirements: Node.js v10, Git and Yarn package manager


$ git clone --depth 1 --single-branch --branch master

$ cd openmtp
$ yarn


A fresh clone might throw undefined state error. Run the following commands once to fix the issue.

# For Mac and Linux
$ UPGRADE_EXTENSIONS=1 npm run dev

# For Windows
$ set UPGRADE_EXTENSIONS=1 && npm run dev
# Development
$ yarn dev

# Pre-production
$ yarn start


Setup the code signing to build, package and publish the app.

App Notarization for macOS (skip this section for non macOS builds)

  • Rename sample.env file as .env
  • Update APPLEID in .env file
  • Log into your Apple Account
  • Goto Security > App-Specific Passwords
  • Click on Generate Password..., enter a password label and click Create
  • Copy the displayed app-specific-password
  • Run

    security add-generic-password -a "<apple-developer-account-username>" -w <app-specific-password*> -s "ELECTRON_NOTORIZE_PASSWORD"
  • Log into your Apple App Store Connect Account and accept the presented terms and conditions

  • The statuses shall turn Active

Packaging Instructions:

$ export GH_TOKEN="<github token>"
# For local platform
$ yarn package

# For multiple platforms
$ yarn package-all

Technical Features

  • Built using Electron v6, React v16.8, Redux v4, Webpack v4, Babel v7 and Material UI v4.2 and highly modular
  • Loadables, dynamic reducer injection, selectors for efficient code. splitting and performance/startup optimisation
  • Hot module reload (HMR) for instant feedback
  • Inbuilt error logging and profile/settings management
  • Industry standard state management
  • JSS, SASS/SCSS styling
  • Port assigned: 4642


  • config/env/ and config/env/ contain the PORT number of the app.
  • config/dev-app-update.yml file holds the GitHub repo variables required by electron-updater.
  • config/google-analytics-key.js file contains the Google Analytics Tracking ID.
  • package.json build.publish object holds the values for publishing the packaged application.
  • app/constants folder contains all the constants required by the app.


Debugging Guide

Dispatching redux actions from the main process

VM112:2 Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'state' of undefined error

# For Mac and Linux
$ UPGRADE_EXTENSIONS=1 npm run dev

# For Windows
$ set UPGRADE_EXTENSIONS=1 && npm run dev


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If you are interested in fixing issues and contributing directly to the code base, please see the guidelines.

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OpenMTP | Android File Transfer for macOS is released under MIT License.

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