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ForkLift 3.5.5 is available


  • Default Folder X Menu toolbar item and Default Folder X Drawer toolbar item


  • It is possible to work with items that have an apostrophe in their names on Google Drive
  • The Git status of an untracked folder is marked with a question mark (?)
  • The Enter on the numeric keyboard is treated as a separate key, it is now possible to use it in keyboard shortcuts. Enter and Return are treated as two different keys


  • Fixes a possible, rarely occurring update issue during remote editing
  • Fixes a crash when the S3 server name contains a colon (:)
  • Fixes a WebDAV issue introduced in v3.5.4 where on some servers, not every item was listed
  • Fixes a multi-rename issue where the Apply to all rule wasn’t treated correctly
  • Fixes a permission issue where it wasn’t possible to write into folders without Read permissions, such as the public Drop Box folder of another user on the same Mac
  • Fixes an issue where it wasn’t possible to change the keyboard shortcuts of the Back and Forward commands when the input source wasn’t English

Download ForkLift 3.5.5

ForkLift 3.5.4 is available


  • Option to disable SMB discovery, which could cause double entries of the same local share in the sidebar. If you want to disable SMB discovery, run the following command in Terminal: defaults write com.binarynights.ForkLift-3 DisableSambaDiscovery true
  • Previews SVG files
  • ForkLift now uses short-lived access tokens when connecting to Dropbox


  • macOS Monterey compatibility improvements
  • Extended timeout period on S3 and Backblaze
  • During Move operations, issues like loss of internet connection or not enough space in the target location can’t lead to the deletion of the source items when the user clicks Skip in the error window to disregard the error message


  • Fixes an issue where a parent folder appeared as its own subfolder on webDAV
  • Fixes a possible memory leak on FTP TLS
  • Fixes an issue where files inside an archive opened in the editor app defined in the Preferences of ForkLift and not in their default apps
  • Fixes a possible crash introduced in version 3.5.3 in Column View, which usually occurred when an item was clicked in the sidebar
  • Fixes the thumbnail loading issue introduced in version 3.5.3 in Icon View: thumbnails were only loaded after scrolling or resizing the thumbnails
  • Fixes an issue where the Quick Select option Select Matches didn’t jump to the match when there was only one match that wasn’t visible in the pane
  • Fixes an issue where permissions weren’t always kept during remote editing
  • Numerous minor fixes and improvements

Download ForkLift 3.5.4

ForkLift 3.5.3 is available


  • ForkLift uses the system log (Console App) to write FTP logs


  • Improved loading and display of previews of items in Icon View
  • Significantly reduced memory usage during transfer size calculations


  • Fixes an issue where ForkLift couldn’t open items on Google Drive with a plus sign in their names
  • Fixes the jumping around of the progress bar on remote connections on Big Sur
  • Fixes the multi-rename issue on remote connections
  • Fixes the Activities toolbar item that couldn’t be opened with Icon & Text enabled in the toolbar on Big Sur
  • Numerous minor fixes and improvements

Download ForkLift 3.5.3

We are postponing the release of ForkLift 4

In one of our latest blog posts, we discussed our plans for the new business model for ForkLift 4. The feedback from our users has been overwhelmingly positive, which has strengthened our decision about the new pricing model. In this last post, we also wrote that we were hoping to release ForkLift 4 in the spring of 2021.

We were planning to make fewer significant changes to ForkLift than in the previous major releases. And we certainly didn’t want to completely rewrite the code as we did in the past major versions. That was one of the reasons why we hoped that we could release ForkLift 4 in the spring. However, we are postponing the release of ForkLift 4 because we have decided to make a major overhaul once again.

First and foremost, we want to add more new features to ForkLift 4 than planned so that we can call it a new major version with a clear conscience.

Also, because of the complexity of ForkLift, we need to keep the code of ForkLift clean and sustainable. That is a standard we have set for ourselves. That is good for the developer and the users as well. A maintained, sustainable code is easier to work with, and it allows new functionality to grow. The maintainability of the code will become even more significant now that we are switching to the new model of continuous development.

We want to create a solid foundation that we can later easily build on. If we want the code to stay relevant, then we have to change bigger parts of it, and it is better to change some of the core functions now, before the release, than a few months later on the live code.

There are some new technologies and implementations (for example, SwiftUI) that we want to use in ForkLift 4, which would allow us to build a more robust and future proof app. These new solutions are reducing the complexity of the code too. There is only one thing that can improve the app besides writing code, and that is deleting some unnecessary code. It feels good and liberating to delete something old and unnecessary entirely or replace it with a much simpler solution. But unfortunately, using these modern implementations has its price too, and this price is the compatibility. ForkLift 4 will likely require a recent macOS version, but we hope that by the time ForkLift 4 comes out, this won’t be such a big issue.

Since we had announced that ForkLift 4 might come out in the spring, a lot of people asked if they should purchase ForkLift 3 now or wait until the new version comes out. Users who need or want to buy ForkLift now should buy it now and shouldn’t postpone the purchase. In the past, we always introduced grace periods for the users who had bought ForkLift in the months before the release of the next major version. We will work out a fair concept this time too, where users won’t need to purchase ForkLift twice within a given period. We will make sure that this will be a fair offer.

If you could add ONE feature to ForkLift 4, what would it be? Let us know in the comments which is the one, most important feature you definitely would like to see in ForkLift 4.

ForkLift 3.5.1 is available

If you use ForkLift 3.5, then you won't be able to update to version 3.5.1 from within ForkLift. Please download and install ForkLift 3.5.1 from here


  • Fixes a connection issue to SFTP with passphrase protected private key introduced in version 3.5
  • Fixes file accessibility issue on webDAV introduced in version 3.5
  • Fixes the missing English language in the application updater (Sparkle)

Download ForkLift 3.5.1

ForkLift 3.5 is available


  • Universal binary compatible with Silicon Macs using the M1 chip
  • Updated ForkLift icon


  • Improved conflict handling in the Multi-rename window (Skip + Apply to all gets registered)
  • Additional tabs of workspaces open using the (saved) default view settings of the list view
  • Memory management improvements, ForkLift should use much less memory than before


  • Fixes a text misalignment issue during the creation of new folders and files in column view on Big Sur
  • Fixes an issue of the placement of tags in column view on Big Sur
  • Fixes the Resize columns to fit issue in column view on Big Sur
  • Enhanced error handling while changing the case of items during multi-renaming
  • Fixes a possible crash when updating the previews of files
  • Fixes a file name display issue after duplicating entire folders on Google Drive
  • Fixes the blinking of the items when deleting items inside an expanded folder in list view
  • Fixes a possible crash when a network share returns an invalid service record (caused by a macOS API bug)
  • Fixes an issue where the changes made to an existing multi-rename favorite were saved only temporarily
  • Fixes a possible crash when ForkLift is opened in full screen mode on Big Sur
  • Fixes a connection issue to S3 compatible providers where the provider doesn’t share the region of the bucket, which resulted in an access denied error
  • Fixes a possible crash while creating a new file on Google Drive through the context menu of ForkLift
  • Spotlight metadata enhancement
  • Fixes a cache issue during remote editing when the user doesn’t have permission to write
  • Fixes the order of activities – it follows the order of the selection
  • Numerous minor fixes and improvements

Download the latest ForkLift version

ForkLift 3.4.4 is available


  • Fixes the copy item progress when the helper tool is needed to transfer items
  • Fixes the size of the icons in the sidebar on Big Sur
  • Fixes the size of the Activities toolbar icon when there are ongoing activities on Big Sur
  • Fixes small GUI issues in the Connect Panel and Get Info window on Big Sur
  • Fixes a text misalignment in the Preferences > Shortcuts window on Big Sur
  • Fixes the Resize columns to fit view option in column view on Big Sur
  • Fixes the size of the Quick Open and Quick Select windows on Big Sur
  • Displays the Permissions section in the Get Info and Inspector windows on Big Sur

Download ForkLift 3.4.4

ForkLift 3.4.3 is available

Starting from this version, ForkLift 3 requires macOS 10.12 or later


  • New Amazon S3 Regions:
    • Africa (Cape Town)
    • Asia Pacific (Hong Kong)
    • Europe (Milan)
    • Middle East (Bahrain)
    • AWS GovCloud (US-East)
    • [Asia Pacific (Osaka-Local)]


  • Significantly improved preview handling in the file views
  • Quick Type handles the Space bar, it doesn’t activate Quick Look
  • Preserves the permissions and metadata when remote editing on Amazon S3


  • Fixes an FTP TLS connection issue
  • Fixes the order of activities
  • Fixes a conflict handling issue in the multi-rename window that could cause data loss
  • Fixes an issue where ForkLift only listed 1000 items on Amazon S3 even when there were more items in a bucket
  • Fixes a remote editing issue on Google Drive
  • Fixes sync issue on Google Drive
  • Numerous Big Sur compatibility fixes
  • Numerous minor fixes and improvements

Download ForkLift 3.4.3