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Showing Appreciation to Our Loyal Users – An Important Update

At Binarynights, we greatly value the input and loyalty of our long-standing users. After the release of ForkLift 4 we have received extensive feedback from our dedicated user base expressing their disappointment over the absence of an upgrade path from previous versions of ForkLift. We’ve been deeply pondering how to address this concern and provide a solution that not only compensates those who have already made a purchase but also offers opportunities for those who plan to switch to ForkLift 4 in the future. Our aim is to express our heartfelt appreciation for our existing users.

We recognize that we made a significant mistake by not adequately acknowledging the loyalty of our users. While we tried to structure pricing in a way that would make everyone feel equally valued, we now see that we fell short in recognizing the commitment of our existing user base. To fix this, we have come up with a solution that can equally satisfy users that have already made the transition to ForkLift 4 and those who are thinking about that.

We are offering an additional 100 days of free updates of existing users

We will reward existing users by offering an additional 100 days of free updates. If you purchase a 1 or 2-year license and provide your old license key during the purchase, you will receive 100 extra days of free updates on top of the currently available 100 day bonus, totaling 200 days of additional free updates, equivalent to a 54% discount based on the 1-year license.

Retroactive bonus for users who have already purchased ForkLift 4

For those who have already purchased ForkLift 4, we will introduce a feature within ForkLift where you can enter your old serial number. By doing so, you will also receive an additional 100 days of updates on top of the time included in your license and the initial 100-day bonus, totaling 200 days extra. This way, we will guarantee that there is no discrepancy between users who have already made their purchases early on and those who join later.

We have learned our lesson from this setback, and we sincerely apologize for any frustration this may have caused. Our goal is to rectify this situation and, most importantly, to express our gratitude for your loyalty. We hope that this update will help ease the disappointment that many of you have expressed.

We require some time to put in place the necessary technical infrastructure for these changes. We will keep you updated on the progress.

EDITED TO ADD: Please note that the option to enter the old license key is not available yet. We are currently working on the technical part of making that possible. You will be able to enter the license key on our site when that option becomes available, and the 100 days will be added to your license after that. You can buy a license now, and enter the old key later. We will write a new blog post when that options becomes available, hopefully, very soon.

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Introducing ForkLift 4

Elevating Your File Management Experience

We are thrilled to announce the release of ForkLift 4, the next evolution of your favorite file manager and file transfer app. After years of hard work and dedication, utilizing the latest technology, we’ve completely rewritten ForkLift to bring you a more responsive, visually stunning, and feature-packed experience. Get ready to explore a new world of efficiency, speed, and style with ForkLift 4!

What’s New in ForkLift 4?

Blazing Speed

ForkLift 4 is faster than ever before. We have optimized every aspect of the app to ensure lightning-fast performance. Whether you’re browsing files, transferring data, or managing your storage, you’ll notice a significant improvement in speed. You will experience the biggest change in performance when you’re synchronizing files.

Modern and Elegant Design with Customization Options

We believe that a great user experience begins with a beautiful interface. ForkLift 4 sports a sleek, modern design that not only looks fantastic but also enhances usability. Navigating through your files has never been more visually appealing. But that’s not all—ForkLift 4 also comes with a range of predefined themes, giving you the opportunity to tailor the app’s appearance to your preferences. Plus, creative users can even craft their own custom themes, making ForkLift 4 truly yours in every way.

Enhanced Protocol Compatibility for a Modern File Sharing Landscape

In the dynamic world of file sharing, adaptability is crucial. Recognizing the evolving importance of cloud service providers, we’ve broadened ForkLift 4’s protocol support to make connecting to various devices and networks easier than ever before. Whether you’re working with traditional protocols like FTP and SFTP or embracing the latest trends, ForkLift 4 has you covered.

Our Newly Added Protocols: Dropbox, Google Drive Team Drives, and Microsoft OneDrive

We understand that cloud service providers like Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive have become pivotal in today’s file sharing ecosystem. In response to this changing landscape, we’ve integrated support for these platforms. This ensures that you can seamlessly manage and transfer files not only using the latest cloud services but also with the familiar and popular options you’ve come to rely on.

Bug Fixes and User Wishes Granted

We’ve been listening to your feedback and addressing your concerns. In ForkLift 4, we’ve squashed numerous bugs and implemented user-requested features. Your experience is our priority, and we’re committed to making ForkLift the best file manager for you.

Just a few highly requested features added to ForkLift 4:

  • Option to save view options for specific folders
  • Synchronization of favorites through iCloud
  • Option to color the icons in the sidebar
  • Connecting to Amazon S3 buckets with bucket level only permissions and using two factor authentication
  • Search within content with Spotlight
  • Direct connections to cloud service providers including Google Team Drives
  • Option to use automatic name column width
  • The tools now have the capabilities of a native shell, enabling remote editing as well

Introducing Our New Business Model

With ForkLift 4, we’re introducing lifetime licenses to a wider user base. The ForkLift lifetime licenses come with a defined period of free updates, allowing you to enjoy the latest features, improvements, and security enhancements.

Here’s how it works: After your specified free update period, you can continue using the last version of ForkLift covered by your license indefinitely—it’s yours to keep and use. If you’re eager to stay at the forefront of innovation and take advantage of the freshest updates, simply purchase a new license.

We believe this new business model strikes the perfect balance between providing value to our loyal users and ensuring the sustainability of ForkLift’s development. At the same time, you have the freedom to choose when and how you want to access the latest and greatest ForkLift has to offer.

How to Get ForkLift 4

Visit our Store to explore ForkLift licensing options, including single-user, family, and small business licenses. Each license type offers a choice of 1 or 2 years of free updates.

To celebrate this release, for a limited time only, we are offering an incredible deal: with each new license, enjoy an additional 100 days of free updates.

Read the ForkLift 4 Quick Start Guide to become familiar with essential information about the app.

We have been on a mission to make ForkLift 4 the number one force in file management. It is clean, fast and robust. – Download ForkLift 4 now!

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ForkLift 4 beta 2 is available

We have fixed numerous bugs that were reported to us and added some new features. If you previously reported an issue to us and do not see it on this list, please do not submit a new report. All reported issues have been added to our bug tracker, and we are currently working our way through them. Hopefully, we will address all of them soon. However, if you see an issue that we claimed to have fixed but still encounter it in beta 2, please submit a new report.


  • Added support for ssh identity agents
  • Added support for ssh configuration file
  • Added support for Apple Script
  • Added 2 new themes


  • Fixes a possible crash when opening a new tab while the Connect Panel was open
  • Fixes an issue that prevented the creation of simple key keyboard shortcuts
  • Fixes an issue with placement of the View Options pop-over
  • Fixes an issue where ForkLift asked to download Xcode even when SCM Status wasn’t enabled
  • Fixes an issue where in some cases a blank pop-up was displayed after connecting to SFTP
  • Fixes an issue where previewing large text files could cause hangs
  • Fixes an issue where the selection in the sidebar of the Settings window could get lost for users not using ForkLift in English
  • Fixes an issue where the word “copy” got added at the end of the file names when a new item was created or when items got compressed
  • Fixes an issue with the “Reveal in ForkLift” quick action service
  • Fixes an issue with the missing Service menu and context menu items
  • Fixes an issue where Arrow keys couldn’t be used in keyboard shortcuts
  • Fixes an issue with missing options in the Group by setting in the View Options
  • Fixes an issue where the Info Window couldn’t be closed with Command-W
  • Fixes an issue that prevented double-clicking in Column View

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ForkLift 4 beta is finally here

As you probably know, ForkLift 4 has been in the making for an extended period of time, longer than we anticipated or desired. But finally, the wait is over and we are ready to release the first beta version of ForkLift 4. We hope that you will like the new version. We would greatly appreciate it if you could help us by using the beta version and providing us with feedback.

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ForkLift 3.5.8 is available


  • More date presets in the “Add Date” multi-rename module in the Multi-Rename Window


  • Fixes the typo in the word Occurrences in the Multi-Rename window
  • Fixes an issue that made it impossible to transfer files from the location /System
  • Fixes an issue in the Multi-Rename window that caused the addition of a “d” character to the extension when changes were applied to “Name with dot”
  • Fixes an issue which caused ForkLift to ignore the port number of SMB connections set on the Connect Panel
  • Fixes an issue that allowed a certain kind of navigation in the file view while renaming an item, which caused several problems such as overlapping file names, the inability to rename another file, or the display of the previously selected item in a different location
  • Fixes an issue that allowed users to insert a line into the file name with the Alt-Return keyboard shortcut in rename mode
  • Fixes an issue where after a long upload ForkLift incorrectly displayed an error message that the upload wasn’t successful because the connection was closed
  • Fixes an issue that caused some shares appear twice in the sidebar
  • Fixes an issue that made it impossible to remove icons from the Toolbar, introduced in version 3.5.7
  • Fixes an issue that allowed to expand folders in the Search results with the Right Arrow key
  • Fixes an issue where ForkLift didn’t display an error message when some parts of an archive couldn’t be extracted and the unextractable files were missing from the extracted folder seemingly without a reason
  • Numerous minor fixes and improvements

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ForkLift 3.5.7 is available


  • Renaming items on Backblaze B2
  • Moving items on Backblaze B2
  • Displays an error message when a file can’t be updated in the Preview Pane because of missing permissions
  • Added system sound for Empty Trash


  • Updated system sounds


  • Fixes an issue of the sorting order of the selected items in Icon View that caused problems for example during Multi-Renaming
  • The correct folder size is being displayed after a new folder has been created using the name of a recently deleted folder
  • Pressing the Tab key during renaming doesn’t insert a tab character into the name of the item
  • Selection in the Activities window doesn’t get lost when the item list updates
  • Fixes an issue that could cause a possible data loss when moving items over SFTP into a target location with not enough space
  • Fixes an issue where permissions were lost on Amazon S3 after renaming an item
  • Fixes an issue that caused the missing progress indicator during Search in Icon and Column View
  • Fixes an issue where local shares could appear twice in the sidebar
  • Fixes a possible data loss during remote editing
  • Fixes an issue that caused a possible crash when saving a file while remote editing on Amazon S3
  • Fixes a compatibility issue that could cause operations failing on certain WebDAV servers
  • Numerous minor fixes and improvements

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Lower prices and a new business model

We have lowered the price of ForkLift and have moved to a new pricing model.

Buying a license to ForkLift allows you to use ForkLift for as long as you want and to install all minor and major updates for one year. If you wish to install a new version of ForkLift after that, you will need to renew your license. After the renewal, you will have access to free updates for one more year again.

If you buy ForkLift 3 now, you will be able to install all the updates to ForkLift 3 for one year and even to ForkLift 4, should ForkLift 4 come out within 12 months after the purchase. And even if you don’t want to renew your license, you will be able to keep using ForkLift for an unlimited time.

This change in the business model doesn’t affect license owners who have bought ForkLift 3 before the change, they can continue using ForkLift 3 and install all future updates to ForkLift 3 for an unlimited time. However, for these existing users, ForkLift 4 will be a paid upgrade.

From now on, our prices are the following:

Single-user license $19.95
Family license $29.95
Small business license $69.95

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

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ForkLift 3 Christmas Sale – 66% OFF [The sale has ended]

The Holiday Season is just around the corner. This year, leave the heavy lifting to the professionals. Get your presents delivered to your doorstep and get your files transferred quickly and smoothly with ForkLift!

All licenses are ~66% off for a limited time only. [Edit: The sale has already ended]

Single-user License – $29.95 $9.95
Family License – $49.95 $19.95
Small Business License – $99.95 $29.95

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