ForkLift 3.4 – Security update

We have learned that ForkLift 3 has a local security vulnerability in its helper tool which affects all previous versions. We kindly ask all users of ForkLift 3 to upgrade to version 3.4 and update the helper tool too if needed.

ForkLift version 3.4 fixes the vulnerability issue in the helper tool but updating to ForkLift version 3.4 doesn’t update the helper tool itself. After updating to version 3.4, ForkLift will ask you to update the helper tool if you had already installed it before. To allow ForkLift to install the new helper tool, enter the password of an administrator of your computer. We highly recommend updating the helper tool if you are prompted to do so.

If you don’t update the helper tool when ForkLift asks you to do it, ForkLift will keep reminding you to update the tool every time you start it. If you accidentally cancel the update, then just restart ForkLift and it will prompt you again to update the helper tool. Please don’t postpone the update of the helper tool if you are asked to update it.

If you are not prompted to update the helper tool after you have updated to ForkLift version 3.4 or later, then it means that you hadn’t installed the old version in the past and don’t need to update it. Should you allow ForkLift to install the helper tool in the future when you want to execute an action which needs elevated user privileges, ForkLift will install the new, updated helper tool.

How to update ForkLift?

If you have enabled the Check for updates automatically option in the Preferences of ForkLift, then ForkLift will automatically notify you about the latest update which you can easily install.

If you don’t want to wait until ForkLift sees the new update or you haven’t enabled automatic updates, then go to ForkLift > Check for Updates in the menu of ForkLift and install the latest version that way.

The ForkLift app can only be updated if it is running from the Applications folder. If you can’t update ForkLift because it is not in the Application folder, then quit ForkLift and move it into the Applications folder before trying to update it again.

If you can’t update ForkLift with the methods listed above, then quit it and move it into the Trash and download the latest version from our site by clicking on the Try for Free button on the top of the page. Make sure to move the app into the Applications folder before opening it.

Don’t forget to update the helper tool if you are prompted to do so.

What to do if ForkLift doesn’t start after updating to version 3.4?

In some cases, the old helper tool installed on your Mac can prevent ForkLift 3.4 from opening. If ForkLift 3.4 hangs after you have tried to open it, do the following:

  1. (Force) quit Forklift and make sure that no older version of ForkLift is open
  2. Open the Terminal app and paste these 3 commands into it. Press Enter after pasting each line. After the first command, Terminal will ask you for an administrative password, enter this password and press Enter:
  3. sudo launchctl unload /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.binarynights.ForkLiftHelper.plist;
    sudo rm /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.binarynights.ForkLiftHelper.plist;
    sudo rm /Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/com.binarynights.ForkLiftHelper;

  4. Open ForkLift 3.4

What to do if you have deleted ForkLift from your Mac?

If you had been using ForkLift in the past and had installed the helper tool while using it but have deleted ForkLift since then, then the helper tool might still be on your Mac. We recommend deleting the helper tool to eliminate the vulnerability in this case too.

To delete the helper tool from your Mac, open the Terminal app, and run these 3 commands:

sudo launchctl unload /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.binarynights.ForkLiftHelper.plist;
sudo rm /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.binarynights.ForkLiftHelper.plist;
sudo rm /Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/com.binarynights.ForkLiftHelper;

You can run these commands even if you are not sure if you had installed the helper tool in the past.

It is important to mention that after deleting the old helper tool, ForkLift versions older than 3.4 will install and run the old helper tool again if you install the helper tool while using these older versions of ForkLift. To avoid possible vulnerabilities, install ForkLift version 3.4 or later if you wish to use ForkLift again.

Why does ForkLift ask me to install the helper tool in the first place?

By default, applications run as the currently logged in user. Even if you are an administrator, some tasks require additional, elevated privileges. This means that to protect your system, ForkLift doesn’t have the rights to execute some tasks such as creating an item into the root on older OS versions or creating an item into the Users directory without permission of an administrator. Apple requires to only grant these elevated privileges to an application when and as long as these elevated privileges are needed. To make this possible, developers are required to create helper tools which manage these elevated privileges. The first time you want to execute an action which needs elevated privileges, ForkLift asks you to install the helper tool and later on, the helper tool asks for an administrative password every time you want to execute actions which require elevated privileges.

Download ForkLift 3.4

ForkLift 3.3.9 is available

New

  • Adds text size up to 32 px

Improvements

  • Enhanced, more responsive thumbnail preview in Icon View
  • Holding down the Option Key while clicking the Delete Button in the Toolbar permanently deletes the selected items
  • Enhanced Sync Browsing. You can turn on Sync Browsing even in a subfolder and the two panes will remain in sync in the given path as long as the two directory structures are the same
  • Improved the FTP compatibility with some FTP servers

Fixes

  • Fixes a possible freeze when removing a lot of files from Quick Selection
  • Fixes the misalignment of the Activities button in the toolbar
  • Fixes a deletion issue of search results of items with the same names inside nested folders
  • Fixes a possible crash on SFTP caused by invalid dates
  • Fixes minor mistakes in the localizations
  • Numerous minor fixes and improvements

Download ForkLift 3.3.9

ForkLift 3.3.8 is available

New

  • Adds a warning when Delete orphaned items gets checked on the Sync Panel

Fixes

  • Fixes an issue of restoring default view settings in Column View
  • Fixes an issue of column sizes in new tabs in Column View
  • Fixes some issues with the Undo command
  • Fixes an issue with undoing the Move command after a new location was opened
  • Fixes an issue with redoing Rename
  • Fixes an issue with redoing Move to Trash
  • On Catalina displays the factory installed apps including Utilities in the /Application folder
  • Fixes numerous minor Catalina compatibility issues
  • Fixes an issue with the Open in Forklift command in ForkLift Mini
  • Fixes minor mistakes in the localizations
  • Numerous minor fixes and improvements

Download ForkLift 3.3.8

ForkLift 3.3.5 is available

New

  • Added notarization of ForkLift
  • Kind and network path are displayed in Get Info
  • Windows Cyrillic text encoding
  • Full Disk Access setup window on macOS 10.14 or later

Improvements

  • The Preferences window can be closed with the Esc button

Fixes

  • Fixes some localization issues in the Italian version
  • Fixes a Control-click issue which could lead to unintentional deletion of items
  • Go > Open Other Pane menu item is now called Open in Other Pane
  • Fixes an issue where Aliases could be synced to remote servers. Aliases can be synced locally and can be filtered
  • Fixes an issue where ForkLift incorrectly showed a notification about successful remote editing of the content of Archives (Archives can’t be edited remotely)
  • Fixes a possible crash which occurred after renaming a file and using the Command-Z keyboard shortcut twice
  • Fixes an issue where ForkLift displayed the same apps multiple times in the Open with context menu
  • Fixes an issue where ForkLift showed an incorrect error message after long file transfers on FTP servers, even when the transfers were successful
  • Fixes an issue where Activities displayed negative numbers of items during deletion
  • Fixes a possible data loss: When multiple items with the same name are moved from the search results to the same location, only one item gets moved, the other items stay in their original locations
  • Fixes some alternating menu item issues

Download ForkLift 3.3.5

ForkLift 3.3.4 is available

New

Improvements

  • Improved workspace handling – When a workspace is opened, the old tabs get closed and the tabs of the saved workspace open in the ForkLift window
  • Drag and Drop to Symlink and Alias

Fixes

  • Fixes missing localization of column headers in some languages
  • Fixes some localization issues
  • Fixes possible upload errors which occurred when high number of files were being uploaded simultaneously to Google Drive
  • Fixes some display issues of truncated texts in some languages
  • ForkLift doesn’t display the same app multiple times in the Open with context menu if it is present multiple times in the OS
  • Fixes an issue during Sync which caused the recalculation of the remaining time, size and speed for every folder being synced
  • Fixes an issue in the Multi-rename window where replacing text was not possible if the Occurrences field was set to All
  • Fixes an issue where hidden files were not visible on certain FTP servers
  • Some performance improvements and numerous minor fixes and improvements

Download ForkLift 3.3.4

ForkLift 3 Spring Sale – 50% OFF [Update: It’s over]

To celebrate the arrival of spring, we have kicked off a huge spring sale. Now is the time to score the best deal on ForkLift if you’ve always wanted to take advantage of the dual pane layout and the incredible speed of ForkLift 3 to manage your files.
All licenses are 50% off for a limited time.

Download ForkLift 3.3.3Buy ForkLift 3 Now

In case you haven’t made up your mind about ForkLift yet, here are some quotes from the latest articles about ForkLift:

With dual file management panes, numerous file transfer protocol support, impressive transfer speeds due to the program leveraging multiple connections to accelerate operations, and even its own application removal console for removing programs, ForkLift 3 is a capable utility full of features that more than pulls its weight.TechRepublic

We stick to our opinion: ForkLift is the best macOS Finder replacement you can find today. It packs so many features to compensate the shortcomings of Finder. We found it really easy to navigate, access and manage files using ForkLift 3. As we said, the UI is pretty simple and you may not like if you are looking for something so grand.

Compared to Finder, it’s stable, faster and more flexible. While both have the similar basic structure, there are differences when it comes to advanced features. We really loved how easy it is to manage files from two or more locations. It’s also great to easily set up and use remote connections. On a pro note, you can actually get rid of dedicated Google Drive app if you have ForkLift. You just have to enable Sync feature.

We’d recommend ForkLift as the ultimate Finder replacement regardless of who you are — a professional, a student or someone just wandering around macOS.The Sweet Bits

ForkLift was the clear winner of the entire speed test. ForkLift reached the first place in 80% of the tested scenarios. It also had the best combined execution times using each and every tested protocol. ForkLift completed all 20 tasks together almost twice as fast as the second fastest tool and more than four times as fast as the slowest tool.Binarynights Speed Test

Download ForkLift 3.3.3Buy ForkLift 3 Now

ForkLift 3.3.3 is available

Fixes

  • Fixes a Multi-Rename issue with regular expressions which was introduced in version 3.3.2
  • Fixes a Multi-Rename issue with replacing entire text which was introduced in version 3.3.2
  • Fixes a visibility issue of the sidebar which was introduced in version 3.3.2
  • Fixes an issue which modified the modification date incorrectly when uploading to SMB servers
  • Fixes an issue which modified the creation date incorrectly when downloading from SMB servers
  • Fixes an extensive memory usage issue when uploading large files to Backblaze B2
  • Numerous minor fixes and improvements

Download ForkLift 3.3.3

ForkLift 3.3.2 is available

New

  • Chinese localization
  • Czech localization

Improvements

  • ForkLift displays the same available free disk space as Finder
  • More visible folder size lines in Dark Mode
  • Improved selection label text color in Dark Mode
  • A pinned tab can’t be closed if Pin View is enabled for that tab
  • Permissions popover has become wider in the Connect Panel to show more info
  • Keyboard focus returns to the pane which was selected previously after pressing Esc in the empty Search field

Fixes

  • Fixes an SFTP authentication problem which was introduced in version 3.3.1
  • In Column View with Commander Key Bindings Backspace goes to the enclosing folder
  • Move Here command on a folder moves the selected file inside the selected folder
  • Paste command from the context menu on a folder pastes the selected file inside the folder
  • Pressing the Delete button in the Feedback popover doesn’t delete the selected file in the active pane
  • In Dark Mode Icon View folder selection doesn’t stay white after changing Appearance while ForkLift is running
  • The Pathbar and the Plus Sign in the Tab Bar doesn’t change color incorrectly after changing Appearance while ForkLift is running
  • The graphics of the Connect Window doesn’t fall apart after changing Appearance while ForkLift is running
  • The Inspector Window has become black in Dark Mode
  • Fixes a visibility issue while renaming a Sidebar Item on Mojave in Light Mode
  • Fixes a connection issue to NFS shares
  • Fixes an issue with the missing localizations of column header labels in all languages
  • Fixes a possible data loss when creating a New Folder with Selection in expanded file view containing files with the same names from different folders
  • Fixes a possible crash in Icon View when Grouping is enabled and the window is resized to the narrowest size before double-clicking on a folder
  • Fixes some Tooltips displaying wrong texts
  • Fixes some minor localization issues
  • Fixes some spelling errors
  • Fixes some minor graphical errors
  • Numerous minor fixes and improvements

Download ForkLift 3.3.2