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ForkLift 4.0.5 is available

This update addresses some issues with the Sync feature. This includes fixing a problem introduced in version 4.0.3. We have also taken care of a few other small bugs related to synchronization. Additionally, we tackled a tricky issue with saving and restoring default view settings


  • Fixes an issue, which made it impossible to work with the filters in the Sync Window
  • Fixes a possible crash when fileSize was selected as a filter in the Sync Window
  • Fixes localization issues of the filters in the Sync Window
  • Fixes issues of saving and restoring the Default View Settings

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ForkLift 4.0.4 is available

This is a quick update to fix issues introduced in version 4.0.3. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by our recent update. We have identified and addressed unexpected issues that may have impacted your workflow.


  • Fixes a possible crash when syncing to a remote location
  • Fixes an issue with remote connections, which, in some cases, made it impossible to navigate away from the user’s home directory
  • Fixes an issue with the speed of the synchronization
  • Fixes an issue with the Tools

Download ForkLift 4.0.4

ForkLift 4.0.3 is available

We were able to find out why for some users the imported passwords from ForkLift 3 weren’t working. We were able to fix this issue and starting from this version, the “incorrectly” imported passwords will work also in ForkLift 4. Another big additions in this update are some UX improvements and the French localization. We have added a highly requested feature to deselect items individually in the Sync Window.
Please feel free to report issues with the localization. Other languages and the option to claim the upgrade bonus are coming soon.


  • Option to deselect items individually in the Sync Window
  • French localization
  • The settings of the PDF previewer inside the Preview Pane are now saved and restored
  • The size of the Multi-rename window is now saved and automatically restored
  • Increased size limit of the Preview Pane, beneficial for users with higher screen resolution
  • Introducing the option to resize the icons in Icon View with the Command-Plus (or Command-Shift-Plus) and the Command-Minus (or Command-Shift-Minus) keyboard shortcuts
  • Custom icons for the Movies and Developer folders when added to the favorites


  • Improved SFTP connections to connect to the main user directory instead of the root, addressing multiple connection issues


  • Fixes an issue preventing the successful usage of FTP passwords imported from ForkLift 3. After this update, the defunct imported passwords will start working in ForkLift 4 automatically. Future imports should work without issues
  • Fixes an issue within Tools (Setting > Tools) where functionality was compromised if the file name contained special characters
  • Fixes an issue in Settings > Editing, allowing users to permanently delete applications from the list
  • Fixes a download issue from OneDrive, ensuring downloaded folders are no longer empty
  • Fixes an issue in the Sync Window, where in some cases, the number of items in the status info at the bottom of the window was displayed incorrectly
  • Fixes a Default Folder X integration issue, ensuring the correct sorting order
  • Fixes Dropbox transfer issues, enabling the transfer of items with special characters (such as Japanese or Cyrillic characters) without encountering the error code: “HTTP error code: 400.”
  • Fixes a VoiceOver issue in the Toolbar
  • Fixes an issue with unresponsive network share favorites
  • Fixes an issue on Google Drive where replacing folders wasn’t possible in some cases
  • Fixes an issue on Google Drive where in some cases, opening the Shared Drives and the Shared with me folder resulted in the error code: “invalid value: invalid”
  • Numerous minor fixes and improvements

ForkLift 4.0.2 is available

A new update to ForkLift 4 is available. This version doesn’t contain the option to enter your previous license key to claim the upgrade bonus. That feature needs a little bit more testing but it is coming soon.


  • Added Delete button to delete favorites inside the Favorite Manager (Favorites > Show Favorites)
  • Option to use the Delete key to delete the selected favorite inside the Favorite Manager (Favorites > Show Favorites)


  • Tools now evaluate commands and parameters the same way as the Terminal
  • Purchase menu disappears immediately after registering ForkLift


  • Fixes a possible crash when connecting to certain SFTP servers
  • Purchase menu disappears immediately after registering ForkLift
  • Fixes an issue during synchronization when “Delete orphaned items” and “Synchronize subfolders”
  • Fixes an issue where files downloaded with zero bytes from certain SFTP servers
  • Fixes some SFTP compatibility issues
  • Fixes an issue with Google Drive when copying folders would fail with “No such file or directory” error
  • Fixes an issue with OneDrive when files would appear multiple times in the file view
  • Fixes an issue on FTP and SFTP connections when in column and icon view drag operations were treated as move operations instead of copy
  • Fixes an issue where duplicated favorites didn’t function as expected
  • Fixes an issue with Content search, which was only working correctly when “Search in Subfolders” was enabled
  • Numerous minor fixes and improvements

Download ForkLift 4.0.2

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 11 is available

This update includes several additional bug fixes, including one that addresses a potential crash that may occur when users rearrange the tabs. This bug was the final one among the outstanding issues that frequently caused crashes, and it was important to us to resolve it before the official release of Forklift 4.


  • It is possible to move the focus from the Search field to the active pane with the Tab key
  • Fixes an issue during synchronization when in some cases the Sync Window didn’t display any items until one of the settings was changed
  • Fixes an issue of excessive memory usage during large sync operations
  • Fixes a possible crash when moving tabs
  • Fixes a display issue in the Welcome Window when changing themes
  • Fixes a possible crash when using source control management

Download ForkLift 4 beta 11

ForkLift 4 beta 10 is available

We have fixed some issues in the previous beta. Hopefully, the final version is coming soon.


  • Backblaze B2 rename
  • Backblaze B2 move operation inside a bucket


  • Fixes an issue that makes it impossible to open and preview items inside an archive when the archives were treated as folders
  • ForkLift asks for permission to send notifications
  • Fixes a possible crash during sync
  • Fixes a possible crash when moving multiple folders on servers
  • Fixes a possible crash when deleting apps with the App Deleter
  • Fixes an issue that caused empty favorite groups to be overwritten with newly created favorite groups

Download ForkLift 4 beta 10

ForkLift 4 beta 9 is available

If everything goes well, this will be the last beta version before the final release of ForkLift 4. This version includes a lot of fixes and improvements. The welcome window appears again after you start ForkLift for the very first time. If you weren’t able to import your favorites from ForkLift 3 before because of the missing welcome window, then with beta 9 installed, you can do that. You can read here how you can force the welcome window to appear.


  • Option to create a Shared Drive on Google Drive
  • Imports workspaces from ForkLift 3
  • Path bar displays the available free space and the size of the selected items
  • Redesigned conflict window, which also shows the sizes of the conflicting items and indicates on which sides the new and existing items are located
  • Full German and Hungarian localization


  • The popover, which shows the devices when clicked on the drive icon in the path bar, also shows the mounted drives of the shares
  • Creating a new folder with selection is faster
  • On some FTP servers, which aren’t set up correctly, the missing last letter of folders is displayed correctly
  • It is possible to make the Preview Pane wider
  • It is possible to copy the URL of Dropbox items when you are connected directly to Dropbox via ForkLift
  • Updated Compress with Options window, the Zip with Password option can be selected from the drop-down menu


  • Fixes an issue that prevented the Welcome Window to appear and importing the favorites from ForkLift 3 through the Welcome Window
  • Inside a search, Show in Enclosing Folder opens the selected item in a new tab
  • Fixes a visibility issue in the Welcome Window in dark mode
  • Fixes issues that prevented the file list from updating in certain cases
  • Fixes an issue that prevented column view from remembering the column widths
  • Added longitude as a displayed metadata information
  • Fixes an issue that prevented column view from updating after deleting a folder
  • Fixes an issue that made the Group by toolbar button stop working in some rare cases
  • Fixes an issue that prevented the theme from changing inside the panes in column view
  • An item gets selected after an item gets deleted in column view
  • Go > Enclosing Folder works in column view
  • Fixes an issue where workspaces weren’t applied correctly in certain cases
  • Go to Folder selects the file in the file view when the path points to a file
  • Fixes an issue with the log in the Preview Pane that caused the log to show only 10 entries
  • Fixes an issue that prevented ForkLift from opening certain folders that had restricted items inside them
  • Fixes Open in New Tab in the path bar
  • Fixes an issue with the text color after an error message was displayed in certain themes
  • Fixes an issue with the selection color in the inactive pane in Icon View
  • Fixes an issue with the icon previews in Icon View
  • Fixes a file view update issue with the lock icon after locking an item
  • Fixes issues with the Compress with Options feature
  • Fixes an issue that prevented the sync update mode from being saved when editing a sync favorite
  • Fixes various issues with the Keep Both conflict handling rule
  • Numerous minor fixes and improvements

Download ForkLift 4 beta 9

ForkLift 4 beta 8 is available

The biggest addition to this new update are the Google Shared Drives inside Google Drives.


  • Google Team Drives are available inside the Google Drive account after connection with ForkLift


  • Quick Open searches also in the middle of the words if at least three characters are typed in
  • Descending order added to “Sort by” in the toolbar
  • Option to extract Archives by dragging a file out of the archive when the archives are treated as folders
  • Copy paste to copy items on remote connections
  • Renaming items by dragging them over the rename favorite in the sidebar
  • Adding remote favorites by dragging them over the sidebar


  • Fixes an issue that caused the application to crash when the Stop and Skip buttons were clicked
  • Numerous minor fixes and improvements

Download ForkLift 4 beta 8