Forklift 4 by Binary Nights (Finder alternative)

Is it me or lately more and more sites are doing write ups rather than reviews? I much rather prefer reviews because for a write up, I can just read the developers website


I would add to that that even reviews tend to be somewhat anaemic. Most reviews never pick a winner. I prefer a few opinionated reviews to multiple “they’re all winners” type reviews.


As for the improvements specific to Version 4 I think the option to save view options for specific folders stands out as being very useful.

Using Finder is a continual hassle for me because it doesn’t save the sorts I use for each folder (or window size and position). If Forklift 4 will do that—especially automatically—it would be worth the money to me for this alone.

Forklift is good, really good, if 2 pane file management is useful for you --it is, for me!.

Alas, it’s that good that I don’t even find any compelling reason to upgrade from v3 to v4 (!). It seems that they did the monumental task of updating to the newest UI frameworks from Apple but didn’t exactly add many new features (cannot exactly remember if favorites sync via iCloud was already in v3 but I think it’s new).

Licensing model notwithstanding, the v4 version is enticing for new users, and for me the price is right. But existing Forklift v3 customers may want to consider waiting until either v3 is unsupported by future macOS updates or more significant features are added to the application.


For me, these might be worth the upgrade:

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

(If I did not also “own” Transmit which already supports OneDrive)

I conveniently skipped those as I am not using them :stuck_out_tongue: . But you are correct, these are useful.

Yes and really its three panes as you also have the preview pane. It’s some time since I have had a look around for so called Finder alternatives, but ForkLift, Pathfinder and Commander One seem to get the most mentions. Commander One is dual pane but it’s without a review pane (that I really find useful in my workflow) in the way that Forklift and Pathfinder do it.

I’m on the free trial of Forklift 4. I don’t suppose I can get it to have the Default Folder X menu in one of its toolbars or sidebars? I rely on that app a lot.

Interesting to see (here and in other places) that Forklift is mostly considered to be a file manager. A Finder replacement of sorts. While to me it’s basically an FTP client (and other protocols obviously). Which is a different class of software in my opinion. But I may be old fashioned. Or too strict.

It’s just an observation. In the end it doesn’t really matter how people use an application.

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I started using it as a Finder replacement, I now use it for remote protocols too and ditched Transmit.

I am not sure how you use Default Folder but in Pathfinder you have a command move and a file is moved to the adjacent pane; they also have a command move to which if you have Default Folder on your computer will open the Default Folder interface and you choose where to send the file. This is much better than ForkLift 4.

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Is it me or lately more and more sites are doing write ups rather than reviews? I much rather prefer reviews because for a write up, I can just read the developers website

This is why I still read traditional magazines and have stopped using web-based news services. Authors put some thought and opinion in professional articles while the online trend seems to be to publish quickly and throw quality out of the window.

Most online reviews are just rewording of developer announcements and information from developers. This takes the least effort and thought. At least, that’s my guess as to why they are so prevalent with amateur journalists.

Sorry to go off topic a bit!


I think you make a good point. When I saw the article was written by John Voorhees, I was excited. But it was just as you wrote. Very disappointing (not ForkLift 4, but the quality/care put into the article).

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If Panic ever stops making Transmit, I’m glad Forklift is there to pick up the slack. Looked at it briefly, but I can’t bring myself to run it as a Finder alternative, and I’ve already got Transmit, so I couldn’t find a place in my workflow for Forklift.

Very nicely designed native Mac app though, props for that.

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Forklift vs PathFinder. Any comments from anyone who used both.

MacStories Review of ForkLIft 4 is so lame. It’s as if it was a crime if John Voorhees did not write some thing about it being released. He even forgot to mention that its 200 days of added updates for existing users of ForkLift.

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I wrote this in an earlier thread about Pathfinder:

I have Forklift 3 installed, but I don’t use it all that much these days. But it was a solid app when I needed it. I’ve download Forklift 4 to give it a try. Not sure if I’m going to upgrade.

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I’ve used both, and they’re both fine for file management. Path Finder has options to drop in terminal modules and such, whereas AFAIK Forklift doesn’t. But Path Finder’s remote file support was positively anemic the last time I checked.

A year or so ago I was hopeful Path Finder was closing the gap in that department when it got FTP support - but it was read only. So you couldn’t download a file and then delete it, or upload a replacement.

So if your needs are 100% local, Path Finder is awesome. As soon as you add in any remote file management, ForkLift is better.


Same here, I only use Forklift for FTP and other remote access. I’ve never even tried to use it as a Finder replacement. Finder works great for me, and if I ever want “duopane” I just open two Finder windows.

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I think they added the extra 100 days for existing customers after the review was published.

BinaryNights (yesterday) on X:

A lot of our existing users have expressed their dissatisfaction with the absence of an upgrade path from previous versions of ForkLift. We have listened to them and have come up with a solution. Please read our blog post about our solution:

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