Default Folder X 5.2.3 supports ForkLift, improves Open and Save switching

Version 5.2.3 of Default Folder X is available. After many requests from users and a bunch of back and forth with Mudi at BinaryNights, the developer of ForkLift, I’m happy to announce that we’ve got Default Folder X and ForkLift working together!

Default Folder X’s “Finder-click” feature now supports ForkLift (version 3.2.2 or higher). If you’ve got a ForkLift window open on your Desktop, clicking on it while a file dialog is frontmost will switch the file dialog so it shows the contents of the folder in the ForkLift window. And if you want to switch to one of the folders open in another tab of that ForkLift window, Control-click on the window to get a menu of  folders in other tabs. Also, if you select a folder or file from Default Folder X’s menu in your menubar when a file dialog isn’t frontmost, that file or folder will be opened in ForkLift if it’s running.

If you haven’t tried ForkLift yet, hop over to BinaryNights‘ website and download a copy. It’s a great alternative to the Finder, as well as for viewing and manipulating remote files on FTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Google Drive and other servers.

Now back to the changes in Default Folder X 5.2.3…

An enhancement that you probably won’t notice but that makes a big day-to-day difference is a revamping of the code that switches from one folder to another in Open and Save dialogs. I sat down and reconsidered the underlying mechanism, and as a result made it faster, more efficient and more reliable. This also eliminated compatibility issues with Magnet and BetterTouchTool, so it’s a win all around.

There are also bug fixes based on crash logs that have been submitted (yes, I do look at them!) and tech support emails that folks have sent. I got rid of some ugliness in the Folders tab of Default Folder X’s preference window, added AppleScript commands to access recent Finder windows, and enhanced a number of features in little ways.

The official change log is on the Default Folder X release page, along with links to download version 5.2.3.

5 Responses to “Default Folder X 5.2.3 supports ForkLift, improves Open and Save switching”

  1. Steve says:


    The Ctrl-Click function for selecting other tabs in ForkLift sounds great. Is that something that could be implemented for PathFinder, too? That would be amazing.



    • Jon says:

      I’ll shoot Steve (Path Finder’s developer) an email and see if he can give me the necessary information in Path Finder.

      • Steve says:

        Hi Jon,

        Thanks for following up. Look forward to hearing if it’s possible or not. Even without it, DFX is brilliant and indispensable. Thanks for the great work.


  2. Alex says:


    Unfortunately i can’t get this working on Forklift 3.3.4 and DefaultFolderX 5.3.7

    When clicking in Forklift a finder window is opened in the background… do i miss some setting or is it a bug (maybe in conjunction with Mojave?)

    Would be nice if you could help.


    • Jon says:

      Finder-click should work fine with ForkLift 3.3.4 – I just re-tested here to make sure. I assume you’re seeing the gray window shadows when you mouse over ForkLift windows while a file dialog is open? If you do, then clicking on one should switch the file dialog to that folder, not open a Finder window. In your DFX preferences, do you have it set to require a modifier key for the Finder-click feature?

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