TotalFinder for Mac users who demand more from their Finder

TotalFinder for Mac

TotalFinder for Mac

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  • Latest Version

    TotalFinder 1.15.1 LATEST

  • Review by

    Daniel Leblanc

  • Operating System

    macOS 10.15 Catalina or later

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  • Author / Product

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TotalFinder for Mac works like the original Finder but adds tabs, dual panel mode, folders on top and other useful features. Please keep in mind that the app is an add-on which gets loaded into the Finder when you launch It does not modify your Finder files on the disk. TotalFinder for macOS is installed as a standalone application. But when launched it changes the current instance of Finder running in your computer memory. I call this process the app injection into Finder.

Features and Highlights

Colored labels
Brings full colors back into El Capitan.

Chrome tabs
Apple finally introduced tabs in Mavericks. Total Finder added Chrome tabs in Snow Leopard.

Dual mode
Display two Finder windows side-by-side on hot-key.

Visor window
The Finder is always one key-press away!

Cut & Paste
Use keyboard shortcuts to move files around. Faster than drag & drop.

Folders on top
Folders should always go first in list view. You can also easily toggle display of hidden files.

Note: 14 days trial version. Requires 64-bit processor. TotalFinder will work in OS X 10.11 El Capitan only if you partially disable System Integrity Protection using the "csrutil enable --without debug" command after booting into Recovery OS.

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What's new in this version:

- a code injection issue where TotalFinder would fail to successfully inject on certain legacy / unsupported systems that were patched using OpenCore Legacy Patcher / OCLP. (※ Please note that this issue has nothing to do with the UEFI bootloader named OpenCore — TotalFinder has never had any known compatibility issues with the OpenCore UEFI bootloader.) Ventura Monterey Big Sur Catalina
- an issue where the new Coloured Labels logic would be unable to obtain the label colour of certain items that have coloured label information stored in a slightly different way than what was thought to be possible during testing. Ventura
- an issue where the new Coloured Labels logic would use the oldest label colour found on an item with multiple labels, instead of the newest. Ventura
- a rendering issue where the TotalFinder icon in the Finder preferences on macOS 11 Big Sur and newer would render with aliasing artifacts, especially on non-Retina/HiDPI displays where the issue was very severe. Ventura Monterey Big Sur
- a rendering issue where the TotalFinder icon in the Finder preferences on macOS 11 Big Sur and newer was unable to be tinted by the user's macOS UI tint colour when selected. Ventura Monterey Big Sur

- Major internal refactors were made to the Coloured Labels feature, resulting in better optimisation of label colour lookup operations. Ventura Monterey Big Sur Catalina
- newCertain behaviour flags that were used during the testing of the new Coloured Labels logic are now controllable via TotalFinder's power-user-oriented "Tweakables" feature, which you can use by creating specific files in your home directory (~, or ${HOME}) using the command-line utility touch. See below for more details. Ventura Monterey Big Sur Catalina

- The newly-added Tweakable flag ~/.totalfinder-alwaysenablenewlabellookupmethods enables the new Coloured Labels lookup logic on macOS 12 Monterey and below, which normally use a different label colour lookup method that no longer works as of macOS 13 Ventura. Monterey Big Sur Catalina
- The newly-added Tweakable flag ~/.totalfinder-disablelabelcolourlookupoptimisation disables all Coloured Labels lookup optimisations, which may be useful as a troubleshooting or debugging step. Ventura Monterey Big Sur Catalina

- Made many improvements to the TotalFinder diagnostics utility ( that improve the usefulness of its output. Ventura Monterey Big Sur Catalina

- Added an experimental feature that allows users to make the Visor show above other apps, but not the Dock whenever the Visor is in a pinned state. This experimental feature is currently only accessible by running defaults write com.binaryage.totalfinder TotalFinderVisorDrawAboveOtherAppsWhenPinned 1 in a Terminal session. (※ Replace the 1 with a 0 to disable the feature.) Ventura Monterey Big Sur Catalina
- A new Visor-related Tweakable flag was added: ~/.totalfinder-useaggressivevisordrawpriority will set the Visor window to a much higher draw priority when the "Show on top of the Dock" feature is enabled. This can be useful if you encounter an app that is still able to draw above the Visor even with "Show on top of the Dock" enabled. Ventura Monterey Big Sur Catalina

- Various other internal refactors and improvements were made to TotalFinder as a whole. Ventura Monterey Big Sur Catalina