Hands down Forklift is the best piece of software on the Mac OSX behind 1Password and Chrome. I am a Windows developer who has switched from using Windows OSX exclusively. I purchased Forklift 2.6.6 back in October 2015 and love it. Forklift brings Windows Explorer and Filezilla like features to the OSX desktop. I’ll admit that OSX finder is pathetic and Windows users will hate the Mac Finder application. If you have migrated to OSX you find the Forklift program is a breath of fresh air.
BinaryNights have recently released version 3.x of Forklift and 2.x users will receive an update message. Here is the manual.
Here are the main features.
The good news is Binary Nights have made Forklift 2 available on the Mac App Store for free so give it a try.
I downloaded 3.x and ran the latest version (update) v3.0.5
The Forklift 3 manual can be found here.
I like to set up Sublime Text as my default editor in Forklift.
I like to add FTP sites I am working on to the left-hand side of Forklift.
Other remote locations can be FTP, FTP (TLS), WedDAV, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud files, AFP, SMB, NFS, VNC.
Dual View (FTP and Files views).
Now I can drag and drop files as expected.
Forklift Transfer Queue
Transferring large amounts of files will show a transfer queue (but you have to be quick to see this as things happen so fast)
Remote Editing with Forklift
With Forklift 3 I can right-click on remote FTP files and edit files.
Forklift 3 has an awesome file Sync compare (between local and remote FTP files), compares can be based on update times, size, modification time, time offsets etc with or without filters.
I use Forklift mini to remember my remote sites and easily open them easily.
Forklift 3 also allows you to rename multiple files on remote servers (something I used to perform in my brother’s detailed file renaming app Remoninator locally).
Yay “Dark Mode”
Upload progress is great on slow links/sites.
Forklift allows you to specify upload/download speeds, resume and replace policies along with simultaneous transfers.
Remote/Local File Compare
Simple file compare (v3.0.3)
ForkLift Git support (read my BitBucket guide, read my GitHub guide). I added the SCM (Git) button to ForkLifts toolbar.
Easy access to common git functions
Local git commit
ForkLift v3.0.6 update (June 12th) – see the version history here.
Other things I like with ForkLift 3:
- Remote compress a folder on an FTP site.
- Favourite sync
- Hidden files
- Mac Touchbar support.
Binary nights can be found on twitter here and YouTube here.
If you are used to Windows Explorer you need Forklift, you can try it ForkLift 2 for free (get it on the mac app store).
If you have a Mac with a Touchbar you may want to get version 3.
Image courtesy of Binary nights twitter.
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Draft: v0.2 added touchbar info