File Cabinet Lite is the lite version of File Cabinet Pro, the file manager for the macOS menu bar. With File Cabinet Lite you can view files directly from the menu bar. File Cabinet Lite is also a document-based application that ships with a built-in text editor, image viewer, pdf viewer, and media player.

After downloading File Cabinet Lite, you will be able to use all features available in File Cabinet Pro without limitation for 30 days. After 30 days has passed, you can use the app in "Viewer Mode." You can get all pro features for an unlimited period of time via a single In-App Purchase.

***Pro Features In-App Purchase***
Open, move, rename, compress, tag, trash, copy and paste files, all from the menu bar. You can open many file types natively within the app or open files by launching other applications. It's easy to click into directories in icon view, drill through directories in list view, or navigate the file tree in column view.

***Pro Features List***
∙Create subdirectories.
∙Click into subdirectories and open documents.
∙Open directories in new tabs.
∙Tag files easily. Select files in the app, right click, and then simply add or remove file tags from the control in the context menu.
∙Show selected files in Finder.
∙Rename files.
∙Copy and paste files.
∙Compress files.
∙Trash files.
∙View items as icons, in a list, or in columns.
∙Launch the application at login. You can have the app automatically launch when you login to your Mac (optional feature, disabled by default).
∙Create a list of all your favorite directories in the sidebar.
∙Create and edit txt, rtf, and rtfd files using the built in lightweight text editor.
∙Rotate images, crop images, and apply filters to images using the built in lightweight image editor.
∙Watch video and play audio files using the built in media player.
∙View pdf files using the built in pdf viewer.
∙Revert document versions for supported editable document types.
∙Set a Global Hotkey for showing and closing the app's window (optional feature, disabled by default).
∙Preview selected files in Quicklook by pressing the spacebar.
∙Share files in apps that support Sharing extensions like Mail and Messages.
∙Create text documents from Finder using File Cabinet Lite's Document Creator Finder Extension (Note: To use this feature, you have to enable the Finder extension in System Preferences under the "Extensions" tab).
∙Verify the SHA256, SHA1, or MD5 checksum of files using the "View Checksum in File Cabinet Lite" Service.

File Cabinet Lite supported document editors and viewer include:

-Plain text files (txt)
-Rich Text Format (rtf)
-Rich Text Format Directory (rtfd)
-Markdown (md)
-Portable Document Format (pdf)

-Portable Network Graphics (png)
-Joint Photographic Experts Group (jpeg)
-Tagged Image File Format (tiff, tif)
-Bitmap image file (bmp)
-Photoshop File Format (psd) Import only
-Scalable Vector Graphics (svg) Import only


So what are you waiting for? Get File Cabinet Lite now!

What's New

Version 6.3

-Added a "New Folder with Selection" action.
-File Cabinet Lite now accepts certain images types in drag and drop.
-You can now move files by dragging and dropping to the Path Bar at the bottom of the window.
-Other minor bug fixes and improvements.

Version 6.2:
-Added a "Open as New File Cabinet Lite Tab" Service. If you enable this Service you can open directories in new tabs from other applications such as Finder via the Services menu.
-Fixed bug that caused view type to not be restored on app launch even if the "Restore view type" preference is on in Settings.
-Fixed bug that could sometimes cause you not to see your typed text when renaming a file when the app is in dark mode.
-Fixed bug that could cause a tab to suddenly close after renaming or moving a directory at the top level of the navigation stack.
-Other minor bug fixes/improvements.

Version 6.0:
-You can now open directories in New Tabs.

-Removed the "Primary" and "Secondary" directory concept from File Cabinet Lite; this feature has been replaced by the new Tab Bar. You are no longer restricted to two directories to switch between, you can open as many tabs as you want.

-Tabs in File Cabinet Lite's new Tab Bar support spring-loading; you can drag files over a tab to select one.

-Buttons in the bottom bar to switch between the "Primary" and "Secondary" directory have been removed. You can switch between directories via the Tab Bar instead (or by using the hot keys: Control+Tab to select the next tab and Control+Shift+Tab to select the previous tab).

-File Cabinet Lite now displays the number of selected items and the file count for the current directory in the bottom bar.

-The size of the Quicklook preview for a selected file in Column View will now resize with the window instead of remaining at a small fixed size.

-File Cabinet Lite started displaying a Services submenu in its context menu in version 4.5. As a result if the "Show In Finder" service on your Mac was enabled you would see two "Show In Finder" menu items in File Cabinet Lite's context menu. File Cabinet Lite no longer displays its own "Show in Finder" menu item in its context menu to fix this problem. You can enable the "Show In Finder" Service in System Preferences on your Mac to continue using this feature.

-A new "Go to Folder..." menu item has been added to File Cabinet Lite's context menu.

Ratings and Reviews

Good but a few issues


I like this utility. It puts Finder windows (and navigation) in the menubar and offers a great alternative to the standard way of doing things. There are some problems though. The biggest one so far is search. If I search a folder it only finds contents in the parent folder I’m viewing and not the sub-folders inside it. This is a real deal-breaker for me. What’s the point of searching just the parent folder?

Another very annoying issue is how the preference pane resizes. As you click the preference options the window resizes from the bottom and not the top as is standard in all Mac apps. This is a silly and meaningless deviation from the standard Apple Interface Guidelines and the only purpose it serves is to make the app stand-out in a negative way.

Another huge problem is the price. The developer wants $30 for a simple utiltiy which is essentially a finder window in the menubar. I know a lot of good thinking and work went into making the app but if this were priced at $4.99 instead this could be an App Store front page item, now it’s just an overpriced utility that few people will buy. That’s too bad since it is very well done in most other ways.

Developer Response

Hi Verdulo! The Settings window now resizes from the top instead of the bottom. Thanks a lot for your feedback!

mmm ok so favorites hide behind the main screen...


so I;m not buying.

Developer Response

Thanks for your feedback. To show and hide the Favorites sidebar you can use the following keyboard shortcut: Option+Command+S. If you prefer not to use the keyboard shortcut to do this, you can just add the "Sidebar" button to the Toolbar that is in the main window. To do this, follow these steps:

1) At the top of the window right-click or control+click on the background area to bring up a context menu and choose the "Customize Toolbar…" menu item. This will bring up the Toolbar's customization palette.
2) In the Toolbar's customization palette, choose the "Sidebar" button and drag it into the Toolbar.
3) Press the "Done" button to dismiss the customization palette.

After you do that, you can just click on the Sidebar button directly in the toolbar to show or hide Favorites. Also if you happen to have a MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, you can use the Sidebar button directly from the Touch Bar.

Thanks again Dot.Roxie for your feedback.


Writes for All Inc.
15.4 MB
English, Korean
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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