Trickster - Your files, at your fingertips!

What others are saying about Trickster?
- "Incredibly useful, nicely designed. The simple 'Help' is perfect" - Smile Software
- "A handy tool for tracking and working with documents, folders, and other data." - Macworld (4 mice)
- "Trickster is easy to figure out, fast, and looks nice." - $2-tuesday
- "Where Trickster does the trick for me is with its keyboard navigation." - Macstories
- "I’m always on the lookout for productivity boosters, and Trickster has me in love." - TheNextWeb

If you work with files, Trickster is the ultimate productivity booster for you.

Quickly access to your recently used documents, folders, and applications.
All your important stuff is now just a couple of clicks away, accessible from your menu bar.

Did you just open a document in Pages? It’s in Trickster.
Did you just download a file? Don’t bother searching your downloads folder. Trickster has it just one click away.
Everything you were supposed to be working on is still in your menu bar, ready when you are.

Some of the things Trickster can do:
- Drag and drop files from Trickster to Finder or any other application like you'd do from Finder.
- Open files and applications from Trickster, preview them or reveal in Finder.
- Preset filters to only display images, audio files, videos, documents, applications, folders and specific locations.
- Create your custom filters based on location, file types, Finder tags (on OS X 10.9) or string matching.
- Track only relevant files and ignore all the rest.
- Favorites "sticky" bar gives you fast access to your most frequently used files, folders, and applications. Drop files on a 'favorite' folder to move it there or drop on a 'favorite' application to open it with that particular app.
- Add files to any notebook on Evernote

- Retina ready

Trickster is 100% keyboard-friendly. For ultimate productivity and speed, you can use it entirely without a ​mouse or combine mouse with keyboard shortcuts and hotkeys.

What's New

Version 2.6

Some of these new features come as direct response to your requests. Keep them coming.

- NEW: Light Theme. Change in Preferences.
- NEW: Trickster will now ask if to overwrite a file, when a file is dragged onto a folder in Favorites, and another file with same name already exists there
- NEW: Trickster now has an option to show file icons instead of QuickLook previews in Expanded view (higher rows). Change in Preferences.
- NEW: Provide instructions in File Tracking and Filter Editing Panels
- NEW: If some folders can't be accessed because of sandboxing permissions, they will be marked with an exclamation mark in "Watched Folders" settings and Trickster will suggest a simple way to renew the permissions
- IMPROVED handling of Sandboxing, miss less events in some cases

If you benefit from Trickster, we'll appreciate if you spread the love to your friends through personal recommendations or on social media. It makes a lot of difference. Thank you.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5

5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Unorganized Guy’s Best Friend


I tend to save things in places that I don’t quite remembe where it was. And even when I do know where it is, it take many clicks to get to that folder. Trickster has made my life much easier as I know to go here right away. Being able to omit certain folders makes it better than the “all my files” view in the OS finder. Highly recommend.

Trickster is a time saver and the support is excellent

Cave Hoek

Trickster stays out of your way as a small icon in your menu bar until you need it. And then it is a life saver for accessing the recent history of applications you have run and the documents that you have modified. I also love how it knows about your Dropbox folder. Trickster really comes in handy if you find yourself opening the same document sequentially in two separate applications.

I had an issue where I added my own excluded path in the file tracking settings, and then Trickster wouldn't actually use it to filter anything. I posted a bug report on the ApparentSoft Trickster support forum and their friendly developers responded promptly and professionally. We discussed my issue and they soon provided a download for a new beta version with a fix. I'm now using and have not had problems since.

Picks up most, not all, files


I would give this 5 stars if it were free, but for $10 I need some improvements. I use Trickster mostly to find recent files. I work in a variety of programs and often need to share/attach files, but there’s no equivalent to the Windows ‘Recent Places’ folder on Mac. Queue Trickster…

It’s fast, pervasive in my menu bar, and I can drag files directly from it into emails or wherever. Huzzah, problem solved!

The problems are: 1) Doesn’t “see” downloaded files, only files I edit. 2) Click & drag highlights multiple entries. To drag, I have to click once then click again & drag, risking an accidental double-click. 3) It searches its own indexes, not my entire computer. Way faster to use Alfred or even Spotlight for general file search. 4) Not aggressive enough with default filters. Trickster, figure out my download and document folders - don’t make me have to manually choose a bunch of folders.


Apparent Software Inc.
4.7 MB
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2012 Apparent Software Inc.


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