Yoink simplifies and improves drag and drop between windows, apps, spaces and fullscreen apps.
The app has been repeatedly featured by on the Mac App Store in numerous categories and was recommended by John Gruber of DaringFireball and Federico Viticci of MacStories.
When you start dragging files in Finder or content from an application, Yoink fades in a tiny window at the edge of your screen so you can drag to it.
This frees up your mouse so you can comfortably navigate to the destination of the files and resume the drag from Yoink's window more comfortably.
For a quick video introduction, further information and tips and tricks for getting the most out of Yoink, please visit its website.
Here's what customers say about Yoink:
"Essential. One of the few apps I use all the time." - Kraznoff, US App Store
"Simple, elegant, perfect. This is a fantastic app. It works flawlessly". - Benwiggy, UK App Store
"Handiest utility I ever purchased." - Nrgwise, US App Store
Here's what the press says about Yoink:
"Yoink is a terrific utility for macOS" - John Gruber, DaringFireball.net
"Yoink is a fantastic way to enhance drag'n'drop. Highly recommended." - Federico Viticci, MacStories.net
"Yoink is an awesome drag and drop utility for the Mac and is instrumental to me when working with full screen apps." - Jeff Benjamin, iDownloadBlog
"Yoink makes drag and drop easier." - Dan Frakes, Macworld
"Yoink really makes the whole drag and drop process much less stressful." - Whitson Gordon, lifehacker.com
"I absolutely love this little utility, it's one of the few I've come across that has had staying powers on my Macs." - James Dempsey, The Graphic Mac
If you have any feedback or questions, please do not hesitate to write me by mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on twitter at @YoinkApp or @eternalstorms.
New Features in Yoink v3.5.2:
- Added support for Services (right-click any file or stack and it will show the available services for it)
- Yoink's optional menu bar icon now can be dragged to
- A right-click onto Yoink's menu bar icon toggles its window
Improvements in Yoink v3.5.2:
- Added a Clear History menu item to the contextual menu if Yoink's clipboard history is enabled
- Yoink does no longer block the Finder's Dock
- Yoink does not become active anymore when dragging to it
- Improved support with apps Discord and VSCode
- Improved Yoink's Share extension to better handle text and other content
- For text snippets, a new line is appended so that consecutively dragging out snippets from Yoink to a text document is nicer
- Made favicon loading a bit more efficient
- Option-click onto the X button of a file in Yoink now removes that file and any selected files
- Yoink's window now matches the Notification Center's appearance
- Improved support with dragging videos from Photos.app to Yoink
Bug fixes in Yoink v3.5.2:
- Fixed a rare crash when handling URLs
- Fixed a crash in Yoink's Today Widget
- Fixed a few, minor memory leaks
- Fixed the icon for Yoink's Quick Action, especially on the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar
- Fixed a bug on macOS Yosemite and earlier where after dragging one item to Yoink, subsequently it wouldn't work anymore
- Fixed issues with Yoink moving around unnecessarily if it's set up to show at the mouse cursor's location and it is being shared to, or previous files are recalled
- Fixed an issue when pasting content into Yoink from the clipboard
- Fixed a crash on systems earlier than macOS Yosemite
- Fixed a bug where sharing an image added from macOS Mojave's screenshot tool would fail because of a wrong file format
- Fixed a bug where control-clicking onto an item wouldn't work anymore after QuickLooking a file
- Fixed a bug where, on smaller screens, the QuickLook panel would sometimes be cut off
- Fixed an issue where when using the keyboard shortcut (by default, F5) to manually hide Yoink, the QuickLook panel, if visible, would not close
- Made Yoink's preference's Behavior tab nicer to look at, meaning no black flashes in the video when changing preferences
- Updated some URLs used in the app from http to https
- Fixed a bug in Yoink's preferences window for some localizations, where selecting the General tab would resize the window unnecessarily
Ratings and Reviews
Should be Part of OSX!
It’s an incredibly handy little tool, and something that honestly should be bought by Apple and integrated into OSX, it’s that useful and intuitive. The newest version includes an optional clipboard history tool, which you can only turn on by turning on the sidebar widget, which is awkward if you just want to use the top file menu. Other issue with the clipboard feature is that it only pastes into Yoink and then you have to drag whatever it is out of Yoink, when usually all you want is for the saved clipboard item to go active so you can paste it somewhere. But still, this is a great no-brainer addition to OSX, the clipboard feature just isn’t very smooth.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your feedback on Yoink.
You can access the clipboard history through Yoink's menubar icon, which you can activate in its preferences.
With warm regards,
one word: convenience!
I came to know about Yoink through the many “essential apps for mac” type articles. It looked nifty, but did I really need it was my initial thought.
Although I have been familiar with macOS and have recommended and help other people purchase and use Macs, I myself was a Windows user till a couple of years back. After switching, just the multitouch trackpad on macbooks made it much much easier to drag and drop things. So the value of Yoink was not really as apparant to me.
That is untill I used it. Its a no brainer. The softare equivalent of “can you hold this please, while I sort this other thing out”.
These kind of apps are what makes me love macOS and its developer community so much.
Great app, wonderful developer
This small application saves me an enormous amount of time. I use it many times every day to quickly and conveniently move files between folders, add attachments to email messages, collect images to be dropped into documents I am writing, and more. It is especially useful if you work on a laptop, with limited screen real estate. The included Alfred workflow makes this application even more useful. I contacted the developer to inquire about a minor addition to the Alfred workflow, and within 24 hours he provided an updated file that implemented my request. Simply amazing customer support! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
- Matthias Gansrigler
- 12.5 MB
OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2011-2018, Eternal Storms Software
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.