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.
∙Create audio recordings.
∙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.
∙Save .webarchive files in File Cabinet Lit via the "Save Web Archive in File Cabinet Lite" Service.
∙Save website shortcuts (.webloc files) in File Cabinet Lite via the "Save Web Location in File Cabinet Lite" Service.
∙Save emails as RTF files directly in File Cabinet Lite from the Mail app via the "Save Email Contents in File Cabinet Lite" Service.
∙Save screenshots directly to File Cabinet Pro via the "Take screenshot to 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 7.3

-You can now save emails as RTF files directly in File Cabinet Lite from the Mail app. To use this new feature, select an email in the Mail app, then choose the "Save Email Contents in File Cabinet Lite" Service from the "Services" menu in Mail's menu bar.

Version 7.2.1:
-You can now create an audio recording and save it in the current directory you are viewing in File Cabinet Lite; you can also use this feature from the Finder Extension.
-You can now trim audio and video files using File Cabinet Lite's built-in media player.
-Fixed issue that prevented File Cabinet Lite's main window from closing via the Global Hotkey if the "Automatically hide and show menu bar" setting is turned on in System Preferences.

Version 7.1:
-Added new Service named: "Save Web Archive in File Cabinet Lite." This Service allows you to quickly save websites as .webarchive files for offline access. To use this service, right click on a link or a web url in practically any app to bring up a context menu and select the service from the "Services" submenu.

Version 7.0:
-You can now set a custom background color to use for directories when they are opened in Icon view.
-You can now set a custom background image to use for directories when they are opened in Icon view.
-A new "Show View Options" menu item has been added to the context menu that appears when you right-click on the background of File Cabinet Lite's window. When you click this menu item, a popover will appear with controls that allow you to change the view options of the directory you are currently viewing. You can also bring up this popover using the Command+J keyboard shortcut.
-You can now customize the font size used in Icon, List, and Column view from the new View Options popover. Custom font sizes set from the View Options popover are saved and restored on a per directory basis.
-The pop up buttons to set a custom font size for Icon, List, and Column view in Settings are now used as the default values for new directories that have not previously been opened in File Cabinet Lite.

Version 6.9.1:
-Tagging files in File Cabinet Lite now supports undo and redo.
-You can now sort files by Tags.
-In List view you can now optionally display a table column titled "Tags."
-Minor bug fixes.

Version 6.9:
-You can now have File Cabinet Lite display sorted files in groups. To use this new feature, right click in File Cabinet Lite's window to bring up the context menu and click the "Use Groups" menu item when your files are sorted. If files are currently grouped, this menu item will have a checkmark next to it and you can click it again to turn groups off.

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

Verdulo ,

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!

Dot.roxie ,

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.


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OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor


English, Korean

Age Rating
Rated 4+
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