Folder Peek 4+

Put folders in the menu bar

Sindre Sorhus

    • 4.9 • 84 Ratings
    • Free



Quickly access documents, files, folders, and apps from the menu bar.

Think of it as an alternative to Dock folders, just more powerful and customizable.

Each folder you add gets its own menu bar icon that you can customize and move around (drag the menu bar item while holding the Command key).

You can click on a file or folder in the menu to open it.

If you have little menu bar space, you can also show multiple folders in a single menu bar item. See the first FAQ.

Example use-cases:
- Access files relating to your current project
- Use it as an app launcher
- Add your home folder to quickly access anything
- View your most recent screenshots (see FAQ)

By taking advantage of Finder aliases, you can create a folder that contains aliases to other folders and files, making it possible to completely customize what's shown in a folder menu. See the FAQ for more.

■ Features

- Add multiple folders to the menu bar
- Each folder can be individually customized
- File preview
- View and copy image & video dimensions
- Drag & drop from the file submenu.
- Global keyboard shortcut to show/hide each folder menu
- Open a folder in a specific app
- Follows aliases and symlinks
- Shortcuts support


‣ How can I show specific files and folders from various places?

You can create a folder that contains aliases to the files and folders you want to be included in the menu.

Create a folder to put aliases in and add that folder to the app. Make aliases for the files and folders you want in the menu and move the aliases into the folder you just made.

‣ What is an alias?

An alias is a shortcut to an app, file, or folder that you can keep anywhere on your Mac. Right-click an item in Finder and select “Make Alias” to make one.

‣ How can I use this as an app launcher?

Yes. Just add the “Applications” folder to the app. If you want to show only specific apps, follow the first FAQ.

‣ How can I show multiple directories at the top level in a single menu?

Follow the first FAQ.

‣ How can I have a menu bar folder with my most recent screenshots?

Make a folder to hold the screenshots and add it to the app. Open the Screenshot app, click “Options”, then “Other Location”, and choose the folder you just made. In Folder Peek, open the folder config, and change the sort order to “Date Created” and set “Max Items” to something like 20.

You can find more info on the app's website.

■ Support

You can contact me through the feedback button in the app or at

What’s New

Version 1.6.1

- Bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

Matt Carbone ,

Extremely useful! Responsive Developer

Folder Peek is terrific. Allowing quick access to important folders, direct from the menu bar. Now, no matter where I am in the OS or an App, I can quickly grab and get to my most important documents and folders.

Further more the developer, Sindre, is extremely responsive and helpful.

Great app, thank you!

pedserdoc ,

Folder Peek - just the best!

Folder Peek offers the best qualities of macOS software: usefulness, customizability and beauty. Add to this superb Developer responsiveness and you have a rare find: Folder Peek is among the best menubar apps ever written. It can be a simple application launcher or a nuanced, user-defined navigator of the macOS folder and file system.
I recommend this software to every mac user!

jimmy421 ,

Very handy program

This is a very useful program if you wanat very quick access to particular folder. Especially, you can open the folder with IDE or Editor which is really uesful for opening projects associated with the folder.

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