Yoink simplifies and improves drag and drop between windows, apps, spaces and fullscreen apps, by providing a temporary "shelf" for your files and app-content.
It frees up your mouse, enabling you to navigate more comfortably to the destination of your files.

When you start dragging files in Finder or content from an application, Yoink fades in at the edge of your screen, allowing you to drag to it.
While Yoink is holding on to your files for you, you can more easily and comfortably navigate to the destination of your files, without having to keep the mouse button clicked the entire time.

Overview of Yoink's main features:
- A "shelf" at the edge of your screen for files and app-content you'd like to move or copy, which behaves like Finder (regarding moving and copying)
- Yoink follows you everywhere - windows, spaces and (fullscreen-) apps
- Icons are created using QuickLook, allowing easy identification
- Multiple files dragged to Yoink at once are condensed into a Stack, making it easy to drag them out together
- System Services, the Quick Action and Share extensions allow storing files in Yoink without having to use drag and drop
- Handoff to transfer files between all the Macs, iPads and iPhones you're using Yoink on
- Clipboard History, which lets you store previously copied content in Yoink, or copy again
- Highly customizable - you decide where, when and if Yoink appears
- "Share" to and from Yoink

For further information and usage tips 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 members of the press say about Yoink:
"Yoink is a terrific utility" - John Gruber,
"Yoink is a fantastic way to enhance drag'n'drop. Highly recommended." - Federico Viticci,
"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
"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

Some features may require a more recent version of macOS, or the separately available Yoink app for iOS:
Handoff from Mac to Mac requires macOS El Capitan 10.11 or newer on both Macs
Handoff to/from iPad or iPhone requires separately available Yoink app for iOS
Quick Action and Continuity Camera requires macOS Mojave 10.14

If you have any feedback or questions, please do not hesitate to write me by mail at, or on twitter at @YoinkApp or @eternalstorms.
Thank you.

What’s New

Version 3.5.4

- Fixes a rare bug that would cause Yoink not to react anymore under certain circumstances
- Fixes a bug on older versions of macOS where "promise drags" sometimes wouldn't be finished correctly
- Fixes a bug where a repeated rating request would occur - my apologies

New Features in Yoink v3.5.3:
- Yoink's position on your screen can now be more easily changed, by dragging the window itself
- Continuity Camera is now supported by Yoink and lets you save photos or documents from your iPhone or iPad right in Yoink
- Right-click a file to "Save as" - allowing you to not only move or copy a file this way, but also rename it
- When Yoink is the active app, you can now use your keyboard to navigate (arrow up, down, select all, Quick Look)
- If you'd like to keep a file in Yoink when dragging it out, keep the fn key on your keyboard pressed during the drag
- To temporarily disable Yoink when dragging something, keep the fn key on your keyboard pressed during the drag
- Double-press the keyboard shortcut (by default, F5) to quickly add your clipboard's contents to Yoink

Improvements in Yoink v3.5.3:
- Adds a button to the Extensions tab in Yoink's preferences to quickly install its PDF action, which lets you add PDFs to Yoink from print dialogs
- Yoink's clipboard history widget now ignores's declared types
- Improves drag recognition - control-left-clicks no longer make Yoink do work
- Long filenames now have extension tooltips
- Improves CPU usage when checking for drags, saving CPU cycles and battery life
- Yoink no longer reacts to drags in most games, saving CPU cycles and battery life
- You're now able to delete individual items in Yoink's Clipboard History Today Widget
- Improves the way the "File moved to trash in Finder" popover behaves
- New Intro screen
- Improved compatibility with Panic, Inc.'s Transmit, where dragging multiple files from the local side of Transmit would result in only one file being added to Yoink
- Improved compatibility with Apple, Inc.'s Remote Desktop app
- Improved compatibility with DevonThink

Bugfixes in Yoink v3.5.3:
- A URL transferred to one Mac from another via Handoff now has the proper title, not the URL itself as a title
- Files handed off to a Mac no longer sometimes lose their file extensions
- Fixes an issue where items still being written to disk could be dragged out of Yoink
- Fixes a bug that made Yoink unnecessarily the foremost app when force-touching
- Fixes an issue where the Quick Look panel sometimes would be larger than the screen size
- Fixes an issue where, after an item from Sketch was dragged to Yoink, all subsequent files would get a Sketch icon-badge, too
- Fixes an issue where Yoink would unnecessarily check for drags when a right-click-drag would occur
- Fixes an issue where a menu would appear out of place when force-clicking on a stack to show files in Finder
- Fixes a rare exception when closing the Quick Look popover
- Fixes an issue where a file received via Handoff would add a superfluous file extension, resulting in something like ""
- Fixes two issues when summoning Yoink to a different screen
- Fixes an issue where, if a drag would take long, Yoink would stop looking for drags
- Fixes a bug that made Yoink's menu bar icon's menu change its font size
- Fixes the Quick Action available to users of macOS Mojave - please re-install it via Yoink's Preferences -> Extensions
- Fixes an issue where the Alfred action sometimes wouldn't work correctly - please re-install it via Yoink's Preferences -> Extensions
- Fixes an issue where the Quick Look popup for docx, Pages, Keynote and Numbers documents had the wrong size

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
240 Ratings

240 Ratings

ImranZ ,

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 ,

Hi ImranZ,
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,
- Matt

Jaghond ,

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.

swilcox ,

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.


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