Yoink - Better Drag and Drop 4+

Your File and Snippet Shelf

Matthias Gansrigler

    • 4.8 • 4.3K Ratings
    • $8.99



Try Yoink for Mac for free - download the demo version at https://eternalstorms.at/yoink/mac
Yoink is also available for iPhone & iPad: https://eternalstorms.at/yoink/ios

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
- Build workflows with Yoink's Shortcuts integration

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, 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
"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 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 support@eternalstorms.at, or on twitter at @YoinkApp or @eternalstorms.
Thank you.

What’s New

Version 3.6.92

Yoink v3.6.92 (2024.07.10) fixes another instance where the app could steal focus.

Yoink v3.6.91 (2024.07.05) contained the following improvements and bug fixes:

= Improvements =
- Improves handling of shared and dragged files
- Improves the favicon fetching process' memory usage

= Bug fixes =
- Fixes a menu item's case from lower case to Capitalized Case
- Fixes a bug where Yoink could wait forever for a file preview icon to be created, even if it failed
- Fixes a bug where sometimes Yoink would "steal" focus from other apps

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4.3K Ratings

4.3K Ratings

BayAreaDad ,

still among the first apps I install on a new computer!

I am lost without it.

Window management in OS X is always a bit of a trick, and it's difficult to drag and drop things when they're scattered among different windows on different Mission Control screens. Yoink fixes this issue easily and simply, by giving you someplace to set things down during your drag and drop operations. You can find the thing you want to grab, drop it in Yoink's shelf, and then click around to find a place to put it. (You can keep them there a while while you compose and collect, too)

Dragging works in and out of almost all applications I've tried, too, and sometimes even better than you'd expect. If you need to upload a photo from Photos to Craigslist, for example, you cannot drag from the application to the browser. But if you drag to Yoink first it forces Photos to do an export, and then you can drag merrily into a browser-based upload button.

Luna S Celeste ,

Essential yet simple; a perfect utility

Yoink is so utterly simple, and it stays out of the user's way until it's needed.

But it does one thing really, really well. Yoink fully realizes the potential of drag and drop, a technology that we've had for over 35 years, and I couldn't see myself working without it. I live in full screen windows, and often applications expect users to drag and drop files without providing an interface to browse the filesystem--or the file I want to select is buried deep in the filesystem hierarchy, making navigating to it difficult. Additionally, maybe I want to cross-share something from one social app to another (like Riot to Discord).

Yoink solves all these problems exceptionally well, and does it quietly, unobtrusively. Truly masterful design that would fit in wonderfully in the core of macOS (and I truly agree with another reviewer saying it should be purchased by Apple).

paradox2222 ,

An Invaluable Tool

I use this little shelf every day. It's the place I store almost every saved file that needs to be categorized or uploaded. I'm a teacher, so I work with PDFs all the time. Snapshots of virtual whiteboards as well. I have to get them on Google Classroom but don't really need them stored on my computer. So, I drop the file into yoink, move over to Classroom, then drag and drop it to upload it. It's gone off my computer and exactly where it needs to be. Also, the ability to lock an item and drag and drop it multiple times helps with the repated comments I make on student reports. Select an often repeated comment, drag it to Yoink, lock it, then drag it onto as many reports as necessary. When I'm done, I unlock the file and delete it, no problem. Yoink really has become one of my essential apps.

App Privacy

The developer, Matthias Gansrigler, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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