SymbolicLinker
SymbolicLinker
2.2.0

4.4

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SymbolicLinker for Mac2.2.0

12 November 2020

Contextual menu creates symbolic links in Finder.

What is SymbolicLinker for Mac

SymbolicLinker is a tiny service that, once installed, allows any user to create symbolic links to files inside the Finder. It does this by adding a contextual-menu item to the Finder that generates symbolic links to the selected files. The goal of this product is to decrease users' trips to the Terminal in order to use the "ln -s" command.

What's new in SymbolicLinker

Version 2.2.0:
  • SymbolicLinker now runs on Apple Silicon Macs.
  • Added a Catalan localization.

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earlbutter
earlbutter
Nov 7 2020
2.1.1
0.0
Nov 7 2020
0.0
Version: 2.1.1
I am running Catalina 10.15.6. I have the Create symbolic link in the services menu when control clicking. I can create symbolic links from my root drive, but when I try to create them on my external disk, nothing happens. Can anyone help?
quarterswede
quarterswede
Sep 11 2020
2.1.1
0.0
Sep 11 2020
0.0
Version: 2.1.1
Works in Catalina. Exactly what I needed when Terminal refused to create a link from a USB drive saying "target not found." Symlinker had no problem. Lightweight and exactly what I needed for quick access to create Symlinks.
jeff-pinkerton
jeff-pinkerton
Mar 31 2020
2.1.1
5.0
Mar 31 2020
5.0
Version: 2.1.1
Absolutely love it. Saw it used on a YouTube talking about relocating sounds and loops from Apple's Logic Pro - moved 64 gb from my 256gb Mac Mini to a 4 tb external drive, with no trouble at all. Download and installation were a breeze, and if you know what you want to do with it, it's totally easy to use. As I understand it, it's a better process for setting up and managing aliases than in Apple's own OS. Maybe so, maybe not. But it's all I'm going to be using for now on for this type of job. It just works. 2019 Mac Mini, 256 gb, 8 gb RAM, Mojave 10.14.6.
apostolos-s
apostolos-s
Sep 30 2018
2.1.1
0.0
Sep 30 2018
0.0
Version: 2.1.1
Doesn’t work in High Sierra. I cannot get it to work manually either, with Terminal... Really need it to work, please tell me what you did if somebody managed to get it working! I have it in a Services folder in Library, no prompts. It just acts like it’s opening, like rythmkpr stated.
rhythmkpr
rhythmkpr
Jun 17 2018
2.1.1
1.0
Jun 17 2018
1.0
Version: 2.1.1
this is not working in High sierra. I put app in a new folder named services in main library and when I double click it it acts like it opens but nothing happens. I can't seem to find it.
rfabianni
rfabianni
Oct 14 2017
2.1.1
0.0
Oct 14 2017
0.0
Version: 2.1.1
I'm using Sierra 10.12.6 and after following the install instructions the symbolic links don't work. Any ideas?
HandyMac
HandyMac
Mar 26 2017
2.1.1
5.0
Mar 26 2017
5.0
Version: 2.1.1
I've been using SymbolicLinker for years, maybe since it first appeared (before 10.6, anyway). I'm not a Unix geek, but prefer symbolic links for their spatial economy – they're only a few K in size (actually only a few bytes, but take up the minimum 4K file size in the file system), while standard MacOS aliases always include a copy of the original's icon (even with folders), making them over a megabyte in size. Aliases are more robust, usually remembering the link even if the original is moved, but I find symbolic links work fine in most cases. So, thanks for the Service, and for the update – I spent a couple hours last night struggling with some 8,400 symbolic links on the Desktop, and was nervous about using SymbolicLinker again, so came here and found there was an update to address just that problem. Don't know why it happened then, as I've been using v.2.1 just fine for several months. Anyway, works fine again now, in El Capitan 10.11.6.
David-Losada-Soler
David-Losada-Soler
Jan 30 2017
2.1.1
0.0
Jan 30 2017
0.0
Version: 2.1.1
Doesn't show in the services submenu. El Capitán 10.11.6.
davidinracine
davidinracine
Jan 29 2017
2.1.1
5.0
Jan 29 2017
5.0
Version: 2.1.1
I've been using SymbolicLinker since the early days of OS X and I consider it to be one of the most critical additions to the Mac OS. I use SymbolicLinker for the reasons stated in the first paragraph of Installation Instructions.

SymbolicLinker 2.1.1 works perfectly for me in OS 10.12.2. I was previously using version 2.0v3 but the Sierra update caused it to stop working. (It might have been as simple as opening the service from the Finder to authenticate, but I updated to 2.1.1 instead of doing that.) Following the installation instructions document was very simple. I also learned to go into the Keyboard system preferences pane Shortcuts menu > Services to deselect all the services I never use. Cudos for that tip!

Deepest thanks to Nick for keeping this project alive through the years, and for keeping SymbolicLinker free! This is an example of the Mac community at its finest.
Cowicide
Cowicide
Dec 3 2016
2.1
5.0
Dec 3 2016
5.0
Version: 2.1
Was wary after reading previous reviews to use with Sierra, but version 2.1 is working perfect for me in macOS Sierra 10.12.1 just as it used to do in older OS versions for me (10.9.x, etc.). I didn't use this running 10.11.x or 10.10.x, so YMMV with that particular older OS, I dunno. Anyway.... Nice, quick way to create symbolic links with a simple right-click and/or keyboard shortcut on a file instead of pulling up Terminal, etc. -- Works with LaunchBar, etc. as well since it can pull up Services within the macOS as well and apply them to selected files, folders, etc. I often use symlinks to enable various custom hacks I've made to macOS, etc. and this is much quicker than using Terminal directly each and every time. If you need symlinks, you know who you are. Otherwise, stick with aliases.
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