SymbolicLinker
SymbolicLinker
2.1.1

4.4

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SymbolicLinker

2.1.1
28 January 2017

Contextual menu creates symbolic links in Finder.

Overview

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 2.1.1:
  • Fixed a bug where, if the service had to make the link on the desktop, or if a file system error occurred, the service would get stuck in a loop.

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    Cerniuk (Hates Captcha)
    26 September 2012

    Most helpful

    Perfect example of doing one thing and doing it well. Why the Finder does not include this as part of an alias is anyone's guess. The unfortunate part is that an Alias is so much more robust yet the OS is so tied to symbolic links ti cannot use Aliases most of the time. Apple should fix this and make Symbolic Links work as transparently and robustly as aliases. Until then, we have SymbolicLinker (thanks!!)
    Like (3)
    Version 2.0v3
    apostolos-s
    30 September 2018
    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.
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    Version 2.1.1
    1 answer(s)
    rmwarwick
    rmwarwick
    05 October 2018
    Yes. Me too!!
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    rhythmkpr
    17 June 2018
    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.
    Like (1)
    Version 2.1.1
    2 answer(s)
    klorenflemingii
    klorenflemingii
    20 August 2018
    I am having the same issue. were you ever able to find a solution?
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    srhyland
    srhyland
    04 September 2018
    Create your own folder named Services, as it no longer exists (it needs your system password to modify Application Support). Then, drag and drop Symlink. RIGHT CLICK IT AND GIVE YOUR MAC PERMISSION TO USE IT BY FOLLOWING THE PROMPT. Should work after that.
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    rfabianni
    14 October 2017
    I'm using Sierra 10.12.6 and after following the install instructions the symbolic links don't work. Any ideas?
    Like (1)
    Version 2.1.1
    1 answer(s)
    Bndco
    Bndco
    06 November 2017
    After installing it per the instructions - into the Services folder - Right Click on the SymbolicLInker file and select Open. Then select "Sure go ahead and open it" (however it's worded). Now it should work from the Services menu in the Finder.
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    HandyMac
    26 March 2017
    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.
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    Version 2.1.1
    David-Losada-Soler
    30 January 2017
    Doesn't show in the services submenu. El Capitán 10.11.6.
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    Version 2.1.1
    1 answer(s)
    HandyMac
    HandyMac
    26 March 2017
    See Installation Instructions that came with the app, under How to Install, ¶4.
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    davidinracine
    29 January 2017
    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.
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    Version 2.1.1
    Cowicide
    03 December 2016
    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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    Version 2.1
    Dowsmith
    26 October 2016
    I've used this often in the past; and just downloaded v2.1. Unfortunately, I just had the same problem as artie505 - on running SymbolicLinker, I got 3000+ links created on my desktop.. I'm also running 10.11.6. I had to relaunch Finder to get it to stop; and I'm now having trouble moving all the multiple duplicated links to the trash.
    Like (1)
    Version 2.1
    1 answer(s)
    waipepe
    waipepe
    27 November 2016
    How does this differ from "make alias" Harry
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    artie505
    12 October 2016
    I'm not gonna pan SL yet, because I'm not sure that what happened isn't my fault, although I can't see how it is. I installed it in /Library/Services and launched it as per instructions, but the two times I clicked on "Make Symbolic Link" in my services menu (El Cap 10.11.6) it covered my desktop with upwards of 5,000 links. I had to boot into a clone to get rid of them. Huh?
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    Version 2.1
    Blouedysd
    04 October 2016
    Doesn't work in Sierra. Finder freezes for a moment, then unfreezes, no link made.
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    Version 2.1
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    App requirements: 
    • Intel 64
    • Intel 32
    • Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later
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