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SymbolicLinker
SymbolicLinker
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SymbolicLinker free download for Mac

SymbolicLinker

Version 2.2.0

Contextual menu creates symbolic links in Finder.

SymbolicLinker 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 version 2.2.0

Updated on Nov 12 2020

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

Information

License

Free

Size

632 KB

Downloads

213435

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.9.0 or later
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Satcomer
Satcomer
Jan 24 2022
2.2.0
0.0
Jan 24 2022
0.0
Version: 2.2.0
Thank God this is now at least Universal! I tried it on 2021 M1 Mac Book Pro 12.1 on it and worked like care follow the included instructions! I wish all Linux developers to use this example to make READ Me text file that was really clear and I now can run Symbolic Links again on M1!
multimedia-5
multimedia-5
Dec 28 2021
2.2.0
0.0
Dec 28 2021
0.0
Version: 2.2.0
I was looking for an easy way to store data in the icloudDrive and work with files on the Mac and have the files "synchronized". It´s not a real Synch but it serves the purpose. Thanx. There is also a version in the app store with the same icon that has a graphic interface. Is that the same developer?
Robio
Robio
Jul 31 2021
2.2.0
0.0
Jul 31 2021
0.0
Version: 2.2.0
(Leaving a review the "old fashioned way" since MacUpdate's new review feature is such a trainwreck.) I've been using SymbolicLinker for years, and more than ever now that Big Sur has destroyed the ability of Aliases to retain their targets' custom icons (FFS, Apple!). Thanks for making symlinks easy!
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.
Dowsmith
Dowsmith
Oct 26 2016
2.1
2.0
Oct 26 2016
2.0
Version: 2.1
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.
artie505
artie505
Oct 12 2016
2.1
0.0
Oct 12 2016
0.0
Version: 2.1
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?
Blouedysd
Blouedysd
Oct 4 2016
2.1
0.5
Oct 4 2016
0.5
Version: 2.1
Doesn't work in Sierra. Finder freezes for a moment, then unfreezes, no link made.
Pinchies
Pinchies
Aug 26 2016
2.1
5.0
Aug 26 2016
5.0
Version: 2.1
Much appreciated tidbit for the GUI-land-lubbers like me.
Kennett
Kennett
Jul 10 2016
2.1
0.0
Jul 10 2016
0.0
Version: 2.1
Is anyone seeing SymbolicLinker in their Finder Services menu? I can't get SymbolicLinker to show up in the Finder Services menu, but the keyboard shortcut I enabled works just fine.
Thinking-Differently
Thinking-Differently
Jun 24 2016
2.1
0.0
Jun 24 2016
0.0
Version: 2.1
I have not yet used this enough to leave a proper review. However it does seem to work. The functionality is basic. There are two variations or enhancements which are obvious. Relative Links There are time when it is desireable to create relative links. A tool to do that would be welcome. Hard Links There are times when it is desirable to crate hard links. A tool to do that would also be welcome.
cubanpete
cubanpete
Jun 24 2016
2.1
5.0
Jun 24 2016
5.0
Version: 2.1
Thank you! Thanky you also for providing really detailled instructions. Very much appreciated.
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