DragThing
DragThing
5.9.17

4.4

DragThing free download for Mac

DragThing

5.9.17
17 November 2016

Desktop launcher utility.

Overview

DragThing is a desktop launcher utility that can launch applications, open documents and folders, store text and picture clippings, and do many other customizable actions with a single click or keystroke.

DragThing is the original dock designed to tidy up your Macintosh desktop:
  • It puts all your documents, folders, and applications just a single click away. Highly flexible, it allows multiple docks, each customized to suit your exact needs.
  • It stores frequently-used clippings such as text and pictures, and lets you easily paste them into other applications with just a click.

DragThing also allows you to define a wide variety of hot keys. These hot keys can open items in docks, control various other aspects of DragThing and even control the visibility of and switching between other applications running on your Mac.

DragThing can also provide you with a Trash on your desktop, play sounds in response to actions like ejecting a CD, and a lot more besides.

DragThing is shareware. That means that you can download a copy freely to see if you like it, and if you decide to use it you should pay for your copy. In return for paying you will receive a serial number which will disable the reminder message at startup, and enable some extra features including floating dock windows and hot keys to open dock items.

What's new in DragThing

Version 5.9.17:
Fixed:
  • Badges on application icons not showing
  • Loading colour sets
  • Opening links in the Help menu

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Scott-C-H-
27 April 2009

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DragThing is more than a dock: It lets you have custom keyboard shortcuts for launching programs, files, opening folders, and running scripts. It works as a global sniplet holder for inserting frequently used text and image sniplets via clicking, custom keyboard shortcut, or drag & drop, in any programs. It can hold URLs, etc. just about any objects on your Mac and make it quick and easy to access them via mouse or via keyboard shortcut of your choice. DragThing also utilizes screen edges and corders very efficiently. I find all these aspects of DragThing extremely helpful in speeding up my workflow. There are so many workflow ideas you can implement with DragThing. It is also a very stable application. I've been using DragThing for several years now, and it is one of the most well-behaving applications installed on my machine. It runs really well on older machines, too. I've run it on eMac/iMac 800Mhz G4 as well as iBook G3 500Mhz without any problems for years. The author of this application is very helpful and responsive. There is also a large community of DragThing users which includes some well-known experts. DragThing has been around for almost 14 years now, and it is considered one of the most popular shareware of all time. DragThing does have some learning curve, and it might take some playing around in order to realize all the features and potentials built into DragThing. But most things are just a matter of browsing the Preferences panel. I can certainly testify that the productivity gain DragThing gives me is more than enough to justify some learning curve. DragThing is more than a dock: It lets you have custom keyboard shortcuts for launching programs, files, opening folders, and running scripts. It works as a global sniplet holder for inserting frequently used text and image sniplets via clicking, custom keyboard shortcut, or drag & drop, in any programs. It can hold URLs, etc. just about any objects on your Mac and make it quick and easy to access them via mouse or via keyboard shortcut of your choice. DragThing also utilizes screen edges and corders very efficiently. I find all these aspects of DragThing extremely helpful in speeding up my workflow. There are so many workflow ideas you can implement with DragThing. It is also a very stable application. I've been using DragThing for several years now, and it is one of the most well-behaving applications installed on my machine. It runs really well on older machines, too. I've run it on eMac/iMac 800Mhz G4 as well as iBook G3 500Mhz without any problems for years. The author of this application is very helpful and responsive. There is also a large community of DragThing users which includes some well-known experts. DragThing has been around for almost 14 years now, and it is considered one of the most popular shareware of all time. DragThing does have some learning curve, and it might take some playing around in order to realize all the features and potentials built into DragThing. But most of it is just a matter of browsing the Preferences panel. I can certainly testify that the productivity gain DragThing gives me is more than enough to justify some learning curve. Overall, I strongly recommend DragThing. Excellent productivity enhancement utility.
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Version 5.9.3
AndreasMt
15 July 2019
I'm DragThing user from few years. Because of DragThing will not be available for macOS 10.15, I started to search a replacement. Recently I found iCollections and gave it a try. It imported all my docks and layers from DragThing! I also found it look more modern than DragThing. It is 64bit app, so will work on future macOS versions. I think iCollections has more config options and integrates better with macOS. Also must mention prompt support answers. Highly recommend as DragThing upgrade.
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Version 5.9.17
Altech
25 June 2019
I cannot believe that Dragthing works in Mojave 10.14.5. Just got a new iMac 27" i9 and didn't think it would work. But much to my surprise it did. Had to reconnect a few icons but no biggie. No glitches yet. Very happy it works. Been using it for many, many years and 3 Mac's (probably 20 years).
I don't think it will work with Catalina OS. But I didn't think it would work in Mojave OS. LOL
I have also loaded up Overflow 2.5.9 just in case Dragthing comes crashing down.
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Version 5.9.17
KatRoss
23 March 2019
Dragthing will be miss, I have it since ever? . I have tried so many apps to be ready when it will not work any longer but no luck. The only solution I found and it works pretty well, is to create two folders, one for the alias of the apps that were in Dragthing and one for the folders I use that were in a different drawer. I put the two folders in the dock (you can keep the original where is more convenient for you), and even changed the icon that looks like Dragthing but with different color, for the Apps folder. If you option click the folders in the dock, I chose Sort by Name, Display as Folder and View content as Automatic.This way both folders work similar to Dragthing: just one click and the folder displays its content, another click and I open what I need. The only thing I couldn't find yet is how to replace the sounds that I love so much. But for now it's a good replacement, free and easy to do.
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Version 5.9.17
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KatRoss
KatRoss
23 March 2019
Ok, found a way for sounds but now I'm missing the trash can on the desktop. With Terminal I'm able to have it but impossible to change it's icon, sadly: it's just an alias of a folder. : (
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TeRRyZx
07 February 2019
BEST APP EVER!!!
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Version 5.9.17
Tomq
05 January 2019
As a long-time very happy user of DragThing I am sad to hear that it will not be updated to work with future 64-bit-only MacOS’s. I have created Palettes using Keyboard Maestro. They are not anywhere as powerful and customizable as DragThing’s toobars, but they do work well. I will probably start replacing my DT toolbars with KM’s palettes in preparation for the late 2019 MacOS that will break DT. Thanks for the many years of outstanding service!!
Note that DT is now a free download on the DT website.
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Version 5.9.17
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Aargl
Aargl
28 January 2019
I've tried finding anything that could be a substitute to DragThing and nothing compares to it. :-(
I use it mainly for folders (plus the Apps drawer), am I mistaking or Keyboard Maestro's palettes are only launchers?
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Weaztek
Weaztek
03 February 2019
I too am a long-time user of DragThing and also can't believe it's going to break. I have my apps sorted into 4 layers and it's just so intuitive for me to use. I hope James changes his mind and rebuilds the app with the necessary 64 bit architecture.
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davidinracine
11 November 2018
I adore DragThing. It's been part of my Mac environment since around OS 10.3 or 10.4 (can't remember). Dragthing – you will be missed!
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Version 5.9.17
Fahirsch
04 October 2018
I upgraded to Mojave and now the icons are all OK. (see my comments of October 13, 2017. Let's enjoy the last year of Dragthing
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Version 5.9.17
Mikemuc
29 September 2018
Developer says that it will die. He won't update it from 32 to 64-Bit. Who knows something better?
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Version 5.9.17
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Lvdoc
Lvdoc
11 February 2019
There is nothing better, nor shall there ever be, I fear.
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Scott-C-H-
27 October 2017
For the first time in many years, James Thomson cracked and failed to release an update for the new OS release (High Sierra in this case). It is now clear that DragThing is deprecated. And Jame's own word supports this observation. DragThing developer discussed the current state of DragThing in the following podcast clip. Check it out at the 36:10 mark, especially after 36:38 mark.

https://www.macobserver.com/podcasts/tmo-background-mode-interview-tla-systems-founder-james-thomson/

He openly admits that he does not even have a development environment set up to work on updating DragThing for the latest OS. He also openly admits that he has not found enough incentive to put more effort into DragThing. Considering how much effort he will need to put into modernizing DragThing (6 months to a year), and the current state of the Mac app market (people are pretty much settled on Apple's default Dock, plus advanced users have settled on using a keyboard-based launcher such as LaunchBar, Alfred, and even Spotlight), it is extremely likely that he will eventually drop it altogether. Nearly all his revenue nowadays comes from PCalc, and there is not enough money to be made for DragThing.

Check out PCalc. It's far more useful than DragThing at this point albeit for a completely different purpose. James Thomson is an exceptional software developer!
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Version 5.9.17
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xcoxco
xcoxco
31 January 2018
Sorry to hear about DragThing's fate as a long-time user and fan.

So far, I have found nothing to replace it.

Including it's fully functional desktop trash can or wastebasket.

But it works fine under High Sierra. So I will continue as is.
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Lvdoc
Lvdoc
06 February 2018
Considering how many years - decades? - he's given us this, I'm not going to complain if he leaves it. He's given us more than most developers ever might. He's entitled.

I would hope, however, that he sells it. I say this mostly because I remember many years ago when the developer of Drop Drawers sold his program to James. There is simply no other program out there that does what Drag Thing can do. This seems like a legacy that should continue.
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Scott-C-H-
Scott-C-H-
09 February 2018
Honestly, I don't miss it a bit. I discovered that we all got used to whatever we decided to get used to doing. I used to regard DragThing as "must have" and "can't live without." I felt crippled on the Mac that didn't have DragThing. Now I don't even care. I've gotten so used to using all the default features effectively. The new habit eliminated the needs to tinker with so-called system enhancement utilities.

As for selling DragThing to another developer, I doubt it will happen. Simply put, there isn't a market for DragThing anymore. Most users will not see the need to go beyond what the Dock/LaunchPad/Spotlight do for them. Even if they did, they won't be willing to pay $29 for it regardless of how old fans insist that DragThing is worth that much. In the meanwhile, power users will go for a keyboard-based launcher such as Alfred if they will use a third-party launcher at all. I consider it a dead product category at this point.

All the best wishes to James Thomson and PCalc.
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Fahirsch
13 October 2017
It's still working in my High Sierra iMac. The only problem (since installing High Sierra) is that some icons have strange colorings and when launching the specific file the icons return to normal
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Version 5.9.17
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TeRRyZx
TeRRyZx
16 November 2017
Holding down command+option at start fixed the icon problem
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Fahirsch
Fahirsch
16 November 2017
Unfortunately "Holding down command+option at star" only works, at least for me, until next startup.
Proximately I'm going to clean installmy mac. Will see if it works.
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  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.7.4 or later
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