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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AndreasMt
15 July 2019

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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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mydesign
03 December 2019
Macupdate says that´s FREE, It does not seam so...
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Viktor MacUpdate
Viktor MacUpdate
03 December 2019
The "Free" plaque refers to the fact that there is a free download of the application available. Sorry for the confusion!
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RavenNevermore
29 November 2019
For everyone lamenting the demise of DT and looking for a replacement; check out TabLauncher. It's pretty much the same thing, and there is a free Lite version. It's on the Mac App Store. I have been using DragThing every since the late 90s... even with SpotLight andLaunchPad, I use DragThing almost daily. Sad to see it go, but happy I found a replacement.
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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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RavenNevermore
RavenNevermore
28 November 2019
Can you explain how you got iCollections to import your DragThing dock and layers? I see no way to do that.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lvdoc
Lvdoc
11 February 2019
There is nothing better, nor shall there ever be, I fear.
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