Path Finder
Path Finder
8.6

3.5

Path Finder free download for Mac

Path Finder

8.6
13 August 2019

Powerful, award-winning Finder alternative.

Overview

Path Finder makes you a master of file management. Take full control over your file system. Save your time: compare and synchronize folders, view hidden files, use Dual Pane and full keyboard navigation to browse your file system. Work how you want: extreme customization allows you to access most tools in many different ways to suit your workflow. Work seamlessly with other platforms: don't leave any hidden .DS_Store files on non-Mac volumes, delete files securely and completely with the powerful delete feature from any volume type, search any network volume.

Features
  • View and manipulate hidden files
  • Dual Pane View
  • Full keyboard navigation
  • Folder comparison and synchronization
  • Folder merging
  • Batch renaming
  • Powerful file filtering
  • One-click dual-pane copy
  • Bookmarks and Tab Presets
  • ACL editor
  • File tagging
  • Editable Path Navigator
  • Powerful low-level search
  • Smart sorting
  • Advanced selection
  • Integrated terminal
  • Integrated text and image editors

Unfortunately, we no longer support nor distribute PF5 or below. Click here to learn how to upgrade to a current version.

What's new in Path Finder

Version 8.6:
  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

Requirements for Path Finder

  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.11.0 or later

477 Path Finder Reviews

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Wolpertinger
15 November 2013

Most helpful

A lot of useful features as a Finder replacement. However, I encountered several stability issues, with the program sometimes crashing for no obvious reason. It also has problems with directories on network drives, with views not getting updated. My biggest gripe however is that on my ML Server machine, Pathfinder seems to cause random dismounts of network shares, even in the midst of a file copy operation! Since June, I contacted the developers three times about this, once on their forum, and twice via email. I never got any reply. Have to say that I am very disappointed...
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Version 6.4
mui68k
14 August 2019
In the years since Apple changed up the fonts and shadows used throughout macOS - Path Finder hasn't kept up one bit.. It's probably a good product now at version 8. I only have license for Path Finder 7 and that suits me well.
I don't use PathFinder currently and probably won't ever again after seeing the mess that is PathFinder 8.

I contacted the team? behind Path Finder; cocoatech a long time ago about the times when I want to use PathFinder as a complete Finder replacement, including using the desktop portion of Path Finder for the complete package.. It looks terribly wrong with modern macOS - sometime after Mavericks the font and shadows on the desktop hasn't been the same.

I haven't gotten any reply to the feature request. via Twitter.
And now the application is at version 8.6. I would be very surprised if cocoatech changed the font appearance on the desktop for the Show Path Finder Desktop feature. I will revisit my comment after trying the new version which claims to have macOS Catalina compatibility.

So one last time I'm downloading PathFinder 8.x.

Edit .. Less than one minute later and PathFinder is downloaded and tried the Show Path Finder Desktop. It looks no less than awful still. What an oversight..
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Version 8.6
john-1234
30 June 2019
It looks promising, but still can't get the tiny useful details correct.
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Version 8.5.4
1 answer(s)
Lvdoc
Lvdoc
13 August 2019
Can you please give an example of what constitutes a tiny useful detail that isn't correct? Thanks.
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Mcr
26 June 2019
Feeling nice today, so just leaving a Comment instead of a star Review. I've tried every major release of PF since v4, because I know someday my tried and true TotalFinder will no longer be available as Apple continues to lock down the OS. I can not give a vote of confidence to PF v8. Main issues, aside from the looks, which is a matter of taste anyways, is 1) high CPU usage, even when 'dormant', 2) Favorites keep disappearing or reset.; 3) inconsistent search results.....there's more but let's just stop there. On a top of the line Macmini 2018 with i7 6 core/12 thread cpu, PF still intermittently pauses briefly, CPU spikes, while not performing any other user operation other than just scrolling through folder lists. Seriously, what could it POSSIBLY be doing that requires that much CPU. My main need is having a fast and responsive dual pane file manager, seeing two lists side by side, the rest is just icing (to me). But, I am used to having a Sidebar too, so dual pane apps like Commander One etc, without a sidebar don't appeal. At some point, TotalFinder and XtraFinder will be dead (already on life support).....ah, what to do, what to do .....
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Version 8.5.4
dwp-1
25 May 2019
I for one appreciate that the developer sticks to developing PathFinder. Last I knew he did most of the coding himself which tells me he is an extremely intelligent person. Coding a front end for a operating system is extremely difficult and I believe he has done very well keeping up with the Finder, adding additional features not available in the Finder. PathFinder is stable and of course has bugs as does **every** software package on the market. I applaud the developer for sticking with PathFinder for all these years. I personally have purchased and used every version of PathFinder since it was released and am proud of it. Instead of ripping the developer apart because he doesn't have a feature you want, develop your own front end for macOS, Jeshush and Xipper, you two both sound like geniuses.
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Version 8.5
5 answer(s)
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
10 June 2019
Jordan from the Path Finder Support Team said this in the support forum in Jan. 2019:

"I'd like to point out that PF8 is a foundation for further updates and improvements which are coming as soon as our developers deal with the major issues."

So there's apparently multiple developers.
And they sold a foundation as a finished project.

That's like a construction company passing off a foundation as a finished building and saying they'll add rooms later once they finish dealing with the major issues like cracking concrete.

IMO anyone who was duped into buying their "foundation" is owed a refund. We are paying customers, not unwitting beta testers willing to wait god-knows-how-long for the "major issues" to be worked out.

PF8 should never have been released with known MAJOR ISSUES!

Version 7 has its own issues, but at least it's more than a foundation and that's why I've continued using it.
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dwp-1
dwp-1
10 June 2019
First the Major Issues may not have been known until PF 8 was released. Developers does not have the ability to try their software on every different combination of hardware on the market. This is why you often see a .01 release shortly after a major update. It is the developer fixing all the bugs found from the major release.

I did say "last I knew", not that it makes a difference how many developers are actually writing PF8. I do know it is a major undertaking writing a front end for any OS. The added features that PF8 brings to the Mac is the reason people purchase his software. What are the major issues you are experiencing? I am sure the Developer would want to know about these major issues in order to fix them.

Duped? Who duped you?

I suggest you stick to the Finder and ask for a refund if you are unhappy.
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Big Johnson
Big Johnson
10 June 2019
No one duped the Big J.
I tried v8, thought it sucked and reverted to v7.


PF8 was released on 5/23/18.
Eight months later they were still saying there were "major issues."

Well then, IMO all the unsatisfied guinea pigs should have received a refund! They paid for functional, ready-to-use-software, not a broken foundation.
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dwp-1
dwp-1
10 June 2019
I agree, I don't think anyone could dupe you. I just implied from your statement that you feel duped. "IMO anyone who was duped into buying their "foundation" is owed a refund. We are paying customers, not unwitting beta testers willing to wait god-knows-how-long for the "major issues" to be worked out" mean't you felt duped, since you actually stated that. My bad!

You don't seem to want to state exactly what problems you are having. Your response seems to based on something you read and you don't even have a problem with the software. Am I wrong? Anybody can say pretty much anything on the internet. I am confident that the developer would want to know of a Major Issue. If there was one.
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Did you ask the developer for a refund?
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Big Johnson
Big Johnson
11 June 2019
"WE" was obviously a reference to EVERYONE who used the app.

I'm not having ANY problems with PF8 because, AS I SAID, I am using version 7 now after a very brief trial of PF8.

As i said, I did not like it. That's personal experience, not "something I read on the Internet."

Obviously the developer IS aware of major problems because THEY SAID SO in January.

THEY called it a foundation with "major issues," NOT ME.

Someday I may try v9 if PF ever matures that far and is vastly improved. Even with its many flaws I still prefer PF7 to Apple's version.
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Xipper
14 January 2019
This used to be my goto app as a Finder replacement, however the developer now cashes checks but delivers no value. It is fraught with bugs and major defects that last for many versions that completely prevent it from being usable. It corrupts your ability to use Finder, it is a resource hog and contributes to many system hangs and crashes.
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Version 8.3.7
2 answer(s)
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
09 February 2019
STILL full of bugs?!

I keep checking to see if they've got their shit together.
Apparently not, so I'll continue using PF7 for the foreseeable future.

This is a perfect example of why I'll NEVER pay for a subscription to ANY software. I'd be extremely PO'd right now if I'd been paying monthly for software with never-ending problems.

BUILD IT, TEST IT RIGOROUSLY, RELEASE IT.

Cocoatech builds it, releases it and expects paying users to test it.
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Lvdoc
Lvdoc
25 May 2019
Which bugs, specifically? It's been working fine for me, for many, many months.

How, specifically, does it corrupt your ability to use the Finder?

These are strong claims you make that do not coincide with direct experience. I ask you to please provide actual evidence to back this up. Otherwise, please temper your claims.
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Scott-C-H-
02 November 2018
Bloated, and quite frankly, unnecessary. I use ForkLift or Terminal commands if I need to perform some UNIX-ish file operations. I used it for several years until v.7 but I found myself not using it for anything. So I ditched 1.5 years ago and never missed it or felt inconvenient at all.
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Version 8.3.2
Maclover1-1
28 October 2018
I randomly lose some customisations and way too often. I'll have to get back to just Finder and Default Folder combo. less customisation, monochrome sidebar icons and non-adaptative column width.. but PF has been giving me much heartache and wasted a lot of my time, which no productivity tool ever.
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Version 8.3.2
rw49
28 October 2018
Thanks for all the work you've put in to make this a very pleasant use with Mojave and the dark theme, which you've finally got right! Like lots of others I found the change from version 7 difficult with Modules instead of the sidebar but the learning process wasn't difficult and I'm more than happy with version. Too many people don't RTFM!! ;-)
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Version 8.3.2
mb-14
26 October 2018
Works nicely, now also with dark theme.
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Version 8.3.2
Rjmorita
23 October 2018
Works and looks much better now.
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Version 8.3
2 answer(s)
Lvdoc
Lvdoc
24 October 2018
I agree. It certainly started with a slew of changes and problems, but maybe no one's noticed that, over the past few weeks, they've come out with quite a few updates. They're clearly working to get on top of things.
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Big Johnson
Big Johnson
28 October 2018
That’s good to hear, Rjmorita.

By the time they kill all the bugs in these shitty beta versions it’ll be time for v9.

There are now more than 20 pages of issues posted in the support forum for v8. http://support.cocoatech.com/discussions/problems
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