About TotalFinder

TotalFinder was tested to work with macOS 10.15 (Catalina) and later.
Unfortunately it requires a deep system tweak. Please read this page to learn more.

Do you have a machine with an Apple Silicon (M1, etc.) chip?
While TotalFinder is compatible with Apple Silicon, this is NOT officially supported by BinaryAge.
As a result, Apple Silicon support in TotalFinder must be manually enabled. You can find more info on how to do so in this page.

TotalFinder is just a better Finder

TotalFinder works like the normal Finder but adds tabs, dual panel, colored labels and other features.

My goal is to improve Finder in a few areas where it is lacking but keep the general design.

TotalFinder is a plugin, not a replacement

Please keep in mind that TotalFinder is an add-on which gets loaded into the Finder when you launch TotalFinder.app. It does not modify your Finder files on the disk. TotalFinder is installed as a standalone application. But when launched it changes the current instance of Finder running in memory. I call this process TotalFinder injection into Finder.

System updates from Apple

Due to the nature of how TotalFinder works, there is always a minor risk that TotalFinder might break with future Finder updates. Our entire team uses TotalFinder on a daily basis so we spot problems very quickly. So far, Finder updates have generally introduced minor changes. I am also a member of Apple’s Developer Program and have access to pre-release versions of system updates. I am committed to keeping TotalFinder compatible with Apple’s updates.

Please remember that if you ever experience any problem whatsoever, first check if you have running the latest version available. If yes, please report the issue on the forums or send us a support email. In the worst case, it is easy to uninstall TotalFinder and return to the Apple’s basic Finder.

How to restart the Finder

The easiest way is probably using Force Quit menu via ⌘+⌥+esc:

Alternatively you can run this command:

killall Finder

Killing Finder will restart Finder without injecting TotalFinder again. To reopen TotalFinder, launch TotalFinder.app in /Applications.