Yoink - Improved Drag & Drop File Management

Developer: Matthias Gansrigler

Current Version: 3.3.1

Last Updated: 22 days ago

Download Size: 12.1 MB - Download


Yoink simplifies and improves drag and drop between windows, apps, spaces and fullscreen apps.
The app has been repeatedly featured by on the Mac App Store in numerous categories and was recommended by John Gruber of DaringFireball and Federico Viticci of MacStories.

When you start dragging files in Finder or content from an application, Yoink fades in a tiny window at the edge of your screen so you can drag to it.
This frees up your mouse so you can comfortably navigate to the destination of the files and resume the drag from Yoink's window more comfortably.

For a quick video introduction, further information and tips and tricks for getting the most out of Yoink, please visit its website.

Here's what customers say about Yoink:
"Essential. One of the few apps I use all the time." - Kraznoff, US App Store
"Simple, elegant, perfect. This is a fantastic app. It works flawlessly". - Benwiggy, UK App Store
"Handiest utility I ever purchased." - Nrgwise, US App Store

Here's what the press says about Yoink:
"Yoink is a terrific utility for macOS" - John Gruber, DaringFireball.net
"Yoink is a fantastic way to enhance drag'n'drop. Highly recommended." - Federico Viticci, MacStories.net
"Yoink is an awesome drag and drop utility for the Mac and is instrumental to me when working with full screen apps." - Jeff Benjamin, iDownloadBlog
"Yoink makes drag and drop easier." - Dan Frakes, Macworld
"Yoink really makes the whole drag and drop process much less stressful." - Whitson Gordon, lifehacker.com
"I absolutely love this little utility, it's one of the few I've come across that has had staying powers on my Macs." - James Dempsey, The Graphic Mac

If you have any feedback or questions, please do not hesitate to write me by mail at [email protected], or on twitter at @YoinkApp or @eternalstorms.
Thank you.


Release Notes:

Improvements in Yoink 3.3.1:
- The amount of files you drag out of Yoink are now shown next to your cursor
- Two options for automatically adjusting Yoink's window size: 3 items minimum, and 1 item minimum
- In most cases, images dragged from applications (like Safari) are now available for dragging right away, instead of being greyed out for a little while
- Large drag previews are now resized so they don't cover Yoink's window anymore
- Nicer drag previews when dragging to Yoink
- On macOS Sierra 10.12 and "higher", Yoink now uses "responsive scrolling" (for a smoother scrolling experience)
- Improved fetching of favicons
- When dragging a URL as plain text, it's now turned into a webloc file instead of a text clipping

Bug fixes in Yoink 3.3.1:
- Fixes a rare bug where URLs with umlauts in them would turn into folders instead of webloc files
- Fixes an issue where the window's background image would be cached the wrong way
- Fixes a bug where some webloc files would not have a proper filename
- Fixes an issue with a "higher" version of macOS Sierra where files would be in Yoink, but invisible
- Fixes another issue with a "higher" version macOS Sierra where selected files would have a darker, and harder to see, file icon

Previously, in Yoink 3.3:
New Features:
- Bring back Yoink's last removed files (by press-holding its keyboard shortcut pressed or right-clicking onto Yoink's window)
- More easily add links from your browser to Yoink by right-clicking onto it in your browser and selecting Share -> Yoink
- Share files right from within Yoink
- webloc files can now optionally show favicons for quicker identification
- A new Alfred File Action allows you to quickly send files from Alfred to Yoink (activate it in Yoink's "Advanced" preferences)

- Yoink's menu bar icon can now be dragged off like other system menu bar icons (on macOS Sierra 10.12 and newer)
- Improved "Open With..." menu which lets you launch the Mac App Store with an extension search right away, just like in Finder
- Improves compatibility with Safari's bookmarks list (i.e., moving items)
- Works around Firefox's promised-drag issues, reinstating compatibility with it
- Improved and more efficient background drawing of Yoink's window
- When trying to remove a pinned file, the file's lock icon now shakes from the center, not the lower left corner (finally!)
- Improved drag recognition: My huge thanks goes to Nick Moore of Pilotmoon Software for his help and insights in the matter

Thank you for using Yoink and the great feedback you've been giving me.
You're cordially invited to visit my blog (http://blog.eternalstorms.at) or to follow me on twitter (@YoinkApp & @eternalstorms) if you'd like to follow the development process of my apps or get tips and tricks on how to get the most out of them.
I'm also providing a newsletter, which you can sign-up to at http://eternalstorms.at/newsletter
Thank you kindly,
- Matt


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 3.1
Review by pandapaulie

Phenomenally useful - Yoink is like those telescoping magnets that you use to fish your keys out of a drain - you wonder why you bought it, then realize that it’s absolutely the most amazing little tool when the time is right. It just hangs out in your menu bar, being all unobrusive and small, but when you need to copy files between spaces, or you just don’t remember where you put that one window to drop your files, Yoink is there, saying, “It’s cool man, I got you. Just rest those files right here, I’ll keep them nice and fresh for when you find a place to drop ‘em.” Then Yoink eases out of view, smooth as can be, just chilling until it can be useful again.

Found helpful by 14 out of 16 people
Version 3.0.5
Review by mortsahl

Does not work on rMBP - It flat out doesn’t work. It doesn’t open when the mouse is on the edge of the screen, doesn’t open at start of drag. If you change its open position it opens for about 5 seconds then goes away. Waste of money.

Found helpful by 1 out of 3 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 3.3.1
Review by Jaime_99

Simple, effect, unobtrusive, …and nice with iPhoto - Yoink is one of those great tools that does one regular job really well, simplifying file-movement from folder to folder. It does it easily and intuitively, …and unobtrusively! It solved a particularly annoying problem for me, allowing me to simply drag an image directly from Apple’s Photo App into the Yoink popup box, then immediately into my Weebly website creation screen. I had not found a way to do that directly (and often). For me it was a great find, and well worth the modest cost. [Look at all those five-star user ratings!!]

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 3.3.1
Review by dianeoforegon

Indespensible for productivity - Yoink is an app you think you don’t need until you try it. Then you wonder how you ever lived without it.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 3.3.1
Review by Darcythe2nd

Purchased but it won’t open. - Nothing happens when I click on it to open.

Found helpful by 0 out of 1 people
Version 3.3.1
Review by xasey

Perfect Across Spaces - Yoink makes dragging and dropping across multiples spaces easy. Also, I asked the developer about a feature,and it was added to the menus in the next version. Great app and developer!

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 3.3.1
Review by MacReza

Super Handy App - One must have app. Go ahead and get it, makes life much easier!

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people