FileBrowser Pro for Mac UserGuide

Follow Our Simple Step by Step Guides

Set your home folder

Simply click "My Mac"" on the home screen, select your home folder on your Mac and click "Open".

You can relink this by clicking the context menu on the location on your home screen and clicking "Unlink".

How to add a location using FileBrowser Pro for Mac How to add a location using FileBrowser Pro for Mac

Connect to Other Computers and Drives

To add other locations such as network drives, USB, other computers or your cloud storage, simply click "Add Location" from the home screen and follow the dialog steps.

For more specific help on getting connected see the following guides:

Connect to your Storage

Connect via SMB3 with FileBrowser Pro on your Mac

SMB 1, 2 & 3

Connect to WebDAV servers with FileBrowser Pro on your Mac


Connect to your FTP / SFTP servers with FileBrowser Pro on your Mac


Copy files from Box to other sources using your Mac


Connect and Browse your Digital Ocean folders on your Mac using FileBrowser Pro

Digital Ocean

Connect and browse your OneDrive for Business folders on your Mac using FileBrowser Pro

OneDrive for Business

Connect and Browse your Sharepoint folders on your Mac using FileBrowser Pro


Using Tabs in FileBrowser Pro for Mac

A document explorer app using tabs like a browser

Having multiple Tabs open can speed up your productivity. Simply copy files from one tab to another.

Create a new Tab by clicking the "+" icon next to the first Tab and navigate to any of your storage locations.

You can even drag and drop files between your open Tabs.

Jump to Recent Folders or Files

Click the Recent icon which displays folders that you have recently interacted with.

View your recently accessed folders on your Mac

Add Favourites to your Home Screen

Add your Favourite locations to the top of the Home Screen, speeding up your workflow. Drag Favourites to re-order them.

Pin your favourite connections to the home screen of FileBrowser

Create a New Window

Open as many FileBrowser Pro windows as you like simply hold down "CMD" and press "n" for a new window.

Create new windows in FileBrowser Pro for Mac

Drag and Drop Files Between Windows

Single File Drag Drop

Press and hold a file, then drag the file into either another windows or tab.

Multi File Drag Drop

Click "Select" in the top right corner, now you are in multi-selection mode and can select many files and folders. Double click to select a range of files. Then drag one of the selected files into either a new window or tab. See the Multi-select section.

Drag and drop files into folders using your Mac
Please Note

If you drag files to somewhere on the same location you will move the files.
If you drag files to another location the files will be copied.

Access folder view options in FileBrowser Pro on your Mac

Folder View Options

FileBrowser Pro remembers the View mode, Sort order and even Zoom level, per folder. Perfect for Photos or Files.


Single column showing file details.


Grid of icons or image thumbnails.


Two or three columns showing file details.


Large preview, with menu off to the side.

In Grid and List view use pinch to zoom the thumbnails, this can also be done via the slider in the sort menu.


Sort by one of the options below in either ascending or descending order, you can also sort by folders first.

  • Sort by Name
  • Sort Folders First
  • Sort by Date
  • Sort by Size
  • Sort by Type
Select the files actions menu in FileBrowser Pro on your Mac

File Actions Menu

Simply right click a folder or file to access the file actions menu.


Preview the selected file and allow it to be launched by your editor application.

Get Folder Info

This displays a popup showing a summary of file & folder size and content categories.

Markup / Print

This views files using an alternate viewer with annotation features. clicking the menu button in this mode allows you to print your document.

Open as Text

Open the file and treat it as containing only text.


Copy a file.

How to use multiple select


Move a file to selected folder.


Make a duplicate of the current file.


Rename the file or bulk rename multiple files.

How to use bulk rename


Delete a file or folder.


Share your file to another app, including via social media such as Facebook, Twitter, or iMessage etc.

Google Drive Share

If you have shared a folder from Google Drive you can manage that list here.


Export a file to a folder of another app.
Export a Folder into Another App

Email Attachment

Attach a file to an Email.

Zip this Folder

Create a Zip file of the selected folder.

Or in multi select mode, if you have several files selected, you can also create a zip file.

Create PDF

Convert an Image into a PDF file.

Queue Audio

Add a music track to the now playing list.

Create Slideshow

Create a slideshow from the selected folder.

How to Create a Slideshow on Mac

Create a Sync Task

Setup a Sync Task to copy files and folders to Filebrowser Pro.

How to Sync Files on Mac

Create a Backup Task

Setup a Backup Task to copy files or folders from one destination to another.

How to Backup Files on Mac

Create a File Link

Create a server path link for SMB or FTP servers.

Create file links that you can email or paste into a folder.

Add to Favourites

Add the current folder to the favourites section on the homepage.

Access your USB drives using your Mac

USB Drives

Simply plug in your USB drive and follow the instructions below:

  • From FileBrowser Pro's Home screen click "Add Location"

  • Then click "USB Drive"

  • From here, click "Select Location" and select your USB device.

  • You can also rename it, at this point, click "Save" and thats it.

You can add multiple USB drives and FileBrowser Pro will remember them.

Export files to other apps on your Mac


Easily export your files to your iCloud Drive or another apps shared folder using the steps below:

  • Click "Export" from the file menu icon and the macOS folder picker will appear.

  • Select a folder to export the file to that location.

Also see Import

How to select multiple files and folders in Filebrowser Pro on your Mac

Multi File Select Mode

Step 1

Click and hold a file or a folder to enter multi select mode or click the "Select" button on the top toolbar.

Step 2

Then select additional files and or folders by holding down "CMD" and left clicking each item.

You can also select groups of files by clicking the first file then hold down "Shift" and left click the last file, all files in between become selected.
Step 3

Then click "Copy" or click the toolbar to access more options such as Rename, Share, Create Zip and Email attachments.

  • Cancel multi-selection mode, press "Esc" or click the "Cancel" button.
  • To complete a copy or move, navigate to where you want your files or folders to be and click the toolbar button "Paste X files here...".

How to Bulk Rename Files on Mac

Renaming hundreds of files at once on your Mac, Computer or in the Cloud has never been easier.

Let's show you how to rename multiple files on your Mac using Filebrowser Pro's Bulk rename tools.

Add Text to Multiple Files at Once on Mac

You can add text to the beginning or the end of all the files you selected. For example "Presentation_Filename.pdf" or "Filename_Presentation.pdf".

bulk rename tools for your Mac

Find and Replace Text on Multiple Files on Mac

Find and replace words within your file names. For example you could bulk rename all ".jpeg" files to ".jpg" files or replace "_DCS" as the prefix for all your files and change it to "IMG_".

This method would preserve existing image numbers in the filename.

How to find and replace file names in FileBrowser Pro

Add a Custom Format to Multiple Files on Mac

Add an Index, a Counter or a Date before or after your existing filenames by leaving the Custom Format box empty. For example:

  • "IMG_0.jpg" Index
  • "IMG_0000.jpg" Counter
  • "IMG_2018-09-27 at 15.46.36.jpg" Date

If you use the Custom Format box, existing file names will be replaced with the text. For example if you want to rename all your photos that were previously something like this:

  • "IMG_0156.JPG"
  • "_DSC0267543.JPG"
  • "Family_Holiday_9342.JPG"

You can rename them all to be "Holiday_(date).JPG", replacing any names they previously had.

batch rename utility for Mac
Sync folders from cloud storage or other computers to your Mac with FileBrowser Pro Sync tasks

Create Sync Tasks on macOS

Sync files and entire folders from your computers, servers or the cloud directly to FileBrowser Pro on your Mac.

To choose which files or folders you want to Sync follow these steps:

  • Right click a folder or file, on the context menu select "Create Sync Task"
  • The content will be downloaded to FileBrowser Pro under the new location 'Sync Files' on the home screen.
  • You may setup as many Sync Tasks as you wish.
Backup folders from any location to another location using FileBrowser Pro Backup tasks on your Mac

Create Backup Tasks on macOS

Backup content to your computer, network drive or cloud storage.

Backup any folder to any other folder in any location.

Follow these steps:

  • Right click a folder or file and select "Create Backup Task" on the context menu.
  • Navigate to the location you want to back up the selected file to.
  • Once in the correct folder, click the "Backup to (Your folder)" option at the top of the dialog. Then confirm your choice.
  • You can check on your Backed up files under the "Sync Files" section on the home screen.
How to create documents in a specific folder on your Mac

Toolbar Actions Menu


Paste to complete a copy or move action.

Rename Files

Rename the file or bulk rename multiple files.

How to use bulk rename

Email Attachment

Attach multiple files to an email.

Create Zip File

Compress all files selected into a single zip file.

Create PDF File

Convert multiple images into a single PDF.

Create Slideshow

Create a slideshow from the images or folders selected.

How to Create a SlideShow on Mac

Show Email

Show me the Email with all the Attachments I have added so far.

Share Files

Share multiple files.
How to Share Multiple Files on Mac

Create a Folder

Create a Folder.

Create a Text File

Create a new text file and edit its contents.


Use Finder to choose a file or folder to copy into the current folder.
How to Import Files from Finder

Download from URL

Download any file from the web. Just copy the URL and paste it into FileBrowser to save a local copy.

Paste macOS Clipboard

Paste an image or text thats on the macOS Clipboard into a new file.

Record Audio

Record a voice memo to the current folder.

Search folders for files

  • Navigate to the location or folder you want to search, then click the "Search" icon on the top toolbar.

  • Type in the box at the top of the screen.

  • Press "Enter" on the keyboard and you will be asked if you want to search this folder only or all sub folders.

Easily Import files into FileBrowser from other apps


Easily Import files from finder to remote locations such as Google Drive or a Windows PC.

  • In the folder you want to Import the file into, click "Import" from the toolbar menu icon and finder will appear.

  • Select the file you wish to Import and it will be copied to the current folder.

Easily add Bookmarks to folder locations or PDF files using FileBrowser Pro

Bookmarks and History

Bookmarks are a great feature of FileBrowser Pro. You can use them in two ways: Folder Bookmarks & Document Bookmarks.

Folder Bookmarks

If you have folders on your computer that you use all the time such as My Documents, Photo Library or Movies, create a bookmark to them. These will become your shortcuts and save you time navigating through folders to get to where you want.

Create a Bookmark
  • Click the Bookmark icon and click the + icon.

  • You can give it a more memorable name then click add.

Open a Bookmark
  • Click the Bookmark icon and your existing Bookmarks are listed.

  • Just select one and FileBrowser Pro will connect and browse to the Bookmarked folder.

Document Bookmarks
Bookmark folder locations for quick access on your Mac using FileBrowser Pro

If you are reading a long PDF, whether it's a book or a presentation or a legal document, add a bookmark. When you click that bookmark, FileBrowser Pro will remember the location in the file and open it where you left off.

From this page you can add a Bookmark:

  • Click the Bookmark icon in the toolbar

  • Then click '+', for rapid navigation to this file next time.

See the File Actions Menu

See the history of files accessed in FileBrowser Pro

FileBrowser Pro automatically remembers the most recently visited files and folders, and with a single click you can re-open a file or rapidly browse to a folder.

  • Click the Bookmarks icon in the toolbar

  • Select the History tab.

Annotate your PDFs or Images on Mac

PDF and Image Annotation

Annotate your PDFs to make comments, highlight text and use the drawing tools. Once you have finished annotating your document or image FileBrowser will save the new file and keep the original as a backup.

  • Right click a file and select "Markup File/Print" on the file context menu.
  • Click the annotate icon in the top right, this will display the annotation menu.
  • You have the following tools:
    • Pen
    • Pencil
    • Eraser
    • Text
    • Highlighter
  • After you have finished annotating your photo or PDF simply click "Done" Then "Close".
  • You will be prompted to save the file with a another name, so it wont overwrite your original.
View CBR or CBZ Comic book files on your Mac with FileBrowser Pro

Comicbook Viewing

View your comics collection stored in CBR or CBZ files. View images within any ZIP or RAR file.

  • Simply click the comic file and FileBrowser Pro will open it in the comic viewer.

  • Just use the left and right arrow keys to turn the pages.

  • Tap "Done" to exit the comic viewer.

Create and save Slideshows on your Mac

Create Slideshows on Mac

Create Slideshows in FileBrowser

Create slideshows and save them for later use. Access them from FileBrowser Pro's home screen of the app, simply select "Slideshows".

To create a Slideshow do the following either:

  • Right click a folder and select "Create Slideshow" on the context menu.

This will create a slideshow of all the images inside that folder and its subfolders.

  • Select multiple images, then click the Toolbar Actions menu and select "Create Slideshow".

This will create a new Slideshow with only the images you have selected.

To change the delay, transitions and order in the Image Viewer click the Actions Menu and select "Slideshow Settings".

How to access the your Image Actions Menu in FileBrowser Pro on your Mac

Image Viewer Actions Menu

This can be accessed on the top toolbar when viewing an image.

Image Properties

Display your image properties (EXIF data) such as dimensions, color mode, latitude, camera model etc.


Annotate your images with markers or text tools, then you can save it as a new file.

Slideshow Settings

Change delays and transitions.

How to Change Slideshow Settings on Mac


Share your file via mail, AirDrop, or iMessage etc.

Email Attachment

Attach document or image to an Email.


Refresh the current view.

Browse and sort your Photos by name or date, even change the view modes.
Accessing your Photos

You can access the photos in the Mac Photo app. Click the "Photo Library" location.

Selecting Multiple Images

Select multiple images in the image view by clicking the Tick icon in the toolbar. Selecting them turns the tick green like the screenshot. When you have finished cick "Done" you will be returned to the folder view in select mode where you can choose to copy, move, delete, or share those images.


When in the image viewer, use pinch to Zoom. A double click will set the zoom level back to its original size.

Tag Your Photos with XMP on Mac

Star rate your photos with XMP on your Mac with FileBrowser Pro

Update or create new XMP sidecar files for images and rapidly update rejection and star rate your photos.

Step 1

Select an image to enter full screen mode, then click the 'i' information icon in the top toolbar.

Step 2

You can star rate or reject your photos using the icons in the top of the information panel.

You can also check all your EXIF data to your photographs such as Exposure time, shutter speed etc.

Playing Movies

Play movie files

Simply click the Movie file you want to play and it will auto start, click in the center of the screen to pause the video. Once paused you can click anywhere on the screen to bring up the additional controls.

Subtitle Support

If your movies have embedded subtitles, simply select the ones you want to display.

Movie playback with subtitle support on your Mac

Video Language Support

If your movies have embedded audio languages, simply select one from the list.

Movie playback with video language support on your Mac

Supported video formats

FileBrowser can play all video formats supported by Apple, including the following:

  • MP4
  • MOV
  • M4V
  • 3GP
  • 3G2
  • AVI

(AVI files containing DIVX/MPG and other non-Apple formats are not supported).

DRM Protected Movies from iTunes
Apple prevent movies purchased from iTunes being streamed to non-Apple apps.

Play music

FileBrowser can play most music file types including Hi-Res FLAC. Featuring several play modes including:

Album mode

Album mode

Play selected track and the remaining ones in the folder.

Single mode

Single mode

Selecting a track from a folder queues and plays it once.

Repeat mode

Repeat mode

Play selected track and all others in the folder continuously.

Shuffle mode

Shuffle mode

Play selected track and others in the folder randomly.

Queue tracks

You can play queue tracks to play by pressing the context menu on a track and select "Queue Audio". This will place it in the now playing queue.

Edit track order

Re-order queued tracks, Simply click "Edit", then drag the tracks into the order you want and click "Done".

Podcasts & Audiobooks

  • You can rewind or fast forward 15 secs at a time
  • Speed Up and slow down track playback. Great for audiobooks.

MusicStreamer for Mac

For a dedicated music player on Mac, try our MusicStreamer app

Learn more about our iTunes Alternative for macOS

Import and Export your Configuration files

If you already have one of our FileBrower apps on your iPad or iPhone, simply export your confuration file to setup FileBrowser Pro. This includes all your preferences and connection details. The passwords used to access remote locations are not included in the configuration file and will need to be reentered after importing into FileBrowser Pro.

Show me how to use Configuration files