I'm not sure whether this is actually possible or not but I'm trying to add a newly created folder into the favorites section of the Finder window.

If it is possible how can I achieve this? I have googled for this but couldn't find anything concrete. Any help will be greatly appreciated.


The information about what appears in the Favorites section of the finder windows is kept in the configuration file:


there is an explanation of the file's contents here:

and macOS includes a tool to manipulate the plists from terminal:

You can find an introduction to the tool here:

and a sample discussion about using it here:

However, if you don't want to figure out everything by yourself you can use an utility published on github that manages the sidebar contents from the terminal line:



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    Unfortunately it seems the file com.apple.sidebarlists.plist is no longer present in MacOS High Sierra. – user91203 Jul 15 '18 at 14:25

Theres a binary file at ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

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    Welcome to Ask Different! Could you please explain how this helps in solving the OP's problem? – Glorfindel Nov 20 '18 at 20:28

Navigate to the parent of your newly created folder (cd ..) and run open . Your newly created folder should appear in Finder. Select it, press File -> Add to sidebar. Your folder is now present on the Favourites column

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    How does this qualify as a Terminal-based solution? – nohillside Oct 13 '19 at 10:14

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