This seems to have been moved in bigsur. It used to be located in: ~/Library/Preferences/sidebarlists.plist

Im trying to back up my finder sidebar configuration. Copy and Pasting this plist file from Mac install to Mac install used to be the way.

  • I suspect that it is no longer in a plist.
    – Gilby
    Commented Apr 26, 2021 at 3:50

1 Answer 1


According to


the file is

~/Library/Application Support/com.apple.sharedfilelist/com.apple.LSSharedFileList.FavoriteItems.sfl

I have confirmed by deleting this and relaunching the Finder. The Finder creates a new blank, presumably from the User Template.

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