Is there any way to get tabs in Finder? I often need to open many finder windows at the same time and it pollutes my desktop.


With the native Finder app that comes with OS X is not possible to have tabs.
If you really need them you can use some Finder replacement app, like TotalFinder or PathFinder (both not free).

  • I wouldn't classify TotalFinder a "replacement", but PathFinder sure seems like a replacement and consequently comes with a slight learning curve. TotalFinder is simple in that it only adds one real big feature; tabs. A recent update has also added cut & paste. The other features are relatively minor and most folks won't touch them. – Randy6T9 Feb 4 '11 at 0:25
  • @Randy6T9 One added feature I like about TotalFinder is "Folders on Top". – Chris W. Rea Jul 4 '12 at 17:59

TotalFinder "brings tabs to your native Finder". It's commercial software, however. There are some other Finder replacements as well.


A free alternative for OS X 10.6.8 to 10.8.2 is also XtraFinder, which supports Tabs as well.

  • Came here to say this. – Ben Mordecai Jan 5 '13 at 22:22

it was already mentioned but PathFinder is an incredible app. Plus there is a mac bundle site with it on discount right now. MacPromo Bundle


Mavericks (MacOS X 10.9) brings us native tabs in the Finder (finally).


IMO, I would wait before buying any program/app, as the new OS from apple, aka: lion, will probably address the finder and its shortcomings.

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    don't hold your breath or you might suffocate... – Robert S Ciaccio Dec 9 '10 at 20:21
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    They've gone upwards of 9 years without meaningfully changing the Finder. It's simple. Why would they change it now? (iOS Conspiracy Theorists would now way: They will remove it, in Lion.) – Jason Salaz Dec 9 '10 at 20:39
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    rubbish. the finder is going to be updated. – fady Dec 9 '10 at 21:11
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    @debug: lol, i love your optimism! :P – Robert S Ciaccio Dec 10 '10 at 16:27
  • @debug: and in your optimism you’re going to be at least a full year (at least) without tabs? I believe TotalFinder works now. OS X Lion? We’ll see, but that’s probably a year from now… – Martin Marconcini Dec 10 '10 at 16:57

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