I wish to see who created a file or who has ownership of a file within the list view of Finder.

Specifically I'm looking at a network Samba volume and can see the owner and group within Terminal.

UPDATE: Using the finder to show the permissions is not enough as it does not tell me who the owner is. Notice below two users have the "Read & Write" permission.

Multiple read & write for a file in finder

Inspecting the file with terminal shows that the file is owned by 'rpopp'.

File owner shown in terminal

Also note that I wish to show this property in finders list view for all files at once.

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  • Try Command+I while highlighting a file. Do you need more information than what is shown there? Apr 19, 2012 at 4:37
  • Yeah, the creator/owner does not appear in the info window, I also wish to see this as a column to see all files at once rather than a single file.
    – Brett Ryan
    Apr 19, 2012 at 5:20

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I appreciate this doesn't completely answer your question as its not a modification to Finder, but I've previously used Path Finder to do this - assuming you're willing to pay for and use a 3rd party application (though its does have a 30-day trial).

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  • binarybob, this could be the ticket for me, though it does sound overkill to buy a separate tool to just get the one field I'm after displaying. I'll have a think about it though and see. Are you aware if you can use the same tool on multiple computers? I've noticed it's not available in the app-store.
    – Brett Ryan
    Apr 19, 2012 at 8:52
  • @BrettRyan Looks like it according to... Can I install one Path Finder license onto multiple Macs?
    – binarybob
    Apr 19, 2012 at 9:15
  • Excellent, thanks binarybob, I haven't yet purchased this software though it looks the ticket so I will mark your answer as accepted. Thankyou for your help.
    – Brett Ryan
    Apr 19, 2012 at 9:19

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