HierarchicalDock 1.2

Quickly add folders to your dock, sort and preview directory contents.

HierarchicalDock is all about getting quick access to your files and folders. The application allows you to access data in a hierarchical manner, similar to Windows Explorer, from the comfort of Mac's docking bar. Program commands are triggered by multiple keyboard and mouse events.

The utility was primarily created to restore a popular feature that has been removed with the arrival of Leopard - hierarchical navigation. The addition of a folder to the dock is done by first dragging it into the program's interface and afterward by adding it to the dock. Once the folder appears in the dock, users can open the directory, reveal hidden files, show a file in Finder, copy the path of an item. In addition to folder hierarchy, HierarchicalDock uses Quick Look to preview the size and number of files contained within each folder. Folders may be added only one at a time into the program's drop zone.

Using a Snow Leopard (Mac OS 10.6) however, I was unable to successfully test most of what the application promises. Apart from opening a folder with Finder (command + click), nothing else works; I could not bring up a hierarchy folder menu, reveal hidden data or copy file paths. Overall, while hierarchical navigation is always a great function to look forward to, this tool is not the one to provide it.

Rory Shaffer
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Review summary


  • Drag and drop support
  • Folder hierarchy
  • Sort menu items


  • Can only drop one folder at a time
  • Only opens a folder in Finder
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