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EagleFiler is a digital filing cabinet for your data. It includes a finder style layout that allows for a variety of ways to import and organize your information, add metadata, and quick and easy search methods for finding your information.

What makes EagleFiler unique is the way it stores your files and folders in the finder in an easily accessible way allowing you to use the database and finder side by side to navigate and access your files and folders.

The full tutorial covers:

  • Installation & Set Up
  • iCloud Sync Settings
  • Interface Overview
  • Importing Existing Files
  • Import with the Drop Pad & Capture Key
  • Import with System Extensions
  • Importing to File (To Import Folder)
  • Scanning into EagleFiler
  • Importing Email
  • Making Batch Changes
  • Working with Tags
  • Search
  • Extending & Exporting Files

App Store Links:

EagleFiler - Mac App Store

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EagleFiler - Link

Video Tutorial Comments

(7 comments posted)

Dawson David dawson

I'm delighted that you covered Eaglefiler. I have been using it since it was first developed (20 years?) and have yet to have it lose files, mangle data, or crash. Whenever I've had a question, there's an active and welcoming community on the program's website, but chances are Michael Tsai, the developer, will answer the question before anyone else gets to it. As always, I learned a lot here, even though I'm pretty familiar with the features of what I consider a great, well-established program. Good job, Todd. I appreciate it.


Hi David, That;s good to know. We have had quite a few requests over the years for Eagle Filer so I'm glad we finally were able to cover it!


Todd Olthoff

Hi David! Thanks so much for the comment and kinds remarks. Awesome to hear you have been using it that long with no issues! Glad the video was helpful!

Jeffrey Lozinger

Thank you for this video, Todd, as well as your series on DevonThink.
One thing I am confused about in both apps is how imported files are stored in the DB and how/where to open files for editing. If my question is too involved for you to answer here, can you point me in the right direction?

Here's my situation: I have a few thousand files in DropBox that are currently stored in folders by client, but I want to be able to find all project workplans, for instance, regardless of client.

When I import these files to EagleFiler, does the database contain a full, duplicate version of the DropBox files...or does the DB simply contain a record of each? To put it another way, if I import 1GB of DropBox files, does the EagleFiler DB grow to 1GB as well?

If so, when I need to modify an individual file, do I open it from the original in DropBox or from the dupe in EagleFiler? Does EagleFiler synchronize files between itself and DropBox? Or should I be using EagleFiler exclusively, and should delete the "originals" from DropBox?

Here are my concerns:
Worried about potentially having two copies of all my files, which lose synch with each other
Worried about not being able to use DropBox Selective Sync and running out of disk space on my MB Air.

Sorry for the long post, Todd, but hopefully you can understand where I'm coming from.
Thank you!
Dave L


Todd Olthoff

Hi Dave, Thanks for the comment! I'm so glad you liked the tutorial. As far as Dropbox syncing you would store the whole database in Dropbox so there would not be a duplicate database or files. This would keep one copy in dropbox that would sync to all your devices. You would however not want to choose to selectively sync any items because then you would get database errors that would sync to all your machines and cause issues. So you want to make sure you are ok syncing everything between devices if you are using Eaglefiler to manage those files. You would have to remember to not open Eaglefiler until the sync is complete before you open it on another Mac. Here is a link to the manual that talks about what to watch for in doing this: #how-can-i-access-my-lib. Hopefully that makes sense and helps you with your decision on how to use it. Thanks again and have a great week!

Cassim Peer



Todd Olthoff

When you download the application, you double click on the disk image (dmg) file and you need to then drag the EF icon to the applications folder. From there you double click on the application icon in the applications folder to launch it. Hope that helps!

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