System Requirements

Fileographer runs on macOS and on Linux.

macOS: Fileographer requires High Sierra (10.13) or newer.

Linux: Fileographer is an Electon app. Electron's binaries are built on Ubuntu 20.04 and have been verified to work on Ubuntu 14.04 and newer, on Fedora 24 and newer, and on Debian 8 and newer.

Fileographer offers you a seven day free trial, so you can verify that it works for you.


Download Fileographer from

macOS: The downloaded file will be a .zip file. Double-click it to unpack it. Double-click the resulting installer application to download and install the current version of Fileographer for your system.

Linux: The downloaded file will be an .AppImage file. Please save it to your desktop so you can launch Fileographer by double-clicking on it.

Note: On macOS, Google Chrome will give a warning when you download a .zip file. Please click the arrow to the right of the warning to keep the file.

Linux Configuration

On Linux, Fileographer uses the kernel's "inotify" feature to track changes to watched files and folders.

By default, Linux limits the number of files and folders that can be tracked.

You will likely need to raise your system's limit by adding the following line to your /etc/sysctl.conf file:


The simplest way to do this is to edit /etc/sysctl.conf using nano by entering the following at the command line:

sudo nano /etc/sysctl.conf

You'll then need to reload the configuration file by entering the following at the command line:

sudo sysctl --system


Fileographer works by tracking, in memory, the files that are in your favorite folders.

This allows you to jump—or hop—to any of those items very quickly.

When you launch Fileographer for the first time, you will need to specify your favorite folder or folders.

All preference setters include detailed explanations.

Launch on Startup

When you launch Fileographer, it scans your hard drive and makes an index of the files in your favorite folders.

On a typical installation, this can take about thirty seconds.

You should have Fileographer do this initial scan right when you start up your computer, so that Fileographer will have the index in memory when you want to use it.

macOS: You can have Fileographer be launched automatically. Choose Apple Menu > System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items. Click the plus sign, then select Fileographer from your list of applications.

Linux: You'll need to double-click the .AppImage file each time your computer starts up.

Hit F2

When you need Fileographer, hit F2.

The shortcut should work from any application.

Split-Pane View

Navigate by Typing

Navigate by typing a few characters.

Try ctrl-h

Try ctrl-m

Try ctrl-shift-m

File Previews

Edit Text Files

Create Text Files

Create text files by entering a file name and hitting ctrl-enter.

Create Folders

Create folders by entering a folder name and hitting ctrl-shift-enter.

Batch Rename

Hard Drive as Notes Database

If you keep free-form notes in a typical, dedicated note-taking application, your notes are probably stored in a database.

This puts a barrier between your notes and the rest of your digital life.

It means that the organization system that you use for your files can't help you organize your notes, too.

Instead, it makes sense to have one big folder tree on your hard drive—and to keep your notes in that tree, alongside any related files.

Fileographer lets you do that.

Hit F3

To capture ideas, hit F3 (from any application).

Hit shift-escape

See all toolbar buttons by hitting shift-escape.

Version History

v. 1.0.0 (2023-06-10):

  • Initial release for macOS and Linux.