Where does the Finder "application" live?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Hunabku, Oct 23, 2006.

  1. Hunabku macrumors regular


    Feb 9, 2006
    Turtle Island
    Wasn't sure i should call the finder an application as it is part of the os. I was wondering in which directory/pkg it lives so that i can assign unique mouse buttons set to it.

  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway

    BTW, you can add a Quit Finder to the Finder menu, either with something like TinkerTool, or using Terminal and this command: defaults write com.apple.finder QuitMenuItem -bool yes
  3. benjaminaho macrumors member


    Feb 17, 2010
    United States
    If "Finder" is considered to be an application used by Mac OS X, Just as "Dock" is, then wouldn't "Dock" be in your dock, just as "Finder" is?
  4. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    Wut? The OS X dock is just an application. Nothing actually resides in there, well other than Spaces, Exposé, and Dashboard, but that's a little different.
  5. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Many applications don't display a Dock icon. Just a few I have running right now include Plex Media Server, Facebook Notifications, Quicksilver, FuzzyClock. Besides, the Finder does have an icon in the Dock, so I'm not really sure what you're suggesting anyways.

    There's obviously no need for the Dock to display a Dock icon, so of course it's among those that doesn't.

  6. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Among the items in my Applications Folder:

    But, no Dock or Finder. Now I know that Finder is an Application, but I've never thought of Dock that way. But, there it is, along with Finder, and Spotlight. (Dock and Spotlight being in System Preferences, as are Expose and Spaces)

    I find that interesting.
  7. qfox44 macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2011
    Find the core services folder, it should be there. Just follow your way with the folders whose icons have X's on them.
  8. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    Before you answer a question, it's always a good idea to take a look at the date it was asked. Thanks for the effort, but chances are this guy has moved on by now. I suggest you take a look at quick links->today's posts to see current threads where the users are still expecting a response.
  9. MacTheKnife macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    Does anyone know where the Finder app is in Lion?

    I installed Lion about a week ago. After a week of smooth operation, I accidentally reset the defaults on my Logitech keyboard, so the button that previously pointed to the Finder app no longer does. I was trying to reset it to do so but now I am having difficulty finding where the Finder app resides.

    It used to be in system/library/core services/finder.app, but I can't find this on Lion. Whether it is still called Finder.app or something different, I know something comparable exists because I was able to use the keyboard shortcut to access it before I accidentally reset the default settings.

    Does anyone know the answer? Thanks
  10. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I just started Finder in Lion and inspected it in Activity Monitor and it shows the below location.

    I suspect you cannot see CoreServices in Finder because it is hidden.
  11. MacTheKnife macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks Weaselboy!

    Yes you're absolutely right--I wasn't able to view hidden files but I finally figured out how to do it. (Actually I downloaded Path Finder yesterday and it has an option to view hidden files; I still don't know how to view hidden files on Finder but I am going to look into it after I finish this message.)

    Anyway I was able to set up my keyboard shortcut to point to the Finder app again so I'm happy. :) Thanks again for your response!

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