Recent Redux

Recent Redux

Powerful live monitoring of file access on your computer. Recent Redux is a tool keeping track of files and folders which have been recently used on your computer. It is updated live and allows for direct access to these files and folders. If you want, you can also define filters to show you just those files you need.

Version 1.0.2. OS X 10.6 or later required. For free.
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Live File Access Monitoring

Recent Redux shows a live updated list of recently accessed local files and folders with file name, type, date and time. The tooltip contains additional information on file or folder size and path. Decide where to search and for many past hours Recent Redux should monitor recently accessed files.


Right in the context menu: Preview, open and copy files, copy their file paths and show them in Finder. Recent Redux also supports drag and drop for easily putting your recent files where you want them to be. E-mail sharing is supported, too (, Entourage 2008, Outlook 2011 and Postbox).


Use the filter bar to instantly narrow down the list of recent files. Modify and sort the filter bar as you like it. Use pre-defined filters for documents, PDF files, media files, images, folders and applications, or create your own filters.

For Your Convenience

Use the built-in system-wide hotkey to activate Recent Redux, no matter where you are. If you like to, make Recent Redux to always stay in front of all other windows on your screen. Even easier to find: Open the Dock Menu for lightning-fast access to the ten most recent files.


Recent Redux Main Window
Recent Redux Filter Editor

Release Notes

Recent Redux 1.0.2 (May 2012)

Fixed: Files and folders with change dates in the future don't show up anymore; Recent Redux app doesn't show in search results anymore; Trial version now shows only one help menu.

Recent Redux 1.0.1 (April 2012)

Fixed: Issue of preferences window not showing.

Recent Redux 1.0 (March 2011)

Initial release.


How do I create a custom filter for a file type?

Open the Queries Pane in the Preferences Window and click on the Add symbol in the lower left of the window. Then press the Edit Query button and add a new predicate line by clicking on the add symbol at the  end of the first line. The easiest way is to give the new line the  content: ‘filename ends with xxx’, where ‘xxx’ is the extension of your  desired file type, for example ‘doc’, ‘mp3′, ‘jpg’ or ‘psd’.

What are Uniform Type Identifiers (UTI)?

An UTI is a text string designed for identifying a specific data type on OS X (see the Wikipedia entry for a general discussion). In principle, every file and folder is  identified by a number of UTIs contained in the file’s/folder’s  metadata. There doesn’t seem to be an exhausting list of UTIs used in OS  X, but some common UTIs are ‘public.content’, ‘com.adobe.pdf’,  ‘public.image’, ‘public.folder’ and so on. However, there is a list of system provided UTIs.

How can I select more than one file at the same time?

This is not possible at the moment but will be implemented in a future release.

Why does Recent Redux sometimes fail to monitor a file change?

Due to technical limitations, Recent Redux cannot monitor files which are low-level accessed by applications, which are stored inside databases and it also cannot monitor applications running from the Menu Bar. There may be issues with custom filters for certain file types. Moreover, Recent Redux doesn’t monitor files stored in network or cloud locations.

Why should I use Recent Redux instead of Recent Menu?

Recent Redux has a number of functions Recent Menu doesn't have:

  • Recent Redux updates the displayed information on recently accessed files and folders in real-time.
  • Recent Redux shows more information about recently accessed files and folders, i.e. the time and date the file or folder was accessed.
  • Recent Redux is more handy as switching views between different filters is just a matter of a click.
  • Recent Redux offers quite more ways of interacting with files and folders listed. It also allows you to select the application with which you want to open a listed file or folder, to copy it to the pasteboard, to copy its file path or to share it via email.
  • Recent Redux allows for more complex filter predicates.