How to Download YouTube videos with Dropzone 4

Today I want to show you how to setup and use an action for Dropzone 4 that allows you to download videos from YouTube.

First you’re going to need Dropzone 4 Pro. You can download this from the homepage here. This comes with a 14 day trial of Pro so you can test this out for free if you don’t have a license already. Note that you need the non-Mac App Store version of Dropzone 4 for this.

Once you’ve downloaded and run Dropzone you’re going to want to goto the Dropzone add-on actions page and click the ‘Install’ button for the YouTube Downloader action as shown below:

The YouTube Downloader action will then be downloaded and installed.
You will be prompted to add it to the Dropzone grid. Click the ‘Add to Grid’ button:

You will now be prompted to select a folder for the videos to be downloaded into. Choose a folder and click ‘Open’:

That’s the basic setup done. You will now have the YouTube Downloader action in your Dropzone grid. The easiest way to use it is to goto a video you want to download in your favourite browser and then right click on the URL, go into the ‘Services’ submenu and click ‘Run Dropzone Action’ as shown below:

You can also select the URL and use the Ctrl+Option+Command+D keyboard shortcut to trigger the Run Dropzone action service.

Dropzone will now popup and ask you what action you want to use. You can just click on the ‘YouTube Downloader’ action:

The video will be downloaded into the chosen folder, and the progress of the download will be shown in the grid and in the Dropzone menu item:

You’ll also get a notification when the video download is complete:

Also this action doesn’t just work for downloading YouTube videos, but literally hundreds of other video sites as well.
There’s a comprehensive list of supported sites here.

Enjoy. And please consider supporting our work by purchasing a Dropzone 4 Pro license if you find this useful.

Dropzone 4 Shortcuts Integration: Add Screenshot to Drop Bar from a Shortcut

Following on from last weeks demo of using Dropzone in a Shortcuts workflow to take a screenshot and upload to an SFTP server, I wanted to show off another handy Shortcuts integration that Dropzone 4 now includes:

In this screencast I first give a basic overview of Drop Bar then show you how to setup a Shortcut to take a screenshot and put it in Drop Bar, ready for dragging into another app or onto a Dropzone action.

This Shortcuts action lets you add files to the Drop Bar area of Dropzone from within a Shortcut. This can be used with any Shortcuts action that outputs files.

I’ve included a screenshot of the Shortcut setup below to help you replicate this yourself:

Adding to Drop Bar in Dropzone from Shortcuts

I hope you find this useful and it inspires you to try out Shortcuts with Dropzone and come up with your own timesaving Shortcuts.
Also note that you need to be on macOS 12 or later as the Shortcuts app in macOS was added in macOS 12.

Dropzone 4 Shortcuts Integration: Take Screenshot & Upload with SFTP

If you haven’t tried out the new Shortcuts app that ships with macOS 12 and later then it’s well worth checking out. You can quickly build some great timesaving automations to make commonly performed tasks faster and easier.

Below is a video showing how to setup a Shortcut that takes an interactive screenshot and uploads it to an SFTP server and then puts the resulting URL on the clipboard. It also shows you how you can trigger the Shortcut from within Dropzone using the ‘Run Shortcut’ action:

Note that you need the non-Mac App Store version of Dropzone 4 to add the Shortcut into the Dropzone grid due to sandboxing restrictions.

As shown in the video above, the new Dropzone Shortcut actions allow you trigger Dropzone grid actions from within a Shortcut and add some great extra functionality (such as sharing files with services that aren’t natively provided by Shortcuts). You can run any action in your Dropzone grid via Shortcuts and pass along files or text to use when running a Dropzone grid action.

All of the available Dropzone Shortcut actions are shown below:

Dropzone 4 Available Shortcuts Screenshot

You can preconfigure different Dropzone actions in your Dropzone grid (such as different SFTP or Amazon S3 servers for example) and then run the appropriate Dropzone action from a Shortcut using the above Shortcut actions.

I’ve also added a screenshot of the Shortcut setup from the above video so you can copy this yourself:

Dropzone Take Interactive Screenshot & Upload to SFTP Server

I hope this will inspire you to check out the Shortcuts app and try setting up some Shortcuts of your own.
This is just scratching the surface of what you can do with Shortcuts and Dropzone and I’m looking forward to sharing some more workflows with you soon.

Dropzone 4 versus Dropzone 3 – Should I upgrade?

A common question I get asked is: What are the key differences between Dropzone 3 and Dropzone 4 and is it worth upgrading?

Therefore I have created a list of the most noteworthy new features and enhancements in Dropzone 4 that do not exist in Dropzone 3:

  • A redesigned and improved user interface
  • Support for multiline grid action labels
  • Full support for macOS Ventura
  • Full support for Apple Silicon
  • Dark mode support
  • New option added to always enable dark mode
  • Google Drive uploading now built-in
  • Improved alternative mail client support
  • TinyURL shortener support
  • Support for linking a TinyURL account
  • A new Resize Images action
  • A new Open URL action
  • A new Run AppleScript action
  • Improved grid performance
  • Ability to Run Shortcuts from Dropzone via an action under macOS 12 and later
  • New Dropzone Shortcuts actions that allow you to run Dropzone actions and add to Drop Bar via Shortcuts workflows
  • Quick Look items in Drop Bar by hovering over and pressing spacebar
  • Stash text in Drop Bar and quickly insert it into other applications
  • Drop Bar now allows you to separate a stack into into individual items
  • New subscription or lifetime payment model
  • Improved status item clarity on non-retina displays
  • Updated notifications that allow you to click on a notification to take you to an uploaded file URL
  • Clicking an action in the grid now opens its config dialog if it has no click handler
  • Python actions are now run with python3
  • Holding option key when dragging from the grid now keeps an item in Drop Bar
  • Improvements to Drop Bar handling of missing source files

This list does not include some of the other minor bug fixes and architecture improvements that have been going on behind the scenes with the app but provides a general idea of the major advantages of Dropzone 4. Also note that Dropzone 4 is now a freemium app so some of the above functionality is now included for free while certain features require a Dropzone 4 Pro serial or a subscription.

Dropzone 3 does still continue to receive occasional bug fix updates but the development focus has now shifted to Dropzone 4 so it is highly recommended that you upgrade.

If you have a Dropzone 3 license then you can receive a 30% off discount on your Dropzone 4 Pro license by putting your serial in on this page. If you purchased Dropzone 3 via the Mac App Store and do not have a serial then please email us and we will be able to assist you with getting a discounted upgrade.

Dropzone 4 Drop Bar adds Quick Look support

Dropzone 4.2.4 has just been released and now includes support for Quick Look in Drop Bar.
Here’s a quick promo video demonstrating this new feature:

Quick Look in Drop Bar is available to all Dropzone 4 Pro Lifetime and subscription customers. You can pickup a Dropzone 4 Pro Lifetime license for a one time cost of $35 from the link below and unlock this and many other Dropzone 4 Pro features.

Buy Dropzone 4 Pro for $35 (USD)

By purchasing a license you’ll also be supporting continued development and allowing me to keep pushing out great new features and improving the app.

Dropzone 4 Resize Images Action Demo

Dropzone 4 now includes a Resize Images action which allows you to resize and convert images between different formats and also change the JPG compression amount. This action is great for preparing images for emailing or for uploading to a website.

I have made a video showing how to use the action below:

The Resize Images action is available for free in Dropzone 4.
Download Dropzone 4 from

Dropzone 4 – Getting ready for macOS Monterey


I wanted to give you a brief update on the latest Dropzone developments.

The newest update (version 4.1.7) is out now and provides preliminary macOS Monterey support and also brings a new action for you to try out if you happen to be testing out the macOS Monterey beta.

As you may know the Shortcuts app is coming to macOS in the next version of macOS and there are some awesome new workflows possible. It’s definitely shaping up to be a fantastic upgrade from Automator.

Apple have also done a great job of making Shortcuts extensible for developers and so I’ve been looking at how Dropzone can take advantage of these new APIs.

To begin with I have added a new action that allows you to easily run Shortcuts from the Dropzone grid. If you’re running Dropzone 4 under Monterey then this new action will appear in your Dropzone add actions menu. Note that this action currently also requires the non-Mac App Store or Setapp version of Dropzone.

This is just the beginning and I have much deeper integration planned (such as the ability to run Dropzone actions from within a Shortcuts workflow) but in the meantime, make sure you update to 4.1.7 and keep the feedback coming!


The complete change log for 4.1.7 is provided below:

  • New Action: Run Shortcut – Under macOS Monterey beta there is now a new action available to run shortcuts
  • Clicking an action in the grid now opens its config dialog if it has no click handler
  • Python actions are now run with python3
  • Resize Images action now supports HEIC images
  • Fixes issue where AirDrop would not show as an option under macOS Monterey beta
  • Fixes issue where clicking AirDrop action would not open Finder window
  • Fixes issue where clicking menu item would not open grid under macOS Monterey in dual monitor configurations
  • Fixes broken preferences buttons under macOS Monterey beta

The update has been released on the Mac App Store, Setapp and for the version available direct from us.
I hope you enjoy the update! Feel free to comment below or email if you have any questions or feedback.

Dropzone 4 Updated for macOS Big Sur and Apple Silicon

Dropzone 4 Icon

I’m thrilled to announce another big Dropzone 4 update. Dropzone now fully supports Apple Silicon and the new M1 MacBooks and Mac Minis and will run natively without requiring the use of Rosetta. The app icon has been refined as above and the app has been made to look and feel like it fits in with the new Big Sur design language.

Dropzone 4 Running on the MacBook Air M1 Dropzone 4 Running on the MacBook Air M1

I was excited to test out Big Sur and see how fast Dropzone would compile on the new M1 hardware. I use a 13-inch 2020 MacBook Pro (1.4GHz i5) as my main development machine and the M1 MacBook air is over 60% faster at compiling Dropzone. I have posted the results below. It’s amazing how fast these new machines really are.

Build times

In terms of design changes Big Sur has a new translucent menu bar that changes style depending on the desktop background lightness. In this update the Dropzone 4 drag area has been made to keep its coloring consistent with the new menu bar style.

Dropzone-Light-Bg Light Background Drag Overlay Dropzone-Dark-Bg Dark Background Drag Overlay

I have also tweaked the Dropzone preferences design to use the new built in SF Symbols font:


Along with these changes there are various other visual tweaks to ensure Dropzone fits right in. There are also lots of other bug fixes and improvements in this release so I highly recommend updating to this version. The update has been released on the Mac App Store, Setapp and for the version available direct from us.

I hope you enjoy the update! Feel free to comment below or email if you have any questions or feedback.

Dropzone 4.1.4 Changes

  • Updated and improved for macOS Big Sur
  • Support for Apple Silicon
  • Updated app icon
  • Drag area now automatically adjusts to dark/light tint depending on menu bar color
  • Improved status item clarity on non-retina displays
  • Updated preferences toolbar
  • Improved Open URL action title detection

You can download Dropzone 4.1.4 from here.

Dropzone 4 Open URL Action Added


Dropzone 4.1.3 has just been released. This version adds a new ‘Open URL’ action that allows you to add URLs to the grid for fast opening.
I’ve recorded a quick demo video showing how to use it below:

It auto-downloads an icon for a website and it also works with file URLs such as /Users/john/Documents/document.pdf
For file URLs it will even generate a quicklook preview for the file and use this as the action icon.

If you’re running the Pro version of Dropzone 4 then you can add as many Open URL shortcuts to your grid as you like. The free version is limited to one only.

This new action is available in the non-Mac App Store, App Store and direct download versions of the latest version of Dropzone 4.

Dropzone 4 Non-Mac App Store Version Released


It’s finally here: Today I am excited to announce the non-Mac App Store version of Dropzone 4.

I’ve been listening carefully to all the feedback after the initial launch of Dropzone 4 on the Mac App Store and then Setapp.
A large amount of the feedback was around Dropzone moving to the subscription model and even though many users told me they love this, many also still wanted to be able to just pay a one off fee for Dropzone 4 rather than paying a monthly recurring fee. There were also users that were frustrated that they weren’t able to get a discount on Dropzone 4 after they purchased Dropzone 3.

This is all changing today.

Today I am launching the non-Mac App Store version which comes with two different options for upgrading to Dropzone 4 Pro:

  • Dropzone 4 Pro Lifetime: A one off purchase for $35 USD. This gives you all the Dropzone 4 Pro features without paying a recurring fee.
  • Dropzone 4 Pro Subscription: A recurring monthly fee of $1.99 USD/month. This is the same option that is currently offered in the Mac App Store version.

This new Dropzone 4 Pro Lifetime purchase option gives you all the benefits of a subscription for the lifetime of Dropzone 4 but you do not have to pay any recurring monthly subscription fee. A Dropzone 4 Pro Lifetime license will also include cloud features, such as cloud actions we host and update and any Pro specific features or actions we add for the lifetime of Dropzone 4.

I’ve carefully chosen the $35 USD price point for Dropzone 4 Pro Lifetime to take into account the fact that there won’t be a source of recurring revenue after the initial purchase and to strike a good balance between making the business viable and not making the app prohibitively expensive. And the subscription option is also supported for non-Mac App Store users who prefer to pay a lower fee for the app on a monthly recurring basis.

And how about those discounted upgrades from Dropzone 3? This is also now an option. If you have a Dropzone 3 license you can now goto this page, enter your serial and get 30% off the purchase price of Dropzone 4 Pro Lifetime or 10% recurring off a Dropzone 4 Pro subscription. For Dropzone 4 Pro Lifetime this works out to only $24.50 USD one time. If you went with a Dropzone 4 Pro Subscription you would pay only $1.79/month with this discount.

The other key thing with this release is that the non-Mac App Store version of Dropzone 4 runs unsandboxed, so once you download this version you can now install and use all your favourite unsandboxed actions again. You can read more about how sandboxing impacts Dropzone 4 here.

It’s great to be able to offer all these choices and this is in large part thanks to Paddle who are handling our billing for the non-Mac App Store version of Dropzone 4 Pro.

With billing for Dropzone 4 now sorted, you can look forward to some exciting new updates and additions to the app in the near future.
You can download the latest Dropzone 4 non-Mac App Store version from here. The Dropzone 4 Pro Lifetime purchase option is available inside Dropzone 4 from the License tab in the Preferences or from our homepage here.

Feel free to post in the comments if you have any questions or feedback.

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