Yandex.Disk 3.0 for macOS

Yandex.Disk 3.0 combines the features of the experimental Disk 2.0 and the classic Yandex.Disk desktop program. In the new program, you can work with files on your computer, syncing only the folders and files you need. Other folders and files are displayed in the program but are stored only in the cloud. You must use the internet to access them.

Note. To go back to the classic program or to Yandex.Disk 2.0, uninstall the new Yandex.Disk program first.
Restriction. Yandex.Disk can only be installed on computers running OS version 10.11 and later (El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave).
  1. How syncing works
  2. Install the application
  3. Log in to the application
  4. Custom syncing
  5. Upload files to Disk
  6. View and edit a file
  7. Download a file or folder
  8. Move a file or folder
  9. Sharing files and folders
  10. Delete a file or folder
  11. How do I quickly switch to frequently used files?
  12. Auto-uploading photos and videos
  13. Screenshots in Yandex.Disk
  14. Report an error

How syncing works

Each time you copy, edit or delete a Yandex.Disk file, these changes are replicated on the Yandex.Disk server and displayed on the Yandex.Disk page. And vice versa, if you upload files on the website, they'll be displayed in your Yandex.Disk desktop program.

Therefore, you see the same files on your Disk across all your connected devices. If you delete files from your desktop, they will be deleted from the cloud, too.

Note. To delete a file from your computer, but keep it on the server, set up custom syncing.

For more information, see Sync data.

Install the application

Download the application on the Yandex.Disk page. Once the download starts, the page will display instructions on how to launch the file (the file will launch automatically if you're using Safari).

Drag the Yandex.Disk app to the Applications folder on your computer.

If you previously installed the classic application or Yandex.Disk 2.0, you can uninstall the older application after installing the new one.

Log in to the application

You will be asked to enter your Yandex username and password the first time you launch the application. Until you log in, will display in the menu bar.

If you didn't log in right away after installing it, double-click on the app icon in the menu bar.

If you still don't have a Yandex account, click on Register to sign up. Then enter your username and password.

Attention. If you use two-factor authentication or have used it before, you need a one-time password generated by the “Yandex.Key” mobile app to log in to the Yandex.Disk program.

Custom syncing

Yandex.Disk 3.0 lets you synchronize just the files you choose on your Disk to save disk space on the computer. For example, if you work with the Documents folder a lot, you can turn on synchronization for it to store the folder on your computer. The rest of the folders are stored only in the cloud, but are also available in the program.

The syncing status is displayed to the right of the file or folder name.

  • — Syncing in progress
  • — The file or folder is stored on the computer
  • — The folder contents is partly stored on the computer
  • — The file or folder is stored only in the cloud
  • — The syncing status is unknown
  • — Syncing error

Store a file or folder on the computer

To enable syncing for a file or a folder, select them from the list and click the button above the list of files, or click Save to computer in the context menu. When the file is synced with the computer, the icon to its right changes from to . You can then view it in Finder: click Show in Finder in the file's context menu.

Store a file or folder in the cloud only

To free up space on your computer, turn off syncing for a file or folder. It is removed from the computer, but is still available on the Yandex.Disk page.

To do this, choose it in the list and click the button above the list of files or click Keep online only in the context menu. When a file or folder is removed from the computer, the icon to its right changes from to .

Upload files to Disk

From Finder

Open the Yandex.Disk folder in Finder and drag or copy the files to it. This way files are saved both on the computer in the Yandex.Disk folder and in the Yandex.Disk cloud.

From the Yandex.Disk application

Copy or drag the files to the application window. This way files are saved directly to the Yandex.Disk cloud and aren't stored in the Yandex.Disk folder on the computer.

Note. To save files and folders uploaded from the application both in the cloud and on the computer, right-click Yandex.Disk in the left menu and turn off the Save new files and folders online only option.
From the drop zone

If you frequently upload new files to Yandex.Disk, drag them into the drop zone that's displayed on top of all the windows in the lower-right corner of the screen. The files are uploaded to the Yandex.Disk root directory.

To enable the drop zone:

  1. Click the Disk icon in the menu bar.
  2. Select Settings in the menu.
  3. Turn on the Show drop zone option.

You can track file upload in the Tasks section (in the left menu of the program).

Note. If your internet connection is disrupted, your uploads are paused. Upload will continue when the connection is back.

Once uploaded, the files appear on the server. You can open your Disk page to make sure that all the files have been uploaded successfully.

View and edit a file

To open a file for viewing or to make changes, double-click on it in the file list. The file opens in the default application for this file type. If you want to open a file in a different app, choose this app in the file context menu.

When you edit and save a file, the changes are automatically uploaded to Yandex.Disk.

Download a file or folder

In the context menu of a file or folder, choose Save copy to Downloads folder on computer.

Note. The downloaded file doesn't sync with the cloud. If you downloaded and edited a file and want to add it to Yandex.Disk, upload it manually.

You can see the file download progress in the Tasks section (in the left menu of the program). Once the file is downloaded, you will see a pop-up notification in the upper-right corner of the screen. Click the notification to open the folder with the file.

Files are downloaded to your system's “Downloads” folder.

Move a file or folder

Moving files and folders works the same way as on a computer: just drag and drop them to the place you want.

To move an item, drag it to a folder. If you want to move a file to a subfolder, hold your cursor over the folder to open it.

Sharing files and folders

Choose an item and click the button above the file list or choose Copy link from the context menu. If you click on an empty field inside the folder, then you can copy the link to that folder.

Delete a file or folder

Attention. When you delete files in the program, they are moved to the Trash and stored there for 30 days. They are then automatically deleted from the server. Once deleted from the server, these files cannot be restored. To delete a file from your computer, but keep it on the server, set up custom syncing.

There are several ways to delete an item:

  • Drag it to the Trash icon in the folder tree on the left.
  • In the context menu of the file or folder, choose Move to Trash.

To empty the Trash, right-click on the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

How do I quickly switch to frequently used files?

To view files that you recently worked with, go to Recent (in the left menu of the app). This list displays the files changed both via the app and via the Yandex.Disk website.

You can also configure a list of frequently used folders — the Favorites section (in the left menu of the app). To add a folder to this section, simply drag it there from the list of files and folders. To remove a folder from Favorites, select Remove from side menu in the context menu.

Auto-uploading photos and videos

The Yandex.Disk application doesn't support auto-uploading from devices connected to the computer. But you can turn on unlimited auto-uploading in the Yandex.Disk mobile app or upload files manually.

With unlimited auto-uploading enabled, photos and videos aren't saved to the Camera Uploads folder or synced with the computer program. To make photos from unlimited auto-uploading available on the computer, enable auto-downloads:

  1. Open the Yandex.Disk → Settings menu.
  2. Go to the Camera Uploads tab.
  3. Enable the Copy photos and videos to computer so they are readily accessible option.
  4. Choose where to create the Photos and videos from Yandex.Disk folder for downloaded photos and videos.
  5. Choose if you want to download all photos and videos that were auto-uploaded to Disk, or only the new ones.

Screenshots in Yandex.Disk

You can create and edit screenshots with the Yandex.Disk desktop program, save them to your Yandex.Disk, and share them.

Learn more in the article Screenshots in Yandex.Disk for macOS.

Report an error

If you encounter a problem using the “Yandex.Disk” program, use the feedback form to let us know. Attach the program logs to the message.

Retrieving your app logs

  1. Open the Help menu.
  2. Hold down the Ctrl key and click Report an error to Yandex. A folder containing the ZIP archive you selected opens automatically.
  3. Attach this archive to the feedback form.

If the program does not install or does not start, retrieve the logs manually:

  1. Open Finder, copy the address / Library/Application Support / Yandex.Disk.2 and insert it in the address field.
  2. Press Enter.
  3. Archive the contents of the folder that opens.
  4. Open Finder, copy the address / Library/Logs/Diagnostics and paste it into the address bar.
  5. Press Enter.
  6. Archive the contents of the folder that opens.
  7. Attach both these archives to the feedback form.