Yandex.Disk for macOS

The Yandex.Disk program combines the features of the experimental Disk 2.0 and the classic Yandex.Disk program. In the new program, you can work with files on the computer, synchronizing only those folders and files that 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, remove the new Yandex.Disk program first.
Restriction. Yandex.Disk can only be installed on computers running OS X version 10.11 or higher (El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra).
  1. Install the application
  2. Log in to the application
  3. Custom synchronization
  4. Upload files to Disk
  5. View and edit a file
  6. Download a file or folder
  7. Move a file or folder
  8. Share a file or folder
  9. Delete a file or folder
  10. Auto-upload photos and videos
  11. Screenshots in Yandex.Disk
  12. Report a bug

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 had the classic application or Yandex.Disk 2.0 installed, you can remove the old 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 haven't registered on Yandex yet, click Register to sign up. Then enter your username and password in the program.

Attention. If you use two-factor authentication, you will need a one-time password, which is generated by the “Yandex.Key” app, to log in to the Yandex.Disk application.

Custom synchronization

The Yandex.Disk program lets you synchronize just the files of your choice on your Disk and save disk space on the computer. For example, if you often work with the “Documents” folder, turn on synchronization for it so this folder will be stored on the computer. All other folders will be stored only online. You can view them on the Disk page.

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 content is partly stored on the computer.
  • — The file or folder is stored online only.
  • — The syncing status is unknown.
  • — Syncing error.

Store a file or folder on the computer

To turn on syncing for files or folders, choose them from the list and click the button above the file list or click Save to computer from the context menu. When the file is synced with the computer, the icon to the right of it 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 online only

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

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

Upload files to Disk

From Finder

Open the 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 online.

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 you see on top of the system tray in the lower right corner of the screen. To turn on the drop zone:

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

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

Note. If your internet connection is disrupted, your upload will be paused. When the connection is restored, the upload will resume.

After you upload your files, they will be 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 program, choose this program in the file's context menu.

When you edit a file and save it, changes are automatically uploaded to Yandex.Disk. The information about the upload is displayed in the Tasks section.

Download a file or folder

In the context menu of the 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 the 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 where 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.

Share a file or folder

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

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.

Auto-upload photos and videos

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

To make photos from the unlimited auto-upload available in the Yandex.Disk program on the computer, turn on automatic download for them:

  1. Open the Yandex.Disk → Settings menu.
  2. Go to the Camera Uploads tab.
  3. Turn on 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 auto-uploaded on the Disk or only the newly added ones.

Screenshots in Yandex.Disk

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

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

Report a bug

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