Tracker (file manager)

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Haiku Tracker on the Haiku Desktop
Haiku Tracker on the Haiku Desktop
Developer(s) Haiku Project
Stable release
623 (Tracker), 478 (Deskbar)
Preview release
Alpha Two / May 10, 2010; 7 years ago (2010-05-10)
Written in C++
Operating system Haiku (operating system)
Type Desktop Management Tools
License BSD license (free software)

Haiku Tracker is a graphical user interface for managing files of the Haiku operating system. It is somewhat similar to Finder on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X.

Haiku Tracker is based on OpenTracker which in turn is based on Tracker found in the BeOS.


The original Tracker was created by Be Inc., as part of BeOS, but was opensourced in late 2000. The project was managed by Be until its close-down in late 2001, when it moved to SourceForge under the guidance of Axel Dörfler, the chief non-Be contributor. It is under the OpenTracker License, which is a barely modified BSD license that allows the use of the Be trademark Tracker to be used.


Deskbar of the Haiku operating system with open Deskbar Menu

The Deskbar is a taskbar that is by default placed in the upper right corner of the screen of the Haiku operating system. It is composed of the deskbar menu, the tray (clock information panel) and the list of running programs. The Tracker is always showed on the top of the list of running programs.

Using Tracker[edit]

Mounting Volumes[edit]

In order to access any memory device for the first time the user has to mount the volume, that means, let the system know it is there. This is done with a right-click on the Desktop, then choosing volume from the Mount submenu, which is also found in Deskbar.

Drilling down the submenus[edit]

This is a useful feature of the Tracker. Instead of double-clicking in order to open a folder, the user can right-click and move down the hierarchy in the submenu. Every folder is represented by another submenu, not by new window.

Transaction status[edit]

The Tracker shows the progress of copying, moving or deleting files. It also lets the user stop or pause current transactions.

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